Gently waking is an art which no one does better than the spring. The fourth of the five Chinese elements, the wood element, shows up. As the spring thaw begins, we are gifted with an undercurrent of the winter/water medicine- as we start to see ourselves and the world around us reflected in the still puddles of rain and melted ice.
What does water reflect but a perfect mirroring of our most significant spring/wood medicine obstacles? As we begin to listen to natures small voice to awaken, we must gather our inner strength to grow from the inside out. Summoning strength and vision to bring our new selves forth, we need both roots and shoots, coming to life in the opposite, or mirrored directions.
As the water medicine within reveals the inner obstacles on our path, our wood medicine marches forward as we take the time to honor the challenges along the way.
By working together, both water and wood create a birthing process of transformation, revealing our resolve to 'crack our seed-coat', expand upward, lead blindly, by the heat and warmth of the suns beacon, calling us forth through the dark.
Simultaneously, our roots travel down, deeper into the unknown earth encouraged by the comfort received for our efforts as only the mother archetype can.
Early spring can be quite confusing and often a miserable experience for us if we choose to see it's wet, cold, windy, gray as a hindrance to our happiness. We have just come through the dark and cold winter, hopefully having used her medicine to rest and dream well, now to a literal 'gray area,' not winter, not spring, somewhere in between. This limbo has more magic to offer than it's superficial appearance. We have the swirling power of two elements consciously and unconsciously calibrating our inner compass to catapult us forward on our next significant steps in life. The spring is about life, new life, and it's groundbreaking power to manifest the dreams of our future becoming.
Here are some questions to ponder while we chill in limbo.
Doing so puts you back into the driver's seat of your experience,
moving from the complete surrender into winter's void,
into the masterful creations of your next personal spring
as the powerful, driven, self-creating woman you are!
- What are the challenges/obstacles/rock and hard places I perceive as holding me back right now? Anger, hatred, Resentment, Bitterness, Confusion, Frustration?
- How can I choose to honor these by seeing the profound wisdom and gifts supporting your next evolution?
- Who will you become as a result of finding your most easeful path forward (the path of least resistance), offering honor and gratitude for all you receive, regardless of the season?
We use the medicine of all five elements, every moment of every day. Knowing which ones are the most influential at any given time gives us a power perspective, like a GPS system for your lifetime. Bad ass, right? I certainly think so.
Did you know you can do the same for your menstrual cycle?
Yes, it's called MCA (menstrual cycle awareness) which guides my life and work with masterful navigation. Now that's empowerment. Wanna know more? Check out my 6 Month Program.
As the spring wakes up outside, we must do the same inside of ourselves to align with the shifts and changes. This practice can be useful in all seasons. The earth mama knows just how to keep us well.
Take a soul stroll out into your yard, neighborhood, or local park, looking for all the signs of spring. Enjoy and appreciate how the trees have swollen buds, the rare crocus brings a sigh of ease, the forsythia peeking yellow to enliven the landscape, and the ground softening, holding puddles to gaze into, splash, and birdbath. Breathe in the new beginning.
Grow something inside. My houseplants are one of my life-saving stabilizers during the winter months but come March; I need more! Forcing bulbs like Daffodil, Paperwhites, and Tulips are a great way to reinforce the shifts felt, which might not necessarily be seen. Also, growing alfalfa sprouts is a simple, nutritious, detoxing, and delicious way to welcome spring into your entire life, mind, body, and spirit.
Clear space. When we plant a garden, we must clear and overturn the soil. The same goes when we are making space in our lives for our next steps forward into the becoming of who we are here to be. Choose a closet, cabinet, room, or outdoor space to clean up and organize. Doing so will align your psyche with the season, giving the signal to prepare for something new and lovely. It's a spring ritual, known as 'Spring Cleaning' where we flush out what no longer serves us, making room for what does.
Clearing space is a ritual we can use in all places of transition, especially if you want the best outcomes, bringing honor to the past, present, and future you. This past weekend, I found myself cleaning out several kitchen shelves, organizing my medicine/ supplement cabinets, and going through a pile of mail and my daughter's school forms, and white sage'd my house silly.
It brought a sense of preparation as I gather 12 fiercely dedicated women for a 6-month Tao-centric Group Coaching, Sisterhood, and Retreat Experience and Virtual Intensive staring in May. Nothing like a good cleaning to make you feel receptive and prepared.
Wanna join us This Sunday for some
Spring Clearing Fun?
Ready to Shift from Shitty & Stuck to
Open & Creative?
Join us in 'Spring Clearing'!
A 'POP-UP' Mini-Challenge
This Sunday, March 18th - Tuesday, March 20th,
It's a super simple, self-care ritual,
which sets you up to thrive this Spring!
Simply post a pic of your Spring Clearing/Cleaning
efforts to your favorite social media channel
tagging me @erikagraiff
with the hashtag #springclearing.
I will be LIVE on Facebook @erikagraiff each day cheering you on, giving ideas, shouting out your efforts, all while giving you a deeper understanding of the magic and power of Spring.
The Dreaded 'Triangle of Disempowerment'
I am so excited to share this with you!
The 'Triangle of Disempowerment' is a common and painful dynamic between ourselves and another, such as money, our spouse, or God/Life. We can easily fall into this relationship pattern unconsciously, especially in times of transition and change. The 'Triangle of Disempowerment' is a path of victimization and blame, one which we perpetuate until we consciously see its chronic outcome of personal disconnection and sabotage. Thus pulling us far away from conscious contributing, being of heartfelt service and equal exchange of energy, while feeling the integrity of aligning with one's souls path.
(Be sure to use the Discount Code: FREEDOM&POWER to get it for FREE!)
Deep Bow, Rising Woman,