Empty Next

by Leslie Sann

“There is a beautiful tension in all creation between letting go and forming, the pushing and pulling of color and sound and everything imaginable.”
~ Janet Morgan

I was writing to a client who is about to release her child into the world for the beginning of his journey into adulthood. Concurrently she is thus launching herself into the rest of her life as well as she too will be venturing into the next phase; with an empty nest.

Before I pushed send I was re-reading the email to make sure I hadn’t made any typos or my auto correct helper (which isn’t always helpful) did some mischief to my words. While scanning the document I saw the words empty NEXT instead of empty nest.

Hmmm… that got my attention.

Empty next.

I am called to wonder.

I turn my attention inwardly to see what is revealed.

Empty next …. hmmmm.

Out of the quiet within, an awareness appears and I realize this is another way of describing living surrender. Surrender, to me, is part of the creative process.

Have I confused you? Do you think surrender is a hands above your head giving up? Lots of folks hold that thought. I used to. which is why I resisted the process of surrender for so long. I thought it meant I was saying yes to victim-hood.

What I’ve come to learn is that is the opposite of what is true. Living surrender involves having a vision, taking a step towards that intention and then giving UP to that which is greater. This opens up a willingness for something even better to appear than my pea brain might be able to imagine. Taking action without expectations or demands.

To me I am giving UP to my CO-Creator, the essential Creative Energy that breathes me, trusting that only that which will serve my highest good will occur.

I take an action in a direction I want to go, holding in my heart that this or something equal to or greater for the highest good of all concerned manifest, and empty myself to receive.

I love this new phrase, empty next. I feel relaxed and open as I move through my life. A greater sense of ease and possibility appears. There is more space just by taking action and letting go, giving UP.

What about you?

Love and Blessings,