Becoming in the Garden of Life
By Anne Round
Published Magic Happens Magazine February 2021
Image by Anne Round
Life is an undulating wave of being and becoming that offers us the precious creation of growth. Harmony is expressed in a balance between being and becoming. Being is the feminine principle, it is the container where everything is held. It is the deep oceanic presence of potentials and possibilities. The masculine principle is the becoming, it is the action of expression. It is the potential materializing into form. Being and becoming dance together as one, yin yang. One continual cycle, moving in and out, round and round, the mysterious current of life happening.
Being is the sea of potential. Becoming is the creative pulse that emerges from being. Being is the heart and becoming is the mind. If the mind is in service to the heart then becoming appears as beauty, integrity and authenticity in the world. If the mind demands to be in charge without heart then the creation lacks the energy to emerge with balance and harmony.
My garden offers the young shoots of the daffodils as contemplation of becoming. The bulbs that I planted in November represent being. They are the potential of the joyful yellow flower nodding on its stem on a warm spring day. It is their becoming that expresses magic and mystery as they quietly form hidden roots, that ground them in the soil. The sprout emerges from the bulb making its way upward and expanding. Day by day more stability is created, a strong stem appears, and a small bulge that will blossom into the jolly flower. After this period of becoming, the flower is simply being radiating its brilliance and love into the world. When its display is complete it returns energy to the bulb so the whole process can repeat the next year. A cycle of being and becoming that is the trademark of nature.
The flower emerges steadily thanks to the energy stored in the bulb. The becoming requires energy, yet appears effortless. When we spend time nurturing our being with contemplation, kindness, and self-love. We can carry more ease and grace for the becoming of our daily lives. When the soil around the sprout is loose and aerated then the effort of pushing into the light occurs with ease. We can make our own journey smoother and less encumbered by loosening our grip on our mental and emotional beliefs. We can choose effortlessness to inform our becoming, trusting our growth is informed by simply being. We need to consider what tools we have to till the soil of our life. Patience, gentleness, forgiveness, and gratitude are a few ways to facilitate our own becoming each day. When we tend to our being through meditation, quiet reflection, pauses, and time in nature, we are storing energy for becoming. When our time arrives to bloom, we can delight in becoming more love, and more grateful for the experiences of being alive here and now.
We are continually dancing as life within the mystery of becoming and being. The constant exchange of the masculine and the feminine principles in action within our system and all of nature. Our lives are beauty emerging, a rhythm and precision, that allows the magic of becoming to influence our being and vice versa.
May we all trust the call to become by being.