Life Transitions


Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life. Even though this is a natural and necessary part of our growth, it is often painful or, if we don’t realise what’s happening, confusing and stressful. In fact, confusion and stress are often the messengers that tell us a change is taking place within us. These changes happen throughout the lives of all humans, as we move through childhood to adolescence and beyond. With each transition from one stage to the next, we find ourselves saying good-bye to an old friend, the identity that we formed in order to move through that particular time.

Sometimes we hang on to these identities in relationships or jobs, and when we change those areas of our life become unsettled. For example, we may go through one whole chapter of our lives creating a protective shell around ourselves because we need it in order to heal from some early trauma. One day, though, we may find ourselves feeling confined and restless, wanting to move and grow outside the shelter we needed for so long; but the new part of ourselves cannot be born within the confines of the shell.

We may feel a strange mixture of excitement and sadness as we farewell a part of ourselves that is moving on and make way for a whole new identity to emerge in its place. We may find comfort in imagining an animal that moults or sheds to make way for new skin, fur, or feathers to emerge, and that death and rebirth are simply nature’s way of evolving.

We can surrender to this process, letting go of our past self with great love and gratitude, and welcoming the new with an open mind and heart, ready for our next phase of life.

The Healing Tree can help you move through these transitions with Ease and Grace.