Mabon, the Autumn equinox, is a time of balance and harmony, with the sun and the moon equally dividing the hours into day and night. As we move into Autumn's splendor, filled with vibrant color and natural abundance, our energies turn toward completion and contemplation.
Have we managed to emulate nature in celebrating her achievements, or do we refrain from claiming our due? The latter is often the case, according to Linda S. Austin, M.D, author of What's Holding You Back as she talked about women who struggled with their own success. "Clearly, they had all displayed a real capacity for achievement. For years their lives had been organized around their ambitions, and they had made many sacrifices. Yet as they neared the moment when they would make critical decisions about their career directions, something internal rose up to prevent them from shouting their exaltation in their achievements from the mountain tops."
What is holding us back? Do we fear success, or do we reject the traditional notion of success? If it is the latter, we're not alone. In If Success is a Game, These are the Rules, Chérie Carter-Scott, Ph.D. discusses the difference in values which may affect our decisions. "The popular cultural definition of success in industrial nations is based primarily on three elements: power, money and fame....There is, however, one major problem with this definition: It is severely limited....It excludes a multitude of people who are successful in their own right and who define success by an entirely different set of standards."
Redefining our personal vision of success is one of the benefits we can reap as the fruit of our labors. Carter-Scott expounds on this opportunity by providing an alternative. "Fulfillment is something quite different. Fulfillment is a feeling that comes from within your soul that radiates through your being. It is the feeling that comes from within your soul that radiates through your being. It is the feeling of deep satisfaction and contentment you experience at the end of the day when you lie in bed before drifting off to sleep, knowing in your heart and bones that you had met or exceeded your expectations of yourself."
Autumn is the perfect time to reflect upon fulfillment. Surrounded by the beauty of Indian corn, the sweet scent of fall blossoms, and a luscious selection of ripened vegetables, we can rest upon our past successes and muse upon the possibilities of renaissance, of the dawning of a new season of creativity.
In Point Zero: Creativity Without Limits, Michelle Cassou bids us to use this moment of rest for inspiration. "Point Zero is the place of all possibilities, the ground from which pure creation springs. It is a place of receptivity with its own momentum, its own order. It is a place of no interference, the background of all that is. Point Zero is the time between two thoughts, the place between two breaths, a place of rest, of no movement, of silence, of the mind. It is a potentially pregnant moment. You are at Point Zero when you let yourself feel, no matter what that feeling brings."
Summer's passing and Autumn's arrival signifies more than the turning of the wheel of time. It is a time to gaze back at exeriences shared and forward into future joys. It is the perfect time to remind ourselves that this cyclic universe is sure to bring new beginnings to treasure along with the sweet memories of the past. It is from these two abundant wells our creative harmony, balance and success springs.
By Loretta Kemsley
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