Wide Open Spaces

Post by Jo Anna Rothman.

the road to Mt Cook by Adam Foster | Codefor
the road to Mt Cook by Adam Foster | Codefor
Wide Open Spaces

I used to try and fill the spaces. To let toys, book, TV, thoughts and more take up the vast openness inside of me…outside of me. The space felt overwhelming. Too big to leave as is. I felt I could get lost in it. By cluttering it up with the clutter of my mind and of my life, things felt safer. Easier to handle. The world was smaller and I could navigate the now rugged terrain. I did not have to be with my Self, by myself.

There came a time, though, when every time I meditated or had a deep connection within myself, I would have this experience of feeling very tiny. I would be this small speck in a valley, surrounded by gigantic mountains. I was so small that there was no way I could ever fill up the space around me. The mountains provided a container…a comparison so that I would know the true spaciousness around me. No amount of anything would matter…there was simply space.

Though it was initially disconcerting, there was a soft stillness that came present every time that feeling showed up. It felt right. I began to cultivate the sensation…driving through the canyons so I could literally feel the mountains around me. Clearing out my physical space of junk and clutter. Not trying to cram every thought and sensation into my mind. I began to let myself be. From here, I began to know who I was in the Universe.

The space can be a challenge. We may think that we have to fill it…create with it. That it is a theater we must do something with…and not just anything, the right thing. Otherwise we are just wasting space.

Space is an open realm of magic. We all hold it inside of us. The plains. Waiting for us to be with our Selves. Our authentic, true, divinely connected selves. Connecting deeply requires a certain experience of spaciousness…as the expansiveness calls us back to ourselves. That can be the scariest part…the quiet and solitude that the wide open spaces of our life demand. And yet, it is the greatest opportunity to live in the space of loving that is at the truth of all that is.

And if we get very still and very quiet, we start to feel out we are not separate from the space. We extend into the ever after…we become the wide open space.

Jo Anna Rothman, MA is an intuitive coach and facilitator of The Receiving Project. She revels in assisting people in falling in love with their lives. She is committed to living a life full of pleasure, purpose and enthusiasm. And perhaps most important, she knows the secret to the perfect s’more.

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