When we have left what was and are not yet where we hope to be there is a place the elders speak of called the Land Between. It offers us a pause so that we can catch our breath and reconnect to ourselves before continuing. It is the place of transition and can also be the place of transformation.
What all transitions have in common is a loss of identity, for example, I’m no longer the wife, mother, daughter, employee, etc. Our sense of self is actually a conglomeration of shared experiences with people, places, ideologies, and things that tell us who we are or who we believe ourselves to be. The true, powerful and divine cosmic Self has no label at all.
When a link that defines us, or sometimes a series of links are broken, we may feel lost and on unstable ground at the least. Even when the change is a positive one, we can feel unsure of our place in the world. Spiritual initiations may also be the cause for this state of being. We are not who we were and we may not know who we want to be. At this time, it is essential to listen to the messages within. Be gentle with yourself. Be with people who support and care for you. Rest, play, and find things that bring joy no matter how simple.
What transitions also have in common is that we are really still here but have lost those familiar connections to our Self. We sometimes feel like we have died. It is a time to pull ourselves back from where we have been and where we have given ourselves away. Take inventory. Notice what isn't working and what's working now that makes us feel whole.
Ancient cultures knew that ceremony and sacred practices reunite us with ourselves. They bring closure, call back lost power, release the past, and set intention for the journey forward. They provide re-connection to the True Self; the one who has been here all along. We can return to ourselves using the tools our ancestors used and passed down to us.
Contact Lyn Birmingham at www.Spiritmoon.net for classes, retreats, and personal sessions.
Trained in core shamanism, Lyn has been teaching and healing for over 30 years.