The Death and Rebirth of the Self



  • BY MADISYN TAYLOR

    Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life. Even though this is a natural and necessary part of our growth, it is often painful or, if we don't realize what's happening, confusing and disorienting. In fact, confusion and disorientation are often the messengers that tell us a shift is taking place within us. These shifts happen throughout the lives of all humans, as we move from infancy to childhood to adolescence and beyond. With each transition from one phase to another, we find ourselves saying good-bye to an old friend, the identity that we formed in order to move through that particular time.

    Sometimes we form these identities in relationships or jobs, and when we shift those areas of our life become unsettled. Usually, if we take the time to look into the changing surface of things, we will find that a shift is taking place within us. For example, we may go through one whole chapter of our lives creating a protective shell around ourselves because we need it in order to heal from some early trauma. One day, though, we may find ourselves feeling confined and restless, wanting to move outside the shelter we needed for so long; the new part of ourselves cannot be born within the confines of the shell our old self needed to survive.

    We may feel a strange mixture of exhilaration and sadness as we say good-bye to a part of ourselves that is dying and make way for a whole new identity to emerge in its place. We may find inspiration in working with the image of an animal who molts or sheds in order to make way for new skin, fur, or feathers to emerge. For example, keeping a duck feather, or some other symbol of transformation, can remind us that death and rebirth are simply nature's way of evolving. We can surrender to this process, letting go of our past self with great love and gratitude, and welcoming the new with an open mind and heart, ready for our next phase of life.



  • @thecaptain so true . I can feel this change occurring right now in me I’ve been feel exactly this way lately and didn’t realize why until recently!



  • Very useful post 👍.



  • Death is a natural part of life, it comes in many forms. But It also gives us the chance at rebirth. 🙏🙏🙏



  • we may find ourselves feeling confined and restless, wanting to move outside the shelter we needed for so long; the new part of ourselves cannot be born within the confines of the shell our old self needed to survive



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  • Jayann, you have always looked outside yourself for safety, support and security - that is why you have never found it. It is within you. You must feel strong, safe and secure on the inside before you can ever attract it on the outside. You have to start believing in yourself - that you are safe and happy wherever you are and always loved/protected by the Universe.



  • @thecaptain
    I have never felt safe and secure. Same as I have never felt as a part of a family. As for being loved and protected by the universe well I know differently. People take great pleasure in being evil to me. When I became ill I worked very hard to create an environment where I felt to live in but on 09/09/2016 someone destroyed this.



  • @jayann, exactly my point!


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