My husband Al and I live part of the year on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Montana. Water has always held a special meaning for Al and me – it is where we met and much of our lives continue to revolve around lakes, streams, and rivers.
The Yellowstone is unique in that it is the longest free flowing river in the contiguous United States, flowing undammed from high in the mountains of Yellowstone National Park 692 miles until it flows in the Missouri River in North Dakota.
Living on the banks of the river we are witness to what a wild, undomesticated river looks like – it is a living organism with the channels changing course unpredictably with the annual snow melt spring floods.
This year we were shocked to see an entire island that had long stood in front of our house completely disappear, changing from a small, slow moving side channel to a deep, fast torrent of water. Today we floated the river for the first time this year. As we approached our former slow channel, I was amazed yet again at how the river changed course so dramatically in just a few short weeks.
As is often the case, nature reminds me of my own life – how often have I changed course? Sometimes abruptly, other times a slow meandering change. I thought of how someone once said to me that they were surprised at how much I love the outdoors “because you weren’t like that when you were a kid.”
How often do we ‘stay the course’ of living out the labels ascribed to us at some distant point in the past? Were you ever so labeled? Were you the rebel, the good child, the problem child or any of a thousand other restrictive tags?
If so, is there some part of you that continues to be energetically tied to that label, no matter how inaccurate it is in your current life?
One of the blessings of living in the times that we are is the ability, the freedom, to change course and redefine ourselves at any stage of our lives. I wholeheartedly encourage changing course – in fact, if we are to grow, changing course is inevitable. What we fail to do sometimes is to complete the change energetically and still find ourselves bound to the past.
There are many ways to complete your personal change of course energetically from a simple, yet profound, honoring ceremony to a shamanic healing session to cut cords with the past.
One of my greatest joys is helping people to complete their course change and move completely into their new way of being. Give me a call if you would like assistance in your change of course.