Cute story. There was this guy that wrote lots of stories and prose when I was a kid. He was probably like Beverly Cleary or C.S. Lewis. His name was Arthur Unk-nown. I really didn’t know until my teen years that the signature at the end of all his clever writing really said, “Author Unknown.”
Recalling this humorous memory got me thinking about the theme of the upcoming week (hexagram 3, I’Ching), called “difficulty at the beginning” which is what it sometimes feels like when meeting the unknown. As a child, what I had thought was one thing at the beginning, was really another. Isn’t that true of the “unknown”? By definition, we can’t know this mysterious “unknown.” And it is likely that we can experience the unknown anywhere on the spectrum from being exciting to being scary.
Which brings me to another story that is at the beginning of its unfolding. The story of Sabine and me. We are currently heading into a BIG unknown adventure. There are parts and pieces revealing themselves along the way but oftentimes there is the simultaneous fear/excitement inducing chaos of the unknown alongside the limitless glimmering potential!
Our “plan” so far has been to rent out our home in London, Ontario, one month from now, and to travel in our Airstream with dog and cat in tow… to Western Michigan where we’ll stay at a friend’s place for a few months. From there we’ll be able to visit family and/or possibly travel throughout the US and Canada. Where will this adventure lead us? We don’t know! Our minds keep us busy dreaming of possibilities and yet we follow our inner guidance one step at a time. We have so many questions! If we think too much about it, we can easily drive ourselves nuts. So we let the mind say what it says, but do not let it dictate our lives! We are up for anything that inspires and moves us… and we are listening.
What originally set this whole thing in motion was a feeling of being too much in a rut… living in the same place (17 years already!). We’d been craving a new perspective, a new way of being where we could share our gifts in even more true to us ways. And then our friend reached out and invited us to consider some different possibilities. We each responded in our own timing, in our own way with a big YES, and our synergy has been in motion ever since that decision to take a few months away from the familiar and enter into something new.
As of now, we don’t have a renter…. yet we’ve been busy getting ready as if it will happen. Our “plan” is to move on May 15, but without renters, then what? We watch our minds try to figure out the unknown and we laugh and cry a lot! How will we work best when traveling on the road? How will our local clients adjust? Will our animals make the changes well? How do we take care of our renters and our gardens in Ontario when we’re gone? Have we gone to the dentist and taken care of all the things before we go away for half a year?
As you can see, there are so many possibilities and such a powerful desire for change to start something new, the energy wants to shoot off in a thousand directions! The energy of hexagram 3 is like a chaotic river that pushes beyond its riverbanks and flows everywhere. The river, our energy, looks for some kind of structure, some order, some solid banks to contain, order and guide the flow.
This coming week’s energy shines the light on this dance of chaos and cosmos. Chaos seeking order and order seeking chaos. And then the mutation and change that’s possible in a quantum leap when the timing is ripe for initiation!
So dear friend, where are you in this dance? What does this energy of new beginnings bring up for you?
You may very well find yourself tuning into the energy of new beginnings… and it may feel difficult due to the energy that wants to MOVE in a thousand directions already! OR you may begin something new and it flows with ease because you already have the river banks to contain it. OR you may get the hit that it’s not the time to begin something new right now. Just know that from April 17-22, the chaotic and challenging energy of beginning new things/or not will be up in the air for people. How you deal with it is up to you.
Let us know how it goes! What are you beginning to see when you meet the “uncomfortable” and the “unknown?” Is it exciting? Scary? Let us know in the comments below.
Much love and gratitude for you in our lives,
Juna & Sabine