No matter how much wisdom we attempt to muster when we are approaching a difficult transit, there is no way to make it easy. Sometimes, though, reframing the way we approach the challenge can turn the entire experience around for us.
In a flash of blogchronicity, Beth Owl’s Daughter has a post from yesterday on just this subject. Beth is guiding her readers through The Artist’s Way, Beth writes:
In today’s installment, we are encouraged to select one of our monster stories, and write it down in detail. You may have already started this, the way Thalia’s utterly despicable experience in first grade came to mind for her.
It needn’t be overly long, but make it as specific as you can remember. Julia advises, “Do jot down whatever details come back to you – the room you were in, the way people looked at you, the way you felt, what your parent said or didn’t say when you told them about it. Include whatever rankles you about the incident: ‘And then I remember she gave me this real fakey smile and patted my head…’ ”
Seen now as adults with some distance and experience behind us, some of these memories are outrageous. Go ahead. Feel that rage. Feel the grief, if that’s what is triggered. Allow those feelings to come right up, because they are the stirrings of your POWER. The adversities imposed on us by our monsters can give us the traction that will launch us towards even more brilliant future fulfillment!
Beth is describing quite accurately the process that Chiron teaches us. We can weep and wail and run from our monsters, or we can face them head on and discover that really, our monsters are not nearly as big as we imagined.
Image is from Little Miss Mary and the Monster Makeover