Watching the green of my backyard turning ever so slowly golden, I began to mull over the meaning of autumn. As my years lengthen, the season of candy corn, pumpkins and cider is more than just harvests and a break from the summer heat, only to endure the cold of winter.
Autumn seems to be a middle place; it is most probably found within the same real estate we know that exists between feet planted in two worlds. Is it no-man-land or is it indeed rich real-estate? Let’s explore.
Martial artists are familiar with and taught advancement through promotions (transitions). When promoted from one belt rank to another, a practitioner moves from being an expert in the current rank to being a novice again in the new; in essence, to begin the lesson again.
A black belt student will do this 10, 11, 12 or more times if it is decided to progress through the Bo ranks.
This practice teaches the practitioner to value both sides: the expert and the learner. It does not teach one to embrace the transition period – that has to come from within; it is not taught but learned.
Feet in both worlds again? For sure!
Why is the process “in transition” so important?
Nature, our first teacher, uses transformation, usually in the form of cycles. We, not so much; our modern minds are focused on other things.
In the modern world it is merely cycles of living (such as growing older) that seem to shout loud enough to be heard above the noise of technology and or everyday living.
Another cycle most don’t miss is the one regarding the time standard (EDT etc) and seasons passing. If nothing else, their passage reminds us of the cycles, but only if we notice their passing.
Transition is truly that space between actions, between”seeing”and “understanding” or “hearing” and “listening”. It is small, it may fleeting, but very important in the long-term.
Stagnation the other side of “trans…”
If nature seems to survive for the future by being focused on the new idea, on the one or two concepts that can break the barrier and move to the other level, what lesson for us?
What happens if we do not progress? what else besides stagnation, calcification, zero movement?
If a process, culture, individual continues on the same path and does not alter the path, RUTS are created.
Ruts have several characteristics; they make further movement difficult, they mire forward movement, they can become gullies and can become impassable.
We know this because we talk about “being in a rut.”
Next => Transformation and what it means.
Trans* – meaning: “across”, “beyond” or “on the opposite side”. So,if it is not always a cycle, what else is it?