"Our life journey is often defined in a linear fashion. Some of these linear guidelines are useful descriptors; such as human life can be described in part, as beginning at birth and ending at death.
It"s a simple formula but frequently not helpful when it comes to the full expression of human development and the healing, therapeutic process.
I have observed and suggest, that our life journey might be more accurately defined and experienced as a multidimensional Spiral Pathway. We begin from a point, a center: expand, contract, differentiate and disappear into the center point once again. This life pattern mirrors the inhalation and exhalation of each breath and the expansion and contraction dance of our life cycle.
We are born with this energetic flow etched deeply within our life essence. It leads us to explore, expand, gain wisdom and ultimately return to our authentic self.
Because our path is so imbued with this spiral movement, we often find our life returning or cycling back to similar issues and patterns. It is important and hopeful to note that though the same issues may reappear, we always have the opportunity to address them from an enhanced state of awareness. This perspective is gifted via that innate dynamic flow, which continues to carry us along the spiral pathway.
The deeper therapeutic process supports awareness of these personal patterns and creates opportunities to review them with fresh eyes. One can then, chose to accept, shift, change, let go, grow and continue the inner directed movement toward self-awareness and full expression of our unique life"s work and gifts.
In imagining life as a spiral journey, it is helpful to also recall that spirals are an ancient symbol with many meanings depending upon culture, spiritual tradition and personal experience. They are often said to represent the energetic flow of awareness and action from either an inner or outer perspective.
One view starts at the core and expands outwardly to engage with the world; the other view begins in the other direction, leading from attention to outer consciousness, inward toward connection with our center.
Both directions are necessary and both directions are highlighted at different times in the healing process."
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