For a lot of people, fall is a difficult season. As the darkness grows and the trees shed their leaves, autumn serves as a reminder of the impermanence of our temporal lives, and this reminder can bring with it a painful melancholy, perhaps even a hint of depression.
For me, though, fall is a welcome teacher. Yes, it brings a tinge of loss, but that loss has a sweetness to it. Each year autumn teaches me that life is a cycle I can trust, that letting go into the long, dark hibernation of winter, where unseen possibilities can gestate, makes way for future birth, and the splendor of the fall colors — and the vividness of the light this time of year — reveal that there is a remarkable beauty in this act of letting go.
All of this is why this season seems like the fitting time for me to be shedding some things in my life, including this website that I will be soon be taking down. This site and the writings I have offered here have served their purpose, and if they’ve touched you in any way, if they’ve nourished you on your spiritual path, I’m very grateful. I also know, though, that it’s time now to let it go in order to make way for what is to come.
In a few weeks, maybe months, I’ll be launching a new website with a different focus. I will still be addressing the spiritual life, but in a way that is more aligned with what I believe wants to come through me at this period of my life.
For some of you, the writings and teachings I will be offering may no longer be in alignment with your personal path or what you need most in your spiritual life. Believe me when I say: I understand, and I offer you my blessing as you journey on.
For others, I believe what is coming will be deeply resonant — perhaps even exciting — and I look forward to us continuing to be in touch so that we can travel this journey together. If you are a subscriber to my email list I will be in touch with you during the interim via email, and I may even ask for your engagement with this new vision along the way.
I really do believe that now, more than ever, the Earth (including her human offspring) needs us all to be attending to our spiritual maturation, for the conflicts and environmental devastation we are witnessing will not be healed by the consciousness that created them (to paraphrase Einstein), nor can that new consciousness emerge with mere spiritual dabbling. It will require a deep commitment on our part.
I believe the time is now for us to give this our all, because we each have a role to play in the process of healing that our planet so desperately needs. Part of what will be asked of us is to shed old identities and beliefs that cannot serve the future so that we can make way for what Being will bring to birth on this planet.
Fortunately, in autumn we have a wise teacher that shows us what letting go can look like when we reside in trust: a season of grace, beauty and splendor.
On May 31st I will retire for a second time so that “tinge of loss, but that loss has a sweetness to it” truly resonates with me. I thank you for helping me put words to my emotion. I will miss your blogs and have no favorites as each has spoken to me in a way that I needed at that moment.
Thank you, Patricia.