This week we are all about the phenomenon of the moon’s shadow passing across the earth’s surface and partially or totally obscuring a view of the sun by us earthlings. We know the sun is still there, but the rarity is fascinating to us and we feel interest rather than fear. It is as Marie Curie once said, “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
Understanding requires an open mind. Letting go of a long standing idea or stance is about as easy as letting go of our favorite comfortable go-to shoes when they are worn out. To understand most often requires humility and a sense of adventure. Humility: because we may discover that we have been mistaken or uninformed, and, adventure: because we are on the edge of change and risk.
An “eclipse” in our lives may be the occasion of a new understanding. When a life changing event happens– an accident, an illness, a divorce, a loss of any kind, an uprooting, positive or negative—we have a chance to decide if we will abide in fear of the passing shadow or see the situation as something we can come to understand and decide how best to work with it. We may even come to recognize new growth and possibilities.
Psychotherapy is a powerful way to help in negotiating. the eclipses in our lives. It is not unlike like protective glasses that allow us to safely look into our deepest fears.