I believe growth happens between words and actions. That there is a golden space that connects meaning between the lines of our individual story – both our external story and the one that plays in our head – and how we show up in the world. As a preacher’s kid I associate this golden space with faith. A spiritual link that makes us whole. Not just whole individually but whole as a community.
Golden is when you’re reinforced unexpectedly for taking a leap. Golden is when answers appear in silence. Golden is “just what you needed” when you didn’t know you needed it. Golden is clarity on a path amidst darkness. Golden is an immediate “click” of a spontaneous connection. Golden is the unexplainable that we recognize when we feel it.
In spiritual circles, gold symbolizes “all that is” and “the master healer.” According to a website on color’s meaning, gold is “associated with higher ideals, wisdom, understanding, and enlightenment. It inspires knowledge, spirituality, and a deep understanding of ourselves and our souls. In terms of colors, golden is generous and giving, compassionate, and loving. It is a winner who shares wisdom, knowledge, and wealth with others. The color is confident and passionate. Lighter shades of gold are inspiring with brilliance, darker shades with depth, warmth, and intensity.”
While I historically kept my golden moments private, I’ve come to realize there is an energy about them. Sharing those moments amplifies the gold effect.
Which leads me to acorns.
What began as an au mage to my college mascot, Gladys the Fighting Squirrel, turned into more of a philosophy – You don’t need the big gesture; small actions and beliefs can root and grow strong. Or, as George Bernard Shaw said, “Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn. You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak.”
To me, this blog is about the integration of fierce golden energy, knowledge, and hard work to grow the acorns that matters most to each of us. Or, as Carl Jung wrote, “our main task is to discover and fulfill our deep innate potential, much as the acorn contains the potential to become the oak.”