I was walking home yesterday and passed a magnolia coming into flower again for the second time this year. It’s a beautiful tree, with intense purple flowers. To see the tightly folded buds emerge for a new flowering, put me in touch with feelings of hope. The reflowering, emergence of the new, all in the cycle of life, is an archetypal symbol of hope.
The imagery of hope is striking. The dawn, the newborn baby animal, the dew on the grass, the unfolding leaf or bud, images of reunion and emergence all have a resonance with hope.
Hope isn’t about the certainty of change. Hope is a belief about the possibility of change. In holding on to hope, there is a part in us that connects with a sense that our relationship with what is painful or difficult can change. A notion of ‘passing through’ comes with that. We can’t move from despair to hope in one leap. We need to go through the darkness and murkiness of what is painful and difficult to connect with what hope offers.
Counselling is a lot about hope. In making the decision to come for help, we walk the tightrope between despair and hope. The pain of what we have become might be unbearable. The hope of what we may be sustains us and drives us to heal. In that sense, hope is about coming home to ourselves. We hold a sense that with renewal, change, we continue the journey to reconnect with our deepest needs and truths.
If you’d like to explore the possibility of change and the power of hope to re-connect with yourself with a professional counsellor in Totnes, Paignton and Newton Abbott, why not get in touch?
By Matt Fox – www.mattfoxcounselling.co.uk – Counselling in Totnes, Paignton and Newton Abbott