Aries 1 - 5
By Richard Grey
This article addresses emergence related to spiritual awakening and development.
Emergence is hard to describe yet, like a new born baby, it’s difficult to ignore. We know when it’s happening, even though we sometimes struggle to know when it’s over. What exactly is it? It can be thought of as a process whereby what was previously concealed is revealed. Slowly, or suddenly, something previously hidden comes into our awareness - our consciousness.
Like when the sky is obscured by endless cloud, we may or may not be conscious that whatever is now emerging existed prior to its emergence - the sky existed before it was obscured by cloud. Yet, through a break in the cloud we see a glimpse of blue sky - that was always there - and we want more. Or, do we?
We may fight or resist emergence, yet surrendering to the process of becoming more in the ocean of being is easier. It will wait patiently until we are ready. Then its entrance may be gradual, subtle and silent, or sudden, loud, and remarkable. Either way, expected or unexpected, its appearance is no longer in doubt. What was previously concealed is now revealed. A candle has been lit. Evidence now exists that is plain for all to see.
We may welcome or reject what is emerging. We may or may not understand what has been or is being discovered. There may or may not be a paradigm shift. Yet, if whatever emerges is ignored, it will wither and die - at least in our life. Valued and nurtured, it will grow and blossom.
Things have changed. New possibilities exist. What happens next is up to us.
1 A woman rises out of the water, a seal rises and embraces her
2 A comedian entertaining a group.
3 A cameo profile of a man, in the outline of his country
4 Two lovers strolling through a secluded walk.
5 A triangle with wings.
ARIES EXPRESSION of EMERGENCE
We become the essence-seed of our soul's incarnation (1), and then we have to learn the skills of adjustment to feedback (2), and see ourselves in the context of being in relation to others (3). This is done by balancing the inner feminine and masculine polarities (4) and finding the necessary skills, loyalties and values to rise to higher levels of consciousness (5).
Finding Your True Voice
By James Burgess
I had almost no sense of myself as having a spiritual side at all, and would never have been called compassionate, nor indeed a particularly good man yet, for some unseen reason, I eventually found myself in the company of good people who seemed to bring out the best in me, and tended to ignore my faults and acknowledge my occasional, small gestures of kindness.
I found myself responding to this generosity of spirit in a positive way; I wanted more of it, and not only to be recognized as a good person but also to be worthy of that recognition. I opened up towards their kind attention and started to notice aspects of my personality that were long-dormant, things I remembered as qualities I'd had as an innocent child. There was another aspect too – completely unseen qualities that seemed to arise naturally within me, now that I was given permission and encouragement to express myself more fully and authentically.
Certainly it felt more clearly an emergent potential rather than the copying of others – the discovery of the true me rather than an invention of some idea of what I should be like. This contrasts with other things that I'd learned to do, typically developing skills and acquiring information through ardent, arduous, training and practice.
Understanding this, I came to see the need to expand my experience so that I could more often be in the company of people who might trigger this process within me – people different of expression yet with whom I felt some resonance.
A Sufi story comes to mind. A bird hatches from an egg away from its nest and without any contact with others raised by a kind person who had found it abandoned. Its first attempts to give voice lacked quality and confidence until it was introduced to another bird, which happened to be of a different species.
Its song was improved, and improved again, as other birds were added. Though not its own species song, its melody developed. Yet surprisingly, when the number of its companions reached a certain level – perhaps 7, even though none were of its own species, nevertheless our bird found its own true voice. This voice had emerged from within needing only the encouragement of the others rather than a parent to copy.
The message is clear, we can find our true voice, our authentic self, by simply extending our horizons of involvement. We have no need to be shown what we should be, or even could be, because we will eventually become what we already are. So, stretch your wings - you already know how to fly!
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