I have been making friends recently with a feeling which I think is a little like being lost at sea. You know the state I am talking about. This is when ones life trajectory has left the known landmarks depended on in the past for guidance. It is when the future is given the opportunity to be left wide open while looking out on an empty horizon of imagination. It is that precious state that then at any time can bring a thousand different new experience potentials into view.
So which direction do we make a choice to head our little life boats out in? Are there hints from the stars above in the universe as to a preferred path to follow? Is there a spiritual GPS signal available to us at our current life location? Is the deeper voice of our unknowns becoming known angling to have a particular heading to be rowed toward from their stirrings in the belly of the boat? Any messages on the wind of new thought blowing just within our hearing?
Looking into the vastness of living potentials, I often find little treasured messages that help floating by, dropped by those who have gone on out ahead:
A prophetic thought claims its own future; it awakens, disturbs and brings transformation. Such a thought is a gift of imagination. A great thought is a sense-spirit object. At a personal level, each of us is aware of certain threshold times in the lives of our hearts when such thoughts arrived and changed everything.
-John O’Donohue, Beauty The Invisible Embrace
Here is to celebrating those prophetic thoughts we can run into when we allow ourselves to be out in the wide open unknown not navigating, but allowing feeling a bit at a loss. This is a living hatchery of sorts, birth place of those precious thoughts for what is possible which then can lead to choices which create new experiences that bring transformation into our lives. This is a gift we give ourselves when we befriend the unknown in imagination with it’s accompanying feelings, which can for me, so closely resemble the feeling of being lost at sea.