“A critical part of home-leaving in a woman’s spiritual development is the willingness not to know where she is going. The length of time that is spent in that place of unknowing between the old and the new varies with each person. It depends on many things: her tolerance for uncertainty; her capacity for surrender; her susceptibility and vulnerability to economic, social, and family pressures; and, finally, her own highly individualized timing, which may include but is ultimately beyond all these factors.
When everything familiar has been sheared away — either because we have physically separated ourselves from our “home,” or because our inner exploration has taken us beyond our old self –we are presented with a great opportunity for spiritual growth. At such times, we are likely to examine our lives more deeply than we ever have before and be asked to trust far beyond our understanding. T.S. Eliot knew this place very well and expressed it eloquently in his poem, “East Coker”:
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.”
*Picture of Airmid The Celtic Goddess of Healing Arts – Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Picture can be found here: https://www.pinterest.com/heartandsoulhea/goddess-divine-feminine/