Following my earlier post about core topics on my novels, I decided to write today about the core theme in Ramblings of the Spirit. Although there are many themes throughout the novel, these are driven by one core theme – acceptance. I mentioned before that change is transformation, but before transformation takes place, acceptance must be present.
Acceptance just as change, is never easy. This is because when we come to the point (at a place in heart and mind) to accept, we have fought a battle (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually). If we are to receive growth and transformation, we must let acceptance in. Acceptance is very personal and different for individuals . Why? Because it draws from all the above mentioned (four) areas and prepares the person (the whole) to undergo transformation.
In Ramblings of the Spirit the theme of Acceptance is shown through different characters, but mostly through Dinorah Sandbeck, the main character. At one point or another in our lives, we will undergo change and transformation, and in between, lies acceptance. The battles that we fight in the four areas of our whole persona are fought at once, whether we realize it or not. Acceptance becomes the vehicle, the bridge towards transformation. When we learn to accept, we open these four areas to receive, and to receive what fits us at the moment of transformation. Acceptance does not equal resignation or giving up, on the contrary, it keeps us going so we can be transformed. When we accept, we view our situation with the eyes of understanding, knowledge, physical strength, and spiritual discernment – all leading to transformation.
I leave you with an excerpt from Ramblings of the Spirit (Book 1 of The Dinorah Chronicles). It is a good example of the senses and four areas engaged during transformation.
“The run there cleared my thoughts. I was ready to handle the consequences, for better or worse. The water was cold so I sat by the dock. The water had a purifying effect on my soul, always did. Every time I visited the lake, I felt renewed. The sound of the water hitting the canoes was relaxing, and the scent of dead leaves was intoxicating. I abandoned myself to the kiss of the sun and the coldness of the dying grass. The sky was crisp blue and a few clouds seemed to dance on it. All this magnificence surrounded me, and yet I felt so tiny inside. My heart was shriveled with pain, the pain and fear of …” – Dinorah Sandbeck.
6 thoughts on “Acceptance is Transformation”
Hmm, an abundance of apostrophes. Not a criticism. I’m always taking them out. You use gives a nice pace to your prose.
I think you mean quotation marks, and yes, I used them to differentiate between my text (on the blog post) and the excerpt (from the novel). In this case they have a purpose, although I could have just italicized the text and/or bold it. I try to avoid them as well. I used the parenthesis several times, also with a purpose. It explains what a complete sentence would have explained, except that in this case, I felt it was not necessary because it was obvious to the reader. I have to admit that I am comma happy, to the point of getting the reader comatosed. Blogging is a conversation to me. Many times, I blog as I talk. I am not sure if that is good or bad 🙂 I am glad that you enjoyed reading it.
Hi, glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Very inspiring. I loved it. Acceptance at four levels is a must for a complete transformation, I agree fully. The passage from the book is excellent.
Thank you for reading and I am glad that you enjoyed the post 🙂
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