Messages from a Snowfall
An Inner-world Exploration
The snow fell thick and heavy and wet and built up on the branches of the trees, bending them into positions of servitude they had never before experienced. They whispered – “Learn this lesson, when it feels heavy, bend. When it melts it nourishes the roots.”
The world was different. Each branch of every tree I could see bent under the weight. It was magical, the ice glimmered in the sunlight and the world was transformed.
It was a beautiful snow, thick and silent and glistening. It was a heavy wet snow. It built up on everything. My empty flower pots looked like they were topped with frothy white layers of whipped cream snow. The sun behind the clouds caused the whole world to look like a fairyland. It glistened. It sparkled. It sat silently in its breathtaking beauty.
The lesson of the heavy snow
I looked for the lesson in the snow – the heavy snow that made everything bend and simply wait patiently for change to gradually come. Sometimes life is like that, it gets heavy and we feel bent over. And all we can do is wait patiently for change. The tree branch bends gracefully. I wonder if I bend as gracefully when the load seems heavy.
There is nourishment in change
As I looked at the heavy snow, I knew that it carried the water that was so welcome in the earth and eventually, one small released drop at a time, it would nourish and nurture where it was needed.
Do I give time and space in my life for events and circumstances to nurture me?
There’s stillness in change
There’s a serene stillness in this glistening world of snow-bent branches. No place to go. Nothing to do. Simply sit there in beauty and with for change to gradually occur.
There’s a leveling that takes place. Everything looks the same – white. Just as we are the same. No differences. Simply nature in a blanket of white so there’s no longer a notable difference. There’s a lesson there. We get lost in how we look on the outside. When we know ourselves as light, we sit in the stillness of a quiet moment of simply being present and experience the oneness of all of nature.
There’s cleansing in change
There’s cleansing in the snow. When it melts it’ll wash away what’s no longer needed. We must be ready to make room for and accept the fresh new beginning that comes when the storm passes.
There are lessons in change
The trees have to adapt to the heavy snow by bending and changing form. The earth, although frozen hard now, will need to thaw and absorb what is offered. Eventually, the roots in the ground will be nourished and in turn, support the tree in growing taller and broader.
But all in good time. All when the cycle moves forward.
Change is like that – unfolding stages Always in a cycle of beginning, middle or end. We have much to learn from nature.
Allow yourself to absorb the change
If I were a tree, I’d bend with the unfolding change. If I were the ground, I’d wait until it was time to absorb the change. If I were an animal, I’d burrow in the proffered change and wait for the warmth to return.
Be like snow – fall softly and cover everything
Feel the stillness. The peace. The simple act of being present calls deeply to me. Perhaps I can learn to live like snow, resting patiently on a branch, waiting for the sun to help me change form so I can move to another level of my calling.
Patience and a willingness to change. I can do that.
And that’s the message I received from a beautiful, very wet heavy snow.
DEEPER SONG PROCESS:
- In a quiet place, feel yourself as a snowflake, forming in the sky, falling gently to earth to land.
- Notice where you land. You look around and there are many of you – many snowflakes, many points of light covering the world so that what’s underneath is hidden and our wholeness begins to be more evident – covering our world, our earth.
- Be with that. Feel yourself being included in and absorbed into a greater whole – a whole with great power to make change.
- When you’re ready, allow yourself to melt, to change form, to move on to the work you’re called to do, taking with you the stillness and peace and oneness that you felt when you were simply snow.
To Sing a Deeper Song Consider:
Do Not Conform to the Ways of the World