Each week in The Wisdom of Change blog series, I unpack the insights and meaning behind one of the 44 cards in The Wisdom of Change oracle deck.
This week’s card is 19: Accelerated Progress
Ah, the beautiful energy of accelerated progress; how we experience life when we are in flow, being carried by the water as opposed to feeling like we are swimming upstream.
Periods like this can feel wonderful – the freewheel downhill after all the effort and hard work of pedalling uphill for a while. When we are ‘stuck’ and slow to make progress, the struggle can feel interminable; as if we will run out of energy and commitment before we reach our goal. Then suddenly, it all starts to fall into place, and everything shifts gear to welcome in grace, ease and deeper insights for the way ahead.
It may be useful to remember that too much progress all at once can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry if you don’t feel pure excitement when everything starts to happen the way you desired it to be. We may have become so conditioned by the struggle that we forget to anticipate ease; the time when all our efforts and intentions come together and allow our plans to move towards us at long last.
Our success may come as a shock!
Sometimes things start working out so well for us that we don’t recognise it as such. When we’ve committed to step outside of our comfort zone, we are by nature, moving into unchartered territory. We have been striving towards creating something different; something better than we have become habituated to. We have recognised that where we were is not where we want to be, and we have taken steps to change that. It’s not surprising then if we find ourselves feeling a little out of step with the breakthroughs we have created for ourselves.
Be kind to yourself.
Take time for yourself.
New means different.
Different is what you called in.
It’s a great time to journal all the things you did to create the conditions that got you here. It’ll help you to ground the feeling that your progress is real; linked to the effort you put in and that it didn’t happen to you by some happy accident. It’s valuable to recognise that our efforts and focus resulted in the changes for the better that we are now experiencing.
Take time to celebrate and recommit to where you are heading next. This recent bout of progress may mean that a major milestone has been accomplished. Perhaps you now feel the enormity of the journey that’s still left ahead for you.
Pause a while and remember that the journey is the destination.
Enjoy every step. Relish every insight.
We are never done, never complete; there will always be more, further layers to mine, greater joy to receive, deeper awareness to be had. Gain comfort from the sense of ongoing movement; that change is the only constant.
Whilst you remain temporarily rested, take time to receive in a state of deep gratitude, take stock of where you are now and acknowledge the joy of where next.
It’s all happening for you – congratulations!
Imagine the wind in your hair as you freewheel down the other side of that hill, ripe with all that you have been intending and moving towards.
Yes, it can feel scary, but isn’t it also exhilarating?
Let it in…
Fear is excitement without the breath.
Take a deep inhale.
As always, I’d love to hear your comments below.
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