“The seed now begins its time of gestation in the rich dark earth. It is the great cold of night; not the negative images of darkness, but the dark richness of that unknown, fertile, deep part in each of us where our intuitive creative forces abide. Elizabeth Roberts and Elisa Amidon, Earth Prayers
Our Deepest Blessings Come From Within
We live in a culture that focuses on the external and its rewards for success, often ignoring the richness of our internal lives where the true heart of life exists. Who we are is who we are inside at our deepest level, the truest part of ourselves. When we have brought some of that to the surface, we can then see how blessed we are, for our deepest blessings come from that “dark richness” within.
When I was a child, I was very shy, but I had an extroverted mother who pushed me into speech and drama classes hoping it would make me more extroverted. I did take the classes and for years felt extremely nervous speaking or acting, but underneath my resistance to being who my mother wanted me to be was a stronger desire—to be able to express who I truly was.
It was easy to write what I felt. I didn’t have to get up in front of people and risk making a fool of myself, but my mother’s insistence that I learn to speak publically was a blessing in disguise. Now as an adult, I am comfortable teaching classes and workshops, doing readings for my book, and networking with others. These experiences are exhilarating, and I truly enjoy interacting with others. I always hope that sharing what is most important to me will be valuable to them.
Creative Work Comes From Deep Within
One of the blessings of any creative work is that we must go into that “unknown, fertile” part of us and discover the phrase of movement, words, or music that we had no idea was there. In the quiet when we are receptive to the unknown, we discover a seed that becomes a dance, poem, or symphony when we bring it into the light. The same is true also for the creative scientist or business person. Many treasures lie deep within.
When I taught modern dance in college, I often choreographed dances for the students. When I was looking for ideas or was ready to create a dance, my favorite time to work was between 10:00 pm and midnight. I loved the quiet and lack of distraction. Problems of the day fell away. New movements came so easily, and I accepted whatever came without judgment. Later I would shape and rearrange the movement, but at this early stage, I learned that the wise thing to do was to let it flow. I always felt blessed by the richness of what came to the surface.
Great Beauty Emerges From the Dark Earth
We are now only a few days away from the beginning of spring when the earth bursts open with her magnificent beauty. Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, jonquils are blooming, tulips are popping up through the earth, and some of the 80 kinds of migratory birds are stopping here on their journey and sing to us each morning. New life is always a reminder that the darkness of the earth is what nurtures the seeds that become this blessing.
We Must Be Present To Recognize Our Blessings
We are surrounded by blessings every day, but are often not aware of them because we are not present. When we take time each day to be present and are able to easily become present, we are more likely to notice the good that comes to us in its many varied forms. The mail with a check in it arrives a day early when we need to pay a bill. A friend we have missed and haven’t seen in years suddenly appears on Facebook. A change in plans disappoints us until we realize it enables us to join friends for a more interesting evening. Being conscious of our blessings reminds us of the abundance of our lives, creates an experience of positive energy, and raises our energetic vibration.
Blessings Are Of the Heart
Caren Goldman in Healing Words asks the question, “When, I wonder, does a blessing become a blessing? Is it when it’s thought of? When it’s spoken? When it’s heard, or when it’s acknowledged – not just in the head but in the heart?”
We are blessed every day. Let us make a practice of noticing even the tiniest good thing that comes into our lives and feel that appreciation at the heart level. When we feel blessed, we act blessed, and sharing that good feeling with others will be a blessing to them.
© 2014 Georganne Spruce ZQT4PQ5ZN7F5