Fall is my favorite season and the fall colors in the northeast have been exceptional this year. I feel very blessed to be in upstate NY at this time. I am not alone. Each autumn, many people come to NY and New England to take in the beauty.
As I was breathing in this beauty during my morning walk, I pondered about why we are so drawn to view this seasonal color change. After all, the job of a leaf is photosynthesis: to take in light through its chlorophyll and convert it into food. When the chlorophyll leaves the leaf, so does the green it imparts. As the yellows, oranges, and reds slowly fill the leaves, the life force slowly leaves. What we are doing when we come to look at the fall colors is really to witness and celebrate death.
It comes as no surprise that the fall of the dollar, the falling economy, and the fall of America is happening during this season. Like the leaf peepers, we have come here at this time to witness the death of the U.S. as we have known it. Similarly, we are experiencing our own death, the death of "US" as we have known ourselves to be. It is the ultimate letting go of what is no longer in resonance with who we are, whether it is beliefs, thought patterns, relationships, place of residence, etc. You can't move new furniture into a fully furnished house. The old furniture must be removed before the new is set in place. This is what we and the country are doing - making space for the new.
I, too, am making space for the new to enter my life. I have been dog-sitting for my former partner's dog, Pepper, for the past four months while my former partner hiked the Appalachian Trail. Pepper and I had bonded quickly and had enjoyed each others company. My former partner came to get Pepper this past weekend. My heart ached when they left. My former partner is in a new relationship and is leaving NY. It was as if we had to come back to the house we built, and during fall, when we first came together, to say good-bye one last time. What is no longer in resonance with who I am is leaving and I must let go, no matter how difficult it may be. This letting go will open the floodgates of my heart to allow in a new relationship for me that is in resonance with who I am.
So if it seems that things are falling down around you like leaves, remember the beauty of the autumn leaf. Death is nothing more than a transition into new life, a new world, and a new you... and it is so beautiful.
Joan Cerio - Keeper of the Keys to a Masterful Life
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