The hardest part when things aren’t working is waiting for the new things to come in.
The ones that do work.
That is to say:
The new patterns, the new customs and rituals, the new techniques, the new approach.
(If you’ve done pattern-dancing with me, you’re intimately familiar with this process. Engaging with dance means you’re constantly deconstructing patterns and replacing them with the new ones. It’s really hard!)
But often there’s a gap. And inside of this gap you’re hyper aware of all the things that are not working, and still not clear on what form the new pattern is going to take.
That’s where CONGRUENCE comes in.
Part of what’s happening in this type of period of frustration (and I go through this fairly often because I do a lot of internal processing) is this:
It’s not just that you’re aware of the things that aren’t working. You’re also seeing evidence all around you that points to the extreme severity of This Is Not Working.
And you’re extra-sensitive to everything that doesn’t feel congruent. Everything that is not in line with the new way can feel jarring or pokey.
Extreme cognitive dissonance! It’s just one guy!
You’re noticing all the places in your life that are not harmonious with the way you actually want to feel.
One of the things that I have found helpful — for me! — in these times of transition-ey process-ey aaaaah-I-hate-everything-in-my-life is this:
Making tiny little symbolic things more congruent. And getting rid of tiny little symbolic incongruencies.
It could be just one thing.
Or it could be just ten things.
Or however many you like.
The way I do it is by wandering around Hoppy House or the Playground or my office aka the pirate queen quarters, looking for what doesn’t fit.
And I make a REALLY BIG DEAL out of the symbolic value of releasing incongruence.
Translation: moving things around! Throwing things out!
What this looked like yesterday.
“Listen up, WORLD! I am DONE with things! I am done with things that are incongruent! Done with things that are unsovereign! Done with things that are not in present time!
“Or any combination of the above!
“And I am READY for things that are congruent, harmonious, sovereign and fabulous.”
And then I remembered again:
This is the pain and dissonance of my current growth period — right now I’m hyper aware of all the things that are not harmonious with how I need them to be.
So of course I feel like crap.
As for my panicked “oh no the old things aren’t working, where are the new ones?”, we know how this works. The new tools will come as I get rid of those things which are not congruent.
This happens after every Rally (Rally!). It happened after Crossing the Line (password: haulaway), and we totally prepared for it there because we knew it was coming. This is a normal thing that can happens when you cycle through a big internal change.
And that’s good because things need to move and change. That’s part of being alive. It’s when they don’t change (or I try to not allow them to change) … then they stop working and become stagnant.
There’s even a whole page about this in the Book of Havi.
So find out what you’re done with and be done with it.
What am I done with? Let’s find out…
I am done with this green visor on the giant duck that lives on top of the red wall at the Playground! I don’t know why. A few months ago I thought it was delight-filled and sweet. But now it’s wrong. Gone!
I am done with this list of iguanas!
I am done with not taking care of myself!
I am done with holding onto presents that I don’t want!
I am done with the Lost & Found box!
I am done with this door not closing properly!
I am done with all of these things.
And I am ready to discover what the harmonious and congruent version of these things might look like / sound like / feel like.
So there were tiny changes.
The visor got put on a stuffed animal (who loved it!).
I decided that none of the iguanas actually needed me, they were just reminders of things I don’t like, so I tossed the list.
A bunch of presents at Hoppy House got recycled and regifted.
The First Mate was charged with getting the door fixed.
I still don’t know what to do with the Lost & Found box but it is being moved to a new place so I don’t have to look at it while I’m working. Maybe I’ll write a Very Personal Ad for this one.
I still don’t know what the new way is yet.
But there are fewer barriers to it coming in.
So I don’t have to know. I just have to keep making room for it.
That’s what I did yesterday.
Today I feel more like myself than I have in a while.
I feel less frustrated about the gap between knowing what I don’t want and remembering what I need.
This is what I’m focusing on right now:
Trusting that the new patterns are coming in.
Welcoming them by removing tiny, symbolic things that remind me of what isn’t working, and by making space.
Play with me! And the commenting blanket fort.
You are welcome to search for tiny, symbolic mini-changes in your space or in your day.
You can leave a loving hand-on-heart sigh for the shared experience of those gap times.
You can throw things you are done with in a giant magical recycling elevator-shaft that I am establishing here. Into the completion pot!
Or drop off some gwishes.
We all have our stuff. We’re all working on our stuff. We take responsibility for our stuff. Because without sovereignty and spaciousness, this whole thing falls apart.
And we make this a safe space by not telling each other what to do, how to be or how to feel. We make room for each other.
Love to all the commenter mice, the Beloved Lurkers, and everyone who reads.