There are times in life when our well-ordered existence seems to crack open. Life no longer seems to work as it once did. This may occur slowly over time or with an unexpected suddenness. We may be shocked by an unexpected loss, disabling emotional distress, or physical disease. Or, we may feel the subtle sense that something is just not right, the sense that there must be “more to life,” a yearning for the inner spark.
When our outdated life structure begins to crack, we are at the entranceway to a life transition, a very special, sacred, and pregnant time filled with unseen and well-disguised possibilities. If this opportunity is taken up and fully lived and experienced, our lives will expand and the darkness will give way to an authentic and revitalized sense of self and well-being.
To grasp the extraordinary opportunity of a life transition, we must see through the difficulties, accept the call to a new life, and fall in love with the possibilities. But we need more. We need to understand the 6 stages of a life transition and the skills that are necessary to traverse each of these stages.
The six stages of a life transition are:
The Call to a Larger Life
The In-Between Time
The Lessons Learned
We cannot do this by trial and error. We cannot do it alone. The great traditions tell us that we require a skilled guide who can point the way, steer us through the detours and obstacles, support us through the dark moments, teach us the skills required to successfully navigate a life transition, and illuminate the qualities of a transformed life.
The opportunity to transition our lives is infrequent. To miss it may mean closing the door for many years to come. If you would like further assistance on mentoring and guidance through a life transition, click here.