Have you ever heard of the idea that changes in our lives happen in seven year cycles? Whether you believe that it’s due to the planet Uranus crossing our horoscope every seven years or the science that’s behind emotional and developmental milestones, seven years seems to ring true.
I just turned 42. Can you see why this is significant to me right now?
As I look back on my life, I can see how my seven year cycles have brought about a significant shift in my life – whether it be emotional, spiritual or physical. As I move into my next seven year cycle I can already see and feel this next shift taking place.
According to scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the 42-49 year cycle is where we look inwards and start to make major turns in big areas of our lives such as relationships and work life. I recognise and acknowledge this right now. I can see how it is contributing to my period of transition.
Now, you don’t need to be 42-49 years old to feel like you are in transition! Being in that state of ‘in-between’ or not fully knowing happens at any stage of our lives.
Transition is an important part of our journey and its true gift to us is that of acceptance.
Acceptance of letting go of what was, of shedding our usual life structures and of realising that not knowing what is coming next is ok.
When we are dealing with acceptance of things that have shaped our life as we know it, there will be confusion, grief and even a period of mourning. You may feel reluctant to shed the old and want to hang on to what you have. Maybe you feel as though you’ve invested a great deal of time or money into that part of your life. Maybe you feel like in releasing it, you will lose your identity.
Embracing these big emotions – the fear, the anger, the resentment – whatever it may be, and embodying them gives us an opportunity for growth and personal exploration.
Whilst you may resist any type of transition in your life (because it can be uncomfortable), I want to encourage you not think about what was, but rather what could be. By letting go and surrendering to this transitional period you are creating space for something else in your life.