Open the Door

by JoAnne Dodgson

“Forget your perfect offering. There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen

From a shamanic perspective, change is seen as a journey through a doorway. Every change is a passage. We leave behind what’s familiar and known, letting go of what has been while creating momentum toward something not-yet experienced, unmanifested, colored by mystery and unknowns. Change involves movement, actions and choices which carry us through the opened door to the other side, whether we tentatively touch our toes in the newfound waters or exuberantly dive in.

Initiating change, any ending or beginning or transition in-between, requires that a door be cracked open, that we dare to look around and sense into what exists beyond the current landscape of our lives. Our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and dreams. Our relationships. Health, home, finances, community. Creativity. The flow and construction of our everyday lives.

Cracking open the doorway boldly sets things in motion. Because the light gets in. We see now what we couldn’t see, or maybe even dream of, before. We taste the potentials, sense the adventure, get curious and hungry for more.

Transformation comes alive the very moment the door is opened.

Transformation comes alive the very moment the door is opened. Even when you feel afraid. Even if you’re not sure what to do next. Even though making changes in this particular direction involves stepping into new territory and navigating uncharted waters.

~ Like the butterfly emerging from his chrysalis, readying to fly into an entirely new existence.

~ Like the snake shedding her skin, creating space for expansion and full self-expression, not staying confined and small.

~ Like baby turtles making their way out of the eggshells, leaving behind the only world they have known and heading toward the wide-open seas.

Our Aliveness is dynamic, filled with ever-in-motion change. Moment by moment, step by step, we’re co-creating Life, this passionate, creative, courageous quest.

So crack open the door. That’s how the light gets in.


Journal, Volume 3 Issue 3