ch-03-istock-000004395601_thumbnail.jpg“It’s a long journey into my heart to find a new heart for you. Do you want to come with me?” This is the turning point in the spiritual allegory, “A New Heart for the Willow: The path of trust and surrender.”

It doesn’t matter who or what the willow tree symbolizes. We can relate to its anguish and emptiness when it says, “Inside of me it’s very dry. I have no more tears; I have no more laughter. I have no more dreams; I have no more heart.”

The most telling part of the Willow’s story is when it says, “I have never left the land. I don’t know how to let go of it.”

Where are you rooted? In the past? In the future? Any place other than in the present moment?

What are you holding on to? Grief? Anger? Abandonment?

What kind of thoughts are going through your mind? What kind of story is your ego writing for you? How well are you acting the part and not living out of your own true essence?

A busy mom and entrepreneur from New Jersey, Dana wrote: “This story is extremely relevant for me at this point in my life. Letting go and trust are the themes I’ve been working on, and I love the image of the tree letting go of its roots, trusting, and allowing itself to be totally engulfed by loving energy. I imagine this story every day now, as I’m dealing with letting go of the past and moving forward!”

Read this story and 12 more spiritual allegories with reflections and journaling exercises in Pathways: Tales for the Spiritual Seeker.

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Janice M. Puta
Author of Pathways: Tales for the Spiritual Seeker
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