Audacious Hope ...
The Creative Urge to Grow
As we impatiently hang on through spring’s roller coaster of warm-ups and chill-downs we see all around us, as writer Henry Miller observed, that “all is creation, all is change, all is flux and all is metamorphosis”.
And change is definitely in the air … after a bitterly cold winter we finally passed through the Vernal Equinox on March 21, accompanied by a new moon and solar eclipse. And just over a week ago we similarly felt the emotional stirrings of a lunar eclipse occurring in conjunction with a full ‘pink’ moon. Those latest astronomical events also coincided with the Christian observances of Passover and Easter. That’s some pretty amazing transformative energies we experienced in a relatively short period of time.
Nowhere are regenerative forces more obvious than in the unfailing promise of what lies just beneath the ground right now in “the audacious hope of rooted things”. This beautiful sentiment written by author Cynthia Bond really struck a chord with me over the last few weeks as I found myself drawn to the words of several writers, noticing how they shared similarities about this “creative urge to grow”, the “seed which never stops trying”, that “single unstoppable force of life – all life.”
Some words from French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin seemed almost in response to Cynthia Bond: “what paralyzes life is lack of faith and lack of audacity”.
And a few days later my inbox provided another (rather quirky) little 'growth' observation from Mike Dooley, creator of TUT.com, in the form of “the reason trees are so good at time management is because they do one thing at a time to the very best of their ability”.
Yet another tree analogy I discovered was from psychotherapist Ira Progoff: “the inner growth of a person is irregular, for it often disappears from view for long periods. The psychological cycles of growth move so slowly and circuitously that even when something very important is germinating underneath, people are often misled into believing that no growth is taking place at all”.
Humans, like trees and all other living things, are filled with this ‘audacious hope’, the ‘creative urge to grow’, and it is the very times when it appears nothing is happening - such as in winter or moments of deep rest, grief or stillness - when the most constructive developments are actually taking place.
Like seeds beneath the hard winter ground, the first incubating stages of creative process (or of any transformative process requiring a change from one state of being to another) we, like “an acorn contains in its unconscious the dream of the oak tree … have inside of us unlived potentials. All other species have a more or less objective pattern of development that could be described as their growth, but the characteristic of human beings is that we reach a point where our continued growth depends upon our relationship with ourselves, with our inner world. What makes it so elusive is that it has to happen from the inside.” (Ira Progoff)
This invisible force or compulsion to develop and transform - call it Spirit, Chi or the ‘Tao’ (the Way) - operates at a fundamental level throughout our universe. Being in sync with this flow of energy is essential to the ability to germinate, grow and bear fruit, to live harmoniously and in balance. Like a seed or an acorn, with all its potential to become a mighty oak tree, the ‘creative urge to grow’ is about being aware of the physical laws of the universe and knowing how to harness that power and work with it, not against it.
Nature continually provide us with an ideal model of how to accomplish this, how to direct the events of our life, not by force but by using methods that do not create resistance or negativity but follow the natural and vital flow of energy available freely to all living things … this is simply natural law.
It is the Buddhist way as well as the acorn’s. If we remain steadfast and true to our purpose, allow the unknown to guide us and trust with acceptance and patience, we “gain the strength of the very earth” (from the I Ching). Creative potential is alive within each and every one of us, just like the seeds we know are ready and waiting at this moment in time for exactly the right conditions to allow them to push forth and burst above the ground.
All growing things know instinctively what to do. For humans, this also requires getting below the clutter of our own fears, our out-of-balance desires, our egos, jealousy, impatience – deep into the interior where the vital life force resides – and letting our seeds germinate according to Nature’s ‘unstoppable force of life’. By doing so we can develop, grow and ultimately fulfil our potential, becoming the mighty oak trees we are meant to be.
Be sure to check out my upcoming "Seed to Seed" and "Tree of Life" workshops if you are feeling ready to let things 'sprout'. Or give yourself a time-out and join me this coming Saturday at our first Red Tent Gathering. As soon as Nature begins presenting her own beautiful palette of spring colours I always get a burst of energy too and the strong desire to paint. I welcome you to visit or join me during this abundant season of life as we celebrate all things fresh and new!
May you enjoy the dance!
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