Dear Spirit to Spirit friend,
In the midst of these times that often make us feel as if we are being stretched beyond our capacity, here is a different perspective on the grace of withdrawing from life at times.
From David Whyte's Consolations, entitled "Withdrawal."
"Withdrawal can be the very best way of stepping forward and done well, a beautiful freeing act of mercy, and as an art form, underestimated in this time of constant action and engagement.
So much of what we are involved with, in even the highest cause, becomes involvement at the busy periphery, where the central conversation has been lost to the outer edges of what was to begin with, a very simple central invitation. Withdrawal is often not what it looks like – a disappearance – no, to withdraw from entanglement can be to appear again in
the world in a very real way and begin the process of renewing the primary, essential invitation again.
Though life does seem determined to be a beautiful and entrancing distraction – just as
we ourselves are a distraction to others, testing them as we test ourselves and our mutual sincerity – our participation in this dance of distraction also makes more real, and more necessary, our ability to return to essential ground, to an essential person or an essential work.
We stick to the wrong thing quite often, not because it will come to fruition by further effort, but because we cannot let go of the way we have decided to tell the story and we become further enmeshed even by trying to make sense of what entraps us, when what is needed is a simple, clean breaking away.
To remove ourselves entirely and absolutely, abruptly and at times un-compromisingly, is often the real and radically courageous break for freedom. Unsticking ourselves, right in the middle of our path, we start the process of losing our false enemies, and even our false friends, and most especially the false sense of self we have manufactured to live with them: we make ourselves available for the simple purification of seeing ourselves and our world more elementally and therefore more clearly again.
We withdraw not to disappear, but to find another ground from which to see; a solid ground from which to step, and from which to speak again, in a different way, a clear, rested, embodied voice, our life as suddenly emphatic statement and one from which we
do not wish to withdraw."
In Gratitude & Love, Joanna