As I sit typing this now, the Winter Hag, the Cailleach, screeches through Chicago with a cold so intense one could get frostbite in mere minutes of being outside. The city has become a tundra for the last few days with a cold so sharp it takes your breath away. And when I go outside I can't help but notice how the season so perfectly parallels a certain phase of the ascension path. A phase that also comes in cycles and can be incredibly harsh and seemingly unforgiving.
Of course as the title suggests, I'm referring to those times in life when one feels as if everything is falling apart. Be it job, relationship, home-life, friends or a combination of all these areas of life, you just can't seem to fix it or make it work or be happy in it. There are two types of ways this can happen, but they both really mean the same thing in the long run.
First, it could be that you've been miserable in one of these areas for a long time. You keep getting nudges from the universe that maybe it's time to move on but you just keep ignoring those intuitive nudges because leaving that job, relationship, etc is too difficult or maybe, too scary. Then suddenly, the universe steps in and says, "You're done with this- I'm removing it for you." When this happens it can be incredibly shocking to the system- even if some part of you knew it was coming. I said those nudges were coming from the universe but really what I meant was that they come from your Higher Self, the you that knows why you came here, and the more you listen to your intuition the faster you can get on track and stay there. Now I'm not telling anyone to go quit their job or move on a whim, but at the least my advice to someone getting these nudges is to start taking steps to change your situation by following your intuition. Then you'll be able to work in harmony with the universe and flow, instead of getting hurt badly in a state of resistance.
Second, remember I said there are two ways I've seen this "life-unraveling" scenario happen? Sometimes it happens seemingly out of the blue. Those times can be almost more devastating. We feel like we're doing everything "right" and actually getting ahead in life and then wham! It just falls apart one day, or maybe over a few days or weeks. I'm here to tell you why and how regardless of how your life might fall apart it's a beautiful thing.
Beautiful?! Yes. When everything gets taken away from us, it's the universe saying an old cycle has ended, and a new one is about to begin. We have completed a chapter and are ready to take the next step. We have learned our lessons, grown and expanded our consciousness. We should be proud of ourselves, but most people get angry or depressed. It's easy to slip into lower vibratory patterns when it feels as if our very Root chakras are under attack. Every lesson in life comes in spirals, and you can go up or down those spirals depending on your vibration. But that's why I'm telling you this now. Because this has happened to me more than a few times in my life, and when I realized that things always get better after they seem really bad, it helped me maintain a higher positive vibration to carry me up the spiral to the next loop.
And one last thing, sometimes we think we've learned something and handled the ending of a cycle well and then one more little jolt from the universe might come in just like that last roar of winter. If that happens, again realize you are being tested to see if you really understand and have grounded your lessons in trust in your Self and the universe, and with that knowledge you'll find that little jolt of a lesson clears up pretty fast. So don't let life get you down and focus on flowing with the natural breaths of life. Be gentle on yourself, be proud of all you've achieved, and begin the next cycle on a high note. Even if you're experiencing the dead of winter in your life right now remember, The Cailleach can be scary, but it is She who prepares us for the rebirth of Spring. Blessings on your journey.