Good and beautiful things within you long to be birthed…maybe just not yet. They need gestation.

They are on a schedule of their own. They will not be hurried. They will not comply. They will frustrate all your attempts to compel. And in the end, they will make their way into the world when they are good and ready.

Gestation by ego’s measure is most often too long. But, by soul’s measure, the length of the waiting and making within, before what is being created shows on the outside, is ever just right. (Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul)

Your deepest, truest, most good and beautiful places within require and deserve your kindness, your nurture, your most diligent care, and your patience. Attempts to force or induce are ultimately futile, if not harmful. It’s the waiting itself that brings about growth, readiness, and eventual birth.

Angel midwives congregate around us; they assist as we give birth to ourselves, to that person we were born to be, to the one whose destiny was encoded in our soul…(Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles)

Gestation means waiting.

Labor means hell.

Both are required and neither are in your control.


So this is the key: acknowledge that the good and beautiful things you most deeply long for and desire to bring forth are bigger than you are, will not succumb to your whims or your wheedling, and will be more miraculous and amazing than you could have ever imagined.

Allow gestation. Endure labor. And watch with amazement what you can deliver – completely naturally, perfectly on time, and screaming with passion.