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Updated: Jan 9, 2021

The word “spiral” has come to have such a deep and impacting meaning for me. It does so, in how it relates to navigating the journey of life.


So often, we get caught up in believing that we’re not progressing the way we had hoped, or along the timeline we had anticipated. We fool ourselves into believing we’re lost, stuck, or worst yet, feeling a sense of doom, when we’ve been dealt a bad hand.

While such predicaments can certainly feel true and cause us a lot of pain, I believe them to be a fallacy, in that they are based on our conditioning of how we were taught to view our circumstances. But a shift in perspective can truly change what we’ve come to believe as truth, and ultimately, awaken us to see the other side.

We can assert that life is most certainly not a straight line. In fact, it has many highs and lows. Then, we must also assert that it is crucial for us to be vigilant in remembering to trust the route, especially during the low points.

Hermann Hesse wrote in his book, Siddhartha, “We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral.” So that, what may feel like a lack in movement or a setback is merely an illusion. That any hardship is not intended to hinder, but, in fact, to trigger us to tap into our power and persevere. It is a means of delivering us towards reaching a full circle, to graduate and advance us to the next level in life, better and stronger.

We are here to experience life. This upward spiral symbolizes that, and our expansion. That with every ring, a greater sense of awareness and a strengthened capacity is established, beyond what we are willing to see.

So you see, we are on our way. And always have been. Trust the route. We are going upwards. The path is a spiral.

This photograph was taken back in September 2017 of the beautifully suspended stairwell at Barneys New York in Chelsea. I made a trip out to New York, specifically to photograph this stunning masterpiece, designed by architect Steven Harris. It did not disappoint; just a little saddening now that the store is permanently closed.

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