Transforming Fear to Joy

Purification Precedes New Beginnings—Not There Yet!

Most reliable health sources tell us we are not at the end of COVID 19, and the consequence of reducing physical distancing means an increase in reported cases. The rush for economic results has already proven this warning to be true. As those of us vested in healthy transformation know too well, you cannot rush the purification process. It travels on its own timetable, and all each of us can do is watch, listen and respond when emerging possibilities arise. WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL.

Although we may wish for the end of this pandemic, it is clearly not in sight. Thus, it stands to reason we are even farther from a new beginning. Until we safely and consciously pass through the purification process necessary for COVID to run its natural course, the occurrence of new outbreaks will continue.

In the cycle from beginnings to endings, the most challenging stage is where all the learning occurs deep in the ditch of doubt. Figuratively and literally, we are purifying ourselves of the dis-ease of fear. Until our fear is conquered, we cannot see through the new lens required for a new course of action.

As I pondered COVID’s purification process, I wrote the following poem.


Beginnings portend of a blank slate,
a time of renewed choices where one
opts for the existing or invents anew. 

Fate and destiny collide catalyzing
the fine balance of co-existence.

Will we once again accept the uncertainty
of Life’s emerging mystery, and form
with our choices, a meaningful destination? 

Or, will we succumb to fear-based panic
and circle the drain while 
grasping desperately to what was?

Always, and yet still surprisingly,
purification opens up a new view. 

Knowingly, the old must be deselected
so body, mind and soul can freely
find their new home and hearth. 

New expressions, new vibrations, new friends
burst forth on this awaiting blank slate
while Life’s deeper mysteries unveil us. 

We are becoming lighter …
what is happening to us
is happening to everyone. 

March 2020

May we embrace Earth’s purifying powers. Namaste.

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Author: Helen Maupin

Helen is passionate about transforming fear into love — from her, for her, for all. She expresses her commitment to transformation through writing poetry, self-awareness and yoga books, co-designing organizations into adaptive enterprises and deepening her daily meditation and yoga practices.


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