Today’s blog continues the exploration of divorce and role it can play in our spiritual healing and spiritual growth. (NOTE: I will be taking a blogging haitus until Monday, March 28th)
To the Batcave!
Today I move out of the 120 year old, lilac colored Victorian cottage I have shared with my husband and children for 13 years. When I entered into this divorce process nearly a year ago, I had a plan. I planned that by this time, the shift from full-time mother/part-time Spiritual Director to full-time BOTH would have me at an annual income of $50,000 and a new home. Ha….apparently God had other plans. Instead, I’m nowhere near my financial goals and will be moving into a dear friend’s basement. While this is not what I planned and not what I wanted, I have to honestly admit that this is perhaps exactly what I need. Thanks to the generous hospitality of my friend, I can cease from making any hasty, permanent decisions and take this time to heal. The irony in all of this is that this is exactly what I would recommend to my own clients who might be facing this kind of significant life transition.
This is all I need
As I have been making preparations to move from a 1500 sq ft home to a 10′ x 15′ room, (with access to other parts of the house!) I have been feeling a little Steve Martin-ish. Recalling the scene from The Jerk where he is leaving his girlfriend’s home, I have been picking through my things saying, “This is all I need.” What does one REALLY need in this life? What do I really need to bring with me to the Batcave? (which is what I am affectionately calling my new digs) The end result, is not really that much. I am bringing my favorite chant CD’s (along with some Disturbed!), a Bible, my favorite poetry books, a few journals, my writing desk and laptop, my coffee press and some clothes. I have a sense that keeping my “stuff” to a minimum will help me to be freed of the distractions that might keep me from the necessary healing work. And to get thing started, I cleared my calendar for the next 10 days and will be taking a temporary haitus from anything work related – including this blog. So, I appreciate your patience and support as I refrain from blogging (unless there is important book release info!). I promise to return, renewed and refreshed on Monday, March 28th!
Along with a few personal possessions, I will also be taking with me into the Batcave two significant pieces of spiritual inspiration that have recently been given to me. The first is the series of bat dreams I have had over the past several weeks. In the most recent dream, I was eating bat wings. I receive this as some sort of communion/eucharist symbolism…..time to be one with transformation. And secondly, from a deck of spiritual inspiration cards, I pulled the following message:
The child skater on this card is creating a figure eight, the ancient symbol of infinity. The pattern represents the infinite potential of the human being. When this card appears in your reading, look into the deeper realms of your life to discover the gifts that you can share with the world. Allow your hidden skills and creative abilities to fully manifest.
So, my time in the Batcave will be for healing, transformation and an openness to a new life, yet to be revealed. While we’re on that topic, does that mean that I will enjoy my own personal Easter this coming April? HHHMMM Time will tell.
Where are the times in your life when you have been invited to enter the Batcave?
What did you need to bring?
What tools of support were there for you?
What was the new life that resulted in that process of healing and transformation?
Authentic Freedom Ministries