How to Become Open and Willing to Change

By Joyce Dillon, RN, MN

The Greek goddess Hecate reminds us of the importance of change which helps us to release the past, especially those things that are hindering our growth, and to accept change and transitions. Sometimes she asks us to let go of that which is familiar, safe, and secure, and to travel to the unknown, scary places of the soul. She may take us into the dark underworld of illness, loss, crisis or near death so we can emerge from the darkness more awake and transformed.

Recently, I had an encounter with the lessons of Hecate that propelled me into the underworld of darkness and fear. I was driving home two weeks ago in Atlanta’s afternoon traffic when I was caught in the middle of a shooting and its resulting police chase, and ultimately collided with a car whose driver had just murdered someone a few minutes before.

Why did this happen? Why did I draw this into my life?

As my car careened up on the sidewalk, I could feel my body being protected by a dense energy field. I knew I was not leaving my body at this time.

When the police came to my car, they were amazed I had not been hurt. As I got out of my blue Miata, I knew my life had changed. I didn’t know how at that moment yet I was so grateful I was still alive.

Through grace I had been spared.

After many hours of inquiry, healing work, meditation and crying, I slowly realized that this crisis had caused me to awaken even more fully to my divine potential self and to go down into the darkness to free myself of this energy. It had enabled me to make a “jump in time” or an evoluntionary, conscious shift.

We are all in the process of experiencing evoluntionary shifts. These shifts can come through meditation, visions, sacred medicine plants, prayer and/or the energy field that surrounds us. These shifts may be masked as an illness, a loss of a spouse, loss of employment, depression, anxiety or any kind of crisis or trauma. These life challenges often help us to slow down and experience our precious life more fully.

To make change, you must be willing to be open to change. Also, you must be honest with yourself in order to understand the truth which the lesson is trying to awaken you to experience.

Hecate meets you at the crossroads when you must make a change.

Times of choice and change are not easy! They require us to have great faith and a vision of hope for the future of mankind.

Have you been putting off making a choice because it seems too overwhelming or a “no win” situation?

Does the choice create fear of the unknown? Does it seem better and/or easier to remain with what you know?

Sometimes a choice must be made, but you are not ready.

  • If you are not ready to make that leap, simply acknowledge that and let go.
  • Trust that you will be able to make a choice when the time is right.
  • Don’t push yourself or blame yourself.
  • Release your desire to know the answer or the outcome.
  • Sit quietly, close your eyes, relax and allow clarity to reveal itself

© 2012 Joyce Dillon, RN, MN

Joyce Dillon, R.N., M.N. founder of a coaching, personal development and travel retreat company that coaches aspiring women and men to manifest their life passion, purpose and destiny. 404-824-7332, or

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