Walk with me, onto the bridge
If you dare.
Leave the firm ground of your knowing, built methodically and carefully over your lifetime
Leave the certainty of your soul pressed into the earth through your feet
Leave everything you thought you knew and follow me.
Pass into the wild mysterious uncertainty, the space between the worlds.
Everything and nothing is true on the bridge
And even as your heart yearns for what it knew
The far side beckons freedom
As mysterious and powerful as the moon
And moth like
We are pulled from a secret place in our hearts
Step by fearful step, deeper and further into the glittering universe.
So walk with me over the bridge
If you dare
Untie the aged ropes of faith, binding belief to the old
Trust only in the visceral core which pulses through your soft body like a burning star
Trust in the deep wisdom buried in your bones
By long forgotten ancestors
Trust that you are enough,
And with reckless abandon walk now towards your star filled horizon.
Bridges are really magical places, existing neither here nor there. They are liminal spaces where two things can be true at once, although they may oppose each other. They are spaces which open up the hard and fast rules of life, allowing the possibility of change to find its feet.
Change is hard because it involves moving from one known space, into an as yet unknown space. As we all know, the unknown is very hard for our human brains to feel comfortable and relaxed with, so bridges can make us feel a bit nervous, a bit unsure or unsettled. As we step off the known shore into the transition space of a bridge, we need a degree of trust to keep walking forwards, towards the unknown shore.
When I find change has burst unexpectedly into my life, mindful awareness of the new and unusual reality really helps. By getting curious, rather than anxious about the changes, I can ground myself in the reality of the present. I walk fully aware onto the bridge, with as few expectations as possible. Of course my mind usually gets in the way again, but even pockets of grounding myself in the real moment, brings more of a sense of control in the midst of change. Being present to the changes happening both within and around me, I gain a sense of calm presence.
As spaces of transition, bridges have always been viewed as holding special powers, linking together what would otherwise remain separate. They also allow us to cross what would be impenetrable barriers, shortening journeys, making movement easier…. we really should build more bridges, and cross them when we can.