Cracking Growth

Or to put it another way darklings, trust the process at play. Be complicit in your evolution. Lady Eclipsia is a maniacal maven, interested only in our growth at all costs. Her methods are often devious, unscrupulous, insane. She will not bow to your tears nor cower at your shaken fist. She will only push back harder. Growing pains are just that and they pass. Discomfort is required to galvanise change in the face of our stubborn resistance. Submit.

This perfect wisdom from Alice Walker.

Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even realise that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realise that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.

This is why I remain a rabid fan of eclipsia. Trust the process, darklings. Stick with it. Don’t panic. If you’re not growing, you’re withering away. And if the bark isn’t cracking, your armour is stunting your growth.

Image of eucalyptus shedding by @hipporacle