It was the last time I did some energy work with Mandy, that I kept seeing images in my head of bridges collapsing. They were arched and ornate and they broke apart in the middle and fell into the water below them, or they silently exploded, flying into the air. Half a black bridge came hurling towards me, like in a 3D movie, but before it got to me it turned into a white orb and floated by.
There’s no symbolism here, I thought afterwards, the message is clearly about “burning my bridges.” As in the old saying “Don’t burn your bridges”. But my visions weren’t scary. It didn’t feel like a warning, but an affirmation like, sometimes it’s good to burn your bridges.
There are these saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and “One in the hand is worth two in the bush” and “Don’t burn your bridges”. And while I’m sure there’s some wisdom to them, they’re all fear based. They’re basically saying be careful and don’t take any risks. And although I don’t think of them a lot. I realized they are there in the back of my mind, waiting for me to step out of myself, to break out of some old beliefs, so they can pounce. Even if you’re not afraid now, they are saying to me, you will regret it later.
But what if, instead of blindly listening to these old sayings that are rattling around in my head, I trust my own instincts instead. What if I decide, like my visions seem to be saying, that there are some bridges that I want to burn. What if there are some places and situations I don’t want to return to or some people I no longer want to be friends with.
I guess my epiphany is not so much about a specific saying, but my idea that these sayings are absolute. Sometimes it’s good to be cautious, but sometimes the only way out is to burn the bridge behind you and run for your life.
The words to my wall hanging Burning Bridges are:
Coming to a dream
I landed on a star
I burned some bridges
to get this far
Burning Bridges is Sold
for sale. It’s $125 + $10 shipping. If you’re interested in it just email me at email@example.com. I take checks and paypal.