Expansion, transmutation and growth…

A couple of days ago I received a direct message on twitter from someone who asked me ‘what has been the weirdest thing you have seen on your travels…’?

We have seen so many things, and many of them unusual or very different to life in Britain, that to think of a ‘most weird’ would be difficult… Especially as my way of orientating in the world is not to see things as weird…

In fact it is often me who has been seen as the weird thing ūüôā Or different to what someone has experienced before…!

It highlighted again for me how easy it is to live from our own projections and then communicate to others from this position… This of course limits the potential enrichment from co creating together in the space between our dialogue, between one another; weaving , painting, making something new so that we all come away richer…

Another favourite poem of mine, again by by John Donne – is ‘The Ecstacy …’

According to the medieval mystical conception, ‘ecstasy’ means a trance-like state where the soul leaves the body and holds communion with the Divine… In Donne’s poem he is exploring how love is a spiritual experience where souls connect and communicate; but that the body is necessary to facilitate this fusion, this mix, this love – the body is essential to make possible the union of souls

 Mixture of things, they know not what,
Love these mix’d souls doth mix again
         And makes both one, each this and that.
A single violet transplant,
         The strength, the colour, and the size,
(All which before was poor and scant)
         Redoubles still, and multiplies.
When love with one another so
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Interinanimates two souls…

There is a part in the poem where Donne is talking about how the souls of those in love, grow and blossom in communion with the other… He is clear that relationship through the body is necessary for the union and growth and expansion of the souls

And this possibility is within all relating…

There is the opportunity in that space to ‘Redouble still and multiply…’

And so it is important to take time when communicating through the body and through words… To check the meaning the other intended when they ask something, tell a story ask a question. rather than assume it through our own filter.. This way the space is expansive, safe, harmonious, and the mirror the other holds up allows for the personal growth as well as the dialogue, the love making, the time together to have the potential to double still and multiply all of those relating..

And in the dialogue with my curious twitter follower, without him in front of me to explore the question in any depth, I did¬†as I do when I write anything – I just cleared myself of any projection of idea of what he might ‘want’ or ‘expect’.. And started to respond to see what would emerge… This is what came…

The memory of the image of a very big snake in Thailand, lying curled in the shade, but on an open bit of land digesting a huge animal that was in its gullet – and then following swiftly on from this memory, came a ‘film in my head’ of Anadi and I walking along a dark alleyway also in Thailand… I gasped, and leapt backwards… I had seen a viper, which Anadi then trod on with his next step, he was wearing only flip flops!

My gasp meant he leapt back almost in unison with me, away from the snake, who rose in the menacing ¬†attack ¬†pose, decided against it and slithered into the undergrowth…

I have just looked up (again) ¬†the significance of snake…

This is what I found this time ….

Transmutation is the key word here. The shedding of old skin and emotions and transforming them into something bigger and better. If Snake winds itself into your life know that change is in the wind and that you are at the centre of it all as the catalyst. Make sure that your intentions are clear and that you have clear a clear sense of the direction that you need to strike out in. Snake is letting you know that these changes are safe and that there is no need to fear them.

And so in a seemingly small communication between my twitter friend and me, there is the possibility of change and shedding of the old skin, transmutation….

In each interaction we have with one another, there is the potential for healing, expansion, transmutation and growth…

 

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