What happens when you take a fall?

You’ve just had a fall. An accident. You’re shocked, maybe even in need of medical attention.

After you’ve picked yourself up and attended to yourself as needed, you may start to wonder. What’s this all about?

I’ve fallen three times in the past month. While I don’t think any lasting damage was done, I’m still left bruised and shaken. There was something so innocuous about the way it happened each time—as if I had been simply swept off my feet. Each time it seemed like a simple bit of clumsiness. With consciousness I realized there is so much more to discover.


A fall gets my attention. It is a very physical action, shocking the system. I am stopped in my tracks. There is an internal demand: I need to pay attention, to look at what I am doing and how I am thinking.  A change in direction and a shift in perspective are needed.

The only way to determine what is needed is to stop, relax, breathe and ask questions.  Do you remember how you learned when crossing the street to stop, look and listen?  This is the same.

An accident of any kind can be the doorway to new awareness. Do your own inner research to uncover the message. Once the message is understood, you will feel yourself back in the flow.

Some questions to ponder:

What is important to know about what has happened?

Look at the areas of your life where flow is not happening.  Is there something you need to change?

What are the stumbling blocks in my life?

Is there something you must put into place to support a new alignment? 

Am I focused on what I need to do?

What do you require in this new time?  Is there something new to be put into place?

What do you need to shift in order to reconnect with the flow?

Have I overridden an awareness I had?  

Life gives you messages.  It is up to you to pay attention. Ask the questions. You will discover your next steps.


Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.

You may want to share something from this process. Sharing is an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It leads you to deeper insight. It stimulates action.

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2 Responses

  1. Your newsletter is well timed! I fell a couple of weeks ago and have badly broken my left shoulder in 3 places. I actually slipped as I was descending the bottom of part of a cliff. My reflections on the fall have proved illuminating, given that I had gone away as a respite from … well, let’s just say that rugs were being pulled out from under my feet. Next time I venture cliffside, I’ll take my metaphysical flying carpet! Being slowed down has its benefits.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that, Ann. Yet your willingness to take time in reflection makes all the difference. Sometimes being slowed down is the reason for a fall as much as the result. May you heal quickly!

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