Episode 12: Open to Full Expression

Good morning everyone, and welcome to NF Learning Lab, where together, we access our innate, iNtuitive wisdom as unique and self-valuing women, and share who we are becoming in a safe, sensitive community.

Last month, we were exploring the bottom half of the You Are Here Map and the process of ‘becoming’ that is our when we venture there. We noticed that in order to enter a true cocoon state in some area of our life, we must release our attachment to whatever obsessive ‘doing’ we’ve been engaged in. Sometimes, I think that as iNtuitive-Feeling personality types, who are fascinated by personal growth and self-evolution, there might be a part of us that is eagerly waiting for the opportunity to shift our focus from incessant, external ‘doing’, and toward deep, self-reflective ‘becoming.’ Somehow, we trust that even in the dark void of a cocoon at the very bottom of the You Are Here Map, we will make progress in our self-development.

Today, we take a closer look at the mysterious ‘possibilities’ the cocoon state offers us. In one sense, it is the perfect place to work consciously with our precious gift of iNtuition. Think about it … in cocoon state, we have the luxury of detaching entirely from the constant barrage of challenges we experience when we’re focused outward into the Sensing-majority world. In a profound way, the pressure is off! Most of us have had a direct experience of that in the year, just past, when we were forced, by the COVID pandemic to detach ourselves from the structures of normal life.

Regardless of what is happening in the outside, doing-focused, time-pressured, Sensing-majority world, the internal space of the cocoon provides a completely different experience. Instead of pressing us urgently forward, time flows, allowing us the freedom to focus on inner subtleties, like our emotional and mental states. Space is different in the dark void of the cocoon. We’re not constantly bumping up against all of the external forces that normally curtail our iNtuitive ‘knowing’.

We can be productive in cocoon state, and heal the deep wounds that we’ve suffered over a lifetime of constricting our ‘vastness of being’ to the size of a pea. In cocoon, we are protected, from the world that couldn’t perceive our iNtuitive vastness, much less embrace or celebrate it. We can engage the wisdom of our evolving wise-woman selves, and grow ourselves up again. We can trust our iNtuition to awaken and nurture all of the possibilities of self that have lain dormant within us for far too long.

And with all of that support, something wonderful happens; whether we intend it or not, the space of the cocoon connects us to our imagination. It gives us permission to awaken to dimensions of ourselves that we have not dared to even to contemplate, when we were caught up in the prescriptions of a Sensing-majority world, always pressuring us to measure up to its concept of who we are and what we ‘should’ become. Let’s move on to our journal prompts and look deeper.

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