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Descend to Ascend

Updated: Dec 9, 2023

“Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.” - Kahil Gibran


When our journey takes us through painful trials and deep sorrow, great pain and chaos, we often reach for something, anything, that might relieve the discomfort. We might avoid or blame, we might pray to our God to make order of this chaos, beseech a light to be brought into the darkness.


forest at sunset

We call upon a force outside of ourselves, bigger than ourselves, for an easing of suffering, an intervention, a cessation or change of circumstance. Yet if we look around, we will be reminded that this force is the very source of chaos. Nature teaches us that life is not always comfortable and controlled, but frequently on the edge of order and chaos, harmony and dissonance, emptiness and fullness. The innocence of falling leaves is proof that this delicate balance is where life thrives.


"As minerals in the ground rise inside trees and become the tree, as a plant faces an animal and enters the animal, so a human can put down the heavy body baggage and be light." - Rumi


We must courageously meet the momentous encounter of each experience, stretching our conscious awareness to hold the full spectrum of cosmic life so that dark/light, death/life, destruction/wholeness, are not regarded as opposites with one in favor over the other, but as intricately entangled and integral. We must learn to attend to the garden of life where both high sun and dark shade reside, where seasons of growing and pruning are both necessary to thrive.


This can be a painful process of disengaging from the level of the egoic operating system of limited and rigid thinking and believing, and upgrading our consciousness via the spiraling descent into the heart where the desires of the Divine dwell.


spiraling rock garden

Descend to Ascend.


Cultivating a quality of grace in the midst of uncertainty, anxiety, and darkness requires a deepened surrender, bolstered faith, and unyielding hope. To face the dying cycle with compassionate curiosity so that you may discover the secrets of your heart asking to be birthed in the newly created space. We must be willing to feel these horrible and hard derailing things so that we might ultimately find our way back to an even greater love, for the more the soul moves through this rite, dying and resurrecting in this life, the more true and authentic love will preside.


To come to know love is to be broken by the heartbreak of what love is not. To test our trials with pain and to thank them for their teaching, and choose into loving teachers that remind us of who we are. If we become aware enough in this human experience, we will learn to see with the eyes of the soul, and there we will find that there is no escaping pain and difficulty. There is no arriving where we are untouched from this natural cycle, instead, we gracefully engage in the soulful transformation that is guiding us to a love that can withstand and transcend it.


flower in bloom

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” - Rumi


So often we walk around in our malaise and shrink around our pain, bearing down and holding tightly to it for fear of de-armouring.


We forget the incredible amount of love available to us if we only open to receive it however and whenever it may come.


We forget that the deepest possible experience of love may not look how we expected it to.


We forget that love is not something that we find, but something that is within us all along.


We forget so we can remember again and again and again.


The paradox of this existence is to be both a flaming ego and an ocean of mercy. To merge with the presence of the divine and then separate from it. This is the course of nature. You are nature. Interconnected with all of creation, woven into a prayerfield of limitless resource to the wellspring of divine love and grace.


wellspring

“Life is a tangled colorful yarn of happiness and sorrow. Joy is a messenger for an upcoming sadness and misery is a prologue to a pending happiness. You are always grasping to different pleasures to fight drowning in distress, but the branches are drying off every day and you are falling back into the river, looking for another branch to hang on to. I wish you could see beyond these deceiving colors, where there is a world free of happiness and sorrow.” - Shams Tabrizi


This is where God can be found, in the space between the known and the unknown. This sweet mystery is the dwelling place of all that ever was and all that will ever be. This is where you can hear the voice of love, ceaselessly echoing in the chamber of your heart “seek me.”


“The important thing is not to think much, but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens you to love”

-Teresa of Avila


Kelsey with hand on woman's head in CST

Experience Craniosacral Therapy


Craniosacral Therapy (CST) addresses a rhythmic system at the core of our physiology – the pulse of energy that flows between our head and pelvic area, the soft tissue and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord. The craniosacral system is a field of information and intelligence that holds the consciousness of the body and can help you explore the space between the known and unknown.


CST can provide relief of pain and dysfunction for many sensory, motor, and neurological disorders by supporting the body’s innate function of homeostasis.


I welcome you to schedule a Craniosacral Therapy session with me today to experience this for yourself.





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