Lessons from Nautilus
The Hokey Pokey makes a humorous attempt to say what life is all about. Sometimes humor is used to seek answers to “life’s persistent questions”, as Garrison Keillor did through Guy Noir on his Public Radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” However, when it comes to seriously answering this question, I think Nautilus does it best for me.
The nautilus is a mollusk that grows a new and larger chamber when it feels the current chamber is too small and is constricting it. If it did not do this, it would die. As the nautilus grows its series of new and bigger chambers, it maintains a connection with its center by way of a tube through all of the smaller chambers.
Through this tube it can secrete or absorb fluids or air in all the smaller chambers to help it maneuver or dance in its present world. To rise in the water it secretes fluids and absorbs air. To descend in the water, it secretes air and absorbs fluids. The more chambers it grows, the more “tools” from the past it has for dancing in the present. It synergistically regenerates and transforms itself. Transformation is a forever dance.
In contemplative times, Nautilus teaches me how to gratefully use all my life experiences without staying stuck in them. Nautilus contemplation also opens my heart to transformational leadings.
Current life experiences are leading me to a shift for this blog. It has been a monthly communication, and now will become an occasional communication. We have visited monthly for three years. I know I have grown ‘new and bigger chambers’ in my own heart, gut, and head from doing this and from responses I have received. Thank you for your interest and for sharing the journey. I am filled with gratitude.
Heart Selah: What life experiences are transforming your current dance?
“Gratitude, the ability to count your blessings, is the ultimate way to connect with the heart.” ~ Baptist de Pape
“People often ask me, “What’s the fast track to love?” And there is one answer, I think: “Gratitude.” When we’re grateful for what’s going on in our lives, that is when our hearts open…” ~ Marci Shimoff
“Becoming heart-centered is a matter of choice, responsible choice. It’s a choice that only you can make for yourself. No one can make it for you.” ~ Gary Zukav
“When we get to the point where we have experienced this transformation within ourselves, where living from love rather than fear has transformed our own life circumstances, then we become channels. We become vessels and have the moral authority by which to state that possibility for the planet. We can state that possibility not just because it’s theory, but because we have seen that transformation in our own lives.” ~ Marianne Williamson