Where are you in the Universal Cycle of Change?

We don’t have to look much farther than the events of the past year to consider how change has impacted each of us. We may find ourselves thinking about our lives in terms of “before,” that is, before we all plunged into the strange new realities of a global pandemic, and “after,” to a place where we are now considering the future.

It might be comforting, and productive, to take a few steps back and view our experiences through the lens of a theory called the Universal Cycle of Change.

This theory purports that there are seven distinct cycles of change that we experience multiple times throughout our lives. Understanding these cycles, and being aware and working in concert with them, could lead to greater life harmony and professional success. Much like the seasons and other patterns we see in nature, the Universal Cycle of Change is inevitable and necessary to encourage rebirth, growth, creativity and self-awareness.

These cycles are:

  • Creation
  • Growth
  • Complexity to Maturity
  • Turbulence
  • Chaos
  • Releasing and Dropping Off
  • Meditation and Dormancy

Kris Hallbom, a professional coach and trainer, has written extensively on the Universal Cycle of Change. She says:

“Human beings are the only ones that resist these natural cycles of change. Keep in mind that when you don’t allow yourself to drop off whatever needs to be released in your life, you are essentially going against several billions of years of evolution. It’s not natural to hang on to those things or situations that are no longer serving you.”

If we can identify which cycle we are in and allow ourselves to understand it and work in concert with these phases, as opposed to going against them, we will keep evolving and changing for the better.

The last 12 months probably brought some of us face-to-face with turbulence or chaos but, on the upside, we might notice that we’re starting to feel like ourselves again with a welcome spark of new energy and creativity. Many of us enjoyed some rest and introspection as we cycled through meditation and dormancy, and are now thinking about new professional endeavors, developing a new passion project or even enjoying a hobby that had long been forgotten in the grind of “before.”

The thing to remember is that these cycles help us to nurture and develop new dimensions of ourselves as we release things that no longer serve us.

–Lisa S