Take a moment and consider the changes that occur when a thunderstorm ends a drought. The earth is dry, crops are not growing, people and animals are hungry, and water sources are running low. Then, the rain begins, the thunder rumbles at a distance, people and animals move towards shelter. We breathe a little deeper, and so do the plants. Lightening strikes, the rains begin, and then it is pouring. At first the water runs off the dry crusted ground, but then it becomes saturated and sinks down to the root beds. The storm eventually ends, and a rainbow returns chasing the sun. The rains cause the plants to grow, and the worms to come to the surface, feeding the robins. Within one day, we can see the plants grow bigger, and now they are a deeper more succulent shade of green. The people and the animals benefit as well, because now there is more food.
A thunderstorm encapsulates a natural transition and the effects of the storm cascade outwards influencing everything in its path. Everything is changing all the time, but some changes are more influential than others. Under the right circumstances energy has the ability to pivot before stabilizing in a new direction, like in the example of the thunderstorm. Events that cause a shift in direction hold more of a charge, and these are the changes that stand out to us. They are of significance because shifting direction releases energy, and that energy ripples outwards into the world. This is what makes times of transition the most potent opportunities for us to harness energy and use it for our benefit. Consider how a windmill moves and generates power by taking advantage of the force of the wind. We too can use natural forces to fuel us. After all, the energy is already being released; we only need to learn how to tap into it, instead of letting it pass us by.
Written by Sijie Jessie Zsolt