Author Joseph Campbell once wrote, “When we hang onto any form, we are in danger of putrefaction.” If we do not let go of the old, the new that is waiting for us cannot be experienced.
It is said that young birds learn to fly by their parents slowly distancing themselves. At each feeding, the parent bird offers the food further and further away encouraging the baby bird to leave the nest and take the risk to fly. We humans are not that different in how we learn to spread our wings. If we are lucky, we have strong parental figures helping us to grow, to mature, and to become adults. Once on our own, we often need to encourage ourselves to let go of comfort and expand into new horizons. In life, we do need to continually grow, or we run the risk of stagnation.
This week, our inner heart’s calling for change is a voice we can no longer ignore. We are given in these days the assistance from the Universe to release our old ways of thinking and being, to fly into a new world and a new life. We prepare in this week to stand before Passover, a holiday of incredible power, to release us from our old selves and catapult us into a better version of them.