Shiva is the third god in the Hindu triumvirate–Brahma is the creator of the universe, Vishnu is the preserver, and Shiva is the destroyer. It is said Shiva destroys the universe,
in order to recreate it.
I’m not an expert on Hinduism, but I’ve always been fascinated by the symbol of Shiva’s power–to destroy in order to recreate.
It’s the second part, the “recreate” part, that is so fascinating. Because it is true–in order to create, we must destroy. In order to step out of what we know, we must be willing to step into what we don’t. In order to live, we must die.
The Shiva within has always scared me. When I was younger and fresh out of a chaotic home, Shiva came alive and destroyed everything I had learned and knew. But from that rubble, I recreated me.
Sometimes in life, we all need to call up the Shiva within and bust through our own walls, to destroy all of the destructive shit we have learned in favor of learning anew; to destroy the relationship that chokes and create one that blooms; to quit that job that saps our energy and figure out what we really want/need to do; to break our hearts wide open so we can swell with love.
Sometimes we have to start fresh, decide, leap, obliterate, speak up, get out, break free, bust open, blow apart
in order to recreate.