During times of dormancy in our lives, it may feel like nothing is happening as if we are just waiting it out until spring. In nature a deciduous tree drops its leaves in the fall and during the dormant period of winter experiences cold temperatures, snow, ice and harsh winds.
It can be easy to judge based on appearances that there is a large gap between where we see ourself to be and where we think we ought to or “should” be. We may even compare ourself with another tree that is in the growth phase with blossoming flowers or fruit.
Dormancy phases in our life are often brought on by moments of crises or “ego smackdowns”. They can show up in a variety of ways. We are not designed to keep moving and doing without times of rest and reflection. If we are not in tune with these signals to rest and reflect, nature will find a way to get our attention by whatever drastic means necessary.
These moments of crises are points of pain in which to call us to attention - to awaken us. Times of dormancy are not meant to be moments of prolonged suffering for the sake of suffering or punishing in which we must simply endure and get over with like we’re in “time out” for a certain period of time. It’s not about just waiting out the storm. It’s not about numbing ourselves out either while we wait with a carton of ice cream and a movie.
While the barren tree may appear on the surface not to be doing anything there is actually a lot that is happening beneath down below in the soil, in the muck and manure. The roots of the tree are embracing the composted material which contains essential nutrients and minerals for the blueprint of its next phase of growth.
These moments of quiet and purposeful times of rest are absolutely essential for us to recognize and receive the impulses for guidance to direct our next phase of growth and recalibrate our intentions to be in alignment with our true purpose. If we are not quiet and attentive, we can very well miss them.
This is a time where there is still much work that is being done but the work is more internal and reflective. It’s a time where we open up and clean out our closets and embrace our shadows, not judge them or disown them or just get rid of them but to bring them into light and give them new assignments.
This is not a time of wallowing in the muck or the mire, feeling sorry for ourselves, crying that the universe has conspired against us, judging ourself for not being somewhere else already or trying to hang onto every last leaf that is falling off the branches.
The truth is that everything is perfect and the universe, and all people, places and things are indeed conspiring for our greatest good waiting to bring us something even better.
The more we resist surrendering, giving up control and nurturing our inner body and being, fighting that inner fight, and hanging onto resentments, the longer we can prolong unnecessary suffering.
Dormancy is about letting go of old leaves that no longer serve us, the old beliefs, patterns and paradigms. It’s about letting go of attachments to the structures that are not our source such as relationships, money and health. Hanging onto these leaves can prolong unnecessary suffering. The leaves are not our Source, they are the by product of our creative abilities. Our cultivation is foremost to seek the kingdom of God.
“Therefore take not thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. ...seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:31-33)
Letting go and diving into the dark soil can be painful and pain has a purpose but prolonged suffering for the sake of suffering as if it’s some sort of badge of honor is self-abuse. We don’t get points in heaven for how much suffering we can endure. We did not come here to simply wait out the storm for a sunnier day. If we want to harvest tomorrow we must cultivate today for today we are harvesting what we cultivated yesterday.