Withdrawal can be the best step forward!

“WITHDRAWAL can be the very best way of stepping forward…

…Withdrawal is often not what it looks like – a disappearance –

…no, to withdraw from entanglement can be to appear again in the world in a very real way and begin the process of renewing the primary, essential invitation again.

…We stick to the wrong thing quite often, not because it will come to fruition by further effort, but because we cannot let go of the way we have decided to tell the story

…and we become further enmeshed even by trying to make sense of what entraps us,

…when what is needed is a simple, clean breaking away.

To remove our selves entirely and absolutely, abruptly and at times un-compromisingly is often the real and radically courageous break for freedom.

Unsticking ourselves from the mythical Tar Baby, seemingly set up, just for us, right in the middle of our path,

…we start the process of losing our false enemies, and even our false friends, and most especially the false sense of self we have manufactured to live with them:

we make ourselves available for the simple purification of seeing our selves and our world more elementally and therefore more clearly again.

We withdraw not to disappear, but to find another ground from which to see; a solid ground from which to step, and from which to speak again, in a different way,

…a clear, rested, embodied voice, our life as a sudden, emphatic statement, one we can recognize as our own and one from which now, we have absolutely no wish to withdraw.”

© David Whyte

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genius

An Autobiography in Five Chapters (by Portia Nelson)

An Autobiography in Five Chapters

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.

(by Portia Nelson)

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well, well, well!