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The Power of Transition

April 9, 2013

By Jacinta Hin

When things start shifting and changing our initial response is often to cling to the life we know. After all, it is all we know and all that seems real and secure. Yet, the sooner we accept that the inevitable (change) is coming our way, the sooner we can get engaged with what the road to change (transition) has to offer.

Transitions enrich and expand us, as they bring us closer to our essence and consequently enable us to bring this essence to the foreground of our lives. They help us peel away the layers that keep our authentic self out of sight and in doing so give us access to a fuller version of ourselves. As transitions are not overnight events, they also allow us to do the work, prepare for and create change following a natural timeline that suits us, rather than one that is imposed on us.

Transitions expand our world, although we initially might feel the opposite. When activities, people and what once seemed important fall away, our world seems to become smaller. But if we step into the infinite realm of our inner world, there’s no limit to what we can discover, make our own, and consequently are able to bring into our outer experience.

In this way transitions often force us to the path of change, especially in countries and societies that are excessively focused on “making it” in the external world, and where success and security are often associated with staying on the once chosen path, progressing careers upwards and doing the so-called responsible thing.  In such circumstances, where we basically respond to what we think is expected from us, it is no wonder there is little time for self-reflection and review, let alone for taking a break and changing direction.

Transitions provide opportunity for adjustment. They tell us to stop doing what we do, take time off and look around. To open new doors and explore what else is out there. They also invite us to look at our lives from a different perspective. To take a step back and look at our current reality through a different lens and see if what we have created and put in place is still serving its purpose.

Transitions force us to spend time with ourselves and explore who we are on the deepest possible level. In the process we may become more self-aware and conscious of the world at large, the bigger picture and the things that matter most. We may come to a deeper understanding of the flow of life and its philosophical and spiritual underpinnings, or see how certain beliefs keep us chained to negative and limiting situations and choices.

Transitions also give us permission to use our imagination. To dust off old dreams, once dismissed but not completely gone. To dig up secret desires we thought we had put away for good but that have somehow managed to stick around, or let new ideas come fully to the surface without dismissing them beforehand. Our ability to dream and imagine is endless. If we surrender to its power, anything is possible. Fantasy will become a vessel for discovering hidden truths and exploring new territory.

The road to meaningful personal change, or any change for that matter, is always a transition embraced and managed wholeheartedly.


About the author: Jacinta Hin was born in the Netherlands and has been living in Tokyo, Japan, since 1989. Her professional background is in human resources, career management and coaching. She is passionate about helping people, herself included, discover new perspectives of possibility, move to embracing and working with their transitions, and designing and realizing changes aligned with who they truly are and what they truly want from their lives.
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