The cliff of decision…

Via Clare Polencheck
on Dec 10, 2011
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Have you ever found yourself running from a fire-breathing dragon only to come to the top of a high cliff?

(Of course you have.) You have two choices…jumping the cliff or surrendering to the dragon.

Imagine the cliff is a destructive pattern in your life. The dragon represents the feelings you don’t want to face.

Looking down, the water is choppy and looks frigid…the drop is long. Its dark, its deep, there are rocks and crags and likely predators. There is no lifeboat in sight and shore is a ways off. But hey, you can dog paddle, making it to shore eventually.

And eventually, the dragon sniffs you out again.

You run and run, again coming to the cliff’s edge…

What if you put on the protective armor of God and faced the dragon? What if you turned around and surrendered? What if you paid attention to this animal? What if the dragon is only chasing and roaring because it wants…a friend? A mother? Love? Maybe it wants to feel valued, or important. Maybe the dragon is wounded and is crying out for care. Maybe it thinks you are playing hide and seek! Maybe your dragon isn’t this:

image by Dan Olson

but this:

Maybe if you sat and played nice with your dragon, you’d find you didn’t have to run and jump anymore…

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About Clare Polencheck

Clare L. Polencheck is a yoga instructor who strives to live and write from a Christian-Yogic spiritual perspective, and is humbled to share tidbits of her lessons as a teacher of asana, a student of her students, and a pupil of Universe. Learning to go with God’s flow is her dharma code.


6 Responses to “The cliff of decision…”

  1. irina says:

    just wonderful and penetrating. thank you!

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  3. Beautiful. Made me think of one of my favorite readings.

    The Dragon-Princess

    We, however, are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set about us, and there is nothing which should intimidate or worry us. We are set down in life as in the element to which we best correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we hold still we are, through a happy mimicry, scarcely to be distinguished from all that surrounds us. We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

    Rainer Maria Rilke