CJ McPhee

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Transition–The Hidden Potential for Great Becoming

Having just returned to the United States after living in Germany for almost four years, the word transition comes to mind.  Reflecting on that word today conjures an image of a time earlier in my life while living in Honolulu.  I see myself floating on a corklike surfboard, slightly out of breath, sitting in the uneventful lull between waves, my legs dangling downward, soaking in tropical blue-green-clear liquid.  The ocean floor rests well out of reach but I dare not look down for fear of sharks.  Having succeeded in getting myself out there, beyond the breaking surf, I watch for the next wave, one that will not overrule my low skill level.  I can easily envision Hawaii’s natural beauty and I will never forget the unsympathetic strength of her surrounding currents.  In this moment as I write, I can imagine myself back in the Pacific Ocean, situated parallel to the beach, turning my gaze towards the shoreline as a means of momentarily distracting myself.  Land seems far away and I want to get there.  I envy that stretch of light gold sand and how each black lava rock and a collective of swaying lush palms accentuate her curves and lines.  She lays herself out, poised to receive a variety of sensations.  Some waves come in strong and hard.  She takes it.  Others roll in long and slow.  She is ever open to touch, no matter the type.  She entertains them all.   In fact, the mix of water, salt and movement brushing up against her causes a steady series of white splash laughs.  And I smile observing her nonchalant confidence, an attitude reminding me that waves are plentiful.  The corners of my mouth turning up as the tension in my shoulders drops away, I can feel that once held hostage energy in my upper back immediately releasing itself to ooze down the length of my body and out through my feet, sighing a steamy “hello” to the depths of the ocean in which my next wave will come.  But I don’t know the details of that unfolding yet.  I only know that there is potential to ride and for this I wait.  As that potential is gathering, sometimes I wait in fear of what lurks below me.  Sometimes I wait in anticipation of cooperative play, the kind of play that she invites oh so effortlessly.  I am referring to the quality of unfolding that happens mutually and beautifully between the elements of nature.


I’m asking myself now, “If I rush through this current life transition in a hurry to reach the shoreline, am I not diminishing my true nature, the part of me that cooperates with the rhythms of lull and ride, ebb and flow, slow and fast, soft and hard?  What would it be like to place equal value on transition and the visible productivity of action?  The one often feels like waiting for something to happen and the other looks like something IS happening?  But is one more valuable than the other?  It seems to me that they naturally complement each another.”


In transition I can float cork-like in trust or flail aimlessly in panic. Sharks love the flailing!  Perhaps the urge to plunge forward is more of a habit and less of a knowing.  Perhaps now is a time to breath in, let go more and sink into the lull between waves to honor the gathering of energy that is building up to fuel a new direction in my life.


What would you like to become next?  You can use transitions as an excuse to start fresh, redirecting yourself towards that which you want to become.


© Kumu Nalu, LLC  2013





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5 Responses to “Transition–The Hidden Potential for Great Becoming”

  1. carl patrick thinks:

    September 17th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    beautifully written and visually stimulating. you have a natural gift to paint such lush and beautiful pictures of life that makes one reflect on their own life and what direction or transitions lie ahead.

  2. CJ McPhee thinks:

    September 17th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you for reading, receiving and responding Carl. Wonderful to share with you!

  3. Ginni Price thinks:

    September 23rd, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Cj I am soaking in your words right now. Such a blessing and such a wisdom….

    Thank~you for sharing your creative energy. You remind me to just go with the flow like a cork on the surface. How relaxing and how exciting at the sametime!

    love and light,


  4. CJ McPhee thinks:

    September 23rd, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you Ginni. The cork reminds me now of the feather photo you put on facebook. Love that!
    Not exactly the same, but similar feel.
    love and light,

  5. Ginni Price thinks:

    September 23rd, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I like that Cj. One flows through the air current and the other through the water….

    light and love to you,



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