The first week I blogged here, back in January, I shared the introduction of a book I’m working on, which described a wonderful, useful way to look at your healing journey through life.
I can use the word “wonderful” with all due modesty, because it’s not my idea. Carl Jung came up with this soulful and true metaphor, which matches so many people’s experience of learning and growth.
This is what Jung said: While we may expect ourselves to learn and proceed through life in a linear fashion, like this:
The human experience is more like this:
(And yes, that is a picture of a Slinky!!) (Which I’m thrilled to have found this morning on-line, especially since several people I work with have bought Slinkies, to remind themselves of this concept.)
Look at that beautiful Slinky. THAT is how we grow. We move around in circles, learning similar lessons over and over again.
Of couse, that kind of path can feel discouraging at times … like we’re moving backwards. Like we’re relearning things we should know already.
But here’s the good news. We’re always moving up. Each time we go around, we have new wisdom and experience. Even when we move back around into periods of pain, confusion, or hopelessness, we will turn another corner and continue to move forward.
We can’t fall back. We can’t unlearn. It’s impossible.
It make take us several go-rounds to learn something “well enough” to change, but we’re always building, in some way, on what we’ve experienced.
Why did I want to revisit this ascending coil, this morning?
Because when I woke up this morning, facing some difficult challenges — some new opportunities that scare me, I had this thought, which helped tremendously:
Today, I am more equipped than I’ve ever been in my life, to tackle what’s ahead of me. Because, no matter what I’m doing, I’m further along, on this mortal coil.
Thanks for reading, wherever you are, today.