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Moving Toward Change

Moving Toward Change

by Debra Mae White on February 16, 2017


“All of life is a constant turning in on itself in the very process of birthing more of itself into being.” – Geralyn Gendreau 

A great spiritual teacher once told me, life yearns for itself, all movement is toward wholeness.

To bring about change beyond change, big evolutionary change, requires a dismantling of the old paradigm. Our task is to discern what will not serve us going forward; to walk away from what won’t work anymore. In the process, we become divided between who we once were and who we will become. The division that we live cradles the opportunity to shift, transform and become the next best version of ourselves.

Many years ago, I practiced the martial art of Aikido. In Aikido, you never resist your opponent, you strive to redirect his energy. As you unite with his force while it is moving, using your intent, higher vision and devotion, the flow of energy shifts. In choosing not to counter opposition with obstruction or aggression, alchemy occurs.

When we are called to action, can we join forces with what is moving forward, rise and contribute to the change being birthed?  Can we use what we see before us to open our hearts with compassion? If the process of life changing doesn’t look like we expect, can we stop trying to make sense of what can never make sense and move on toward wholeness?

A segment that I saw featuring the renowned spiritual teacher, Michael Beckwith stayed with me for months after the show aired. In his profound wisdom, the reverend reminds us that a solution does not lie in focusing on the problem at hand. Instead, he tells us to walk toward the possibility, to enter the potential and he calls upon prayer as the tool to help get us there.

For now, the dual world we must bear reminds me of the Hindu Goddess, Kali who is both the destroyer and the creator of life. There can be violence in the task of transformation, sometimes even the divine is ruthless.

What are you moving toward? 

Savor the moment…

Debra Mae

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Amy Isaman March 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Debra – this is beautiful. And it’s funny that I didn’t really see it in my email feed until today, right when I needed to hear these words. My life is in a transition right now – empty nester, career changes, aging/ill parents – lots of change, but this was a lovely reminder that meeting this change with compassion allows those possibilities and paradigm shifts to happen.
Thank you.


Debra Mae March 18, 2017 at 5:18 pm

We are walking the same path Amy. In fact, many of us are in the throes of multiple life changes. So appreciate knowing my words have brought some comfort to you. May you be blessed as the next chapter unfolds.


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