The Void, Ravens, Neuroplasticity


The call of the void.

In turbulent times, we embrace the unknown. It’s the endless expanse behind your closed eyelids.

Ancient wisdom understood the color black to mean the search for answers, the formlessness where all that is not yet in existence exists. The ability to dive headfirst into uncertainty can breed fear, and it gives us freedom. Can we recognize that both are valuable? Can we embrace formlessness and shape our reality?

Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor, author of My Stroke of Insight and stroke champion, says this—

“When you pay attention to what’s going on in your own brain…. and take responsibility for the circuitry you’re running, you make the rules of a new game…It’s true freedom.”

The truth is we have much more control over our own minds than we think. Neuroplasticity, the malleable nature of our minds, gives us the chance to rewire any patterns that we have developed. This is the magic of the void. When we accept responsibility for what’s going on in our minds, we have the opportunity to create whatever it is we can dream up.

What’s horrifying to realize are all the barriers and obstacles we’ve dreamed for ourselves. Perhaps, no one ever actually told you that you can’t earn a certain amount of money, or that you are worthless without your attachment to a significant other. And still, we form beliefs, out of seemingly nothing.

So, how do you rewire your brain?

  1. Meditate every day {try my 6-minute guided meditation at the bottom of this post}.

  2. Try new things. Make a master list of new things to do, especially ones that push you outside your comfort zone. Get comfortable with discomfort!

  3. Subvert your patterns—use the non-dominant hand, take the high road, play Devil’s advocate with yourself. When you judge others, note what aspect of yourself you are judging.

  4. Call on the magic of the Raven.

Raven magic is a powerful medicine that can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form… The blue-black of Raven contains an iridescence that speaks of the magic of darkness, and a changeability of form and shape that brings an awakening in the process.
— Medicine Cards, Jamie Sams and David Carson

What unknowns are you embracing?