to free (grain) from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, etc., especially by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a forced current of air to blow away ipurities.
to separate or distinguish (valuable from worthless parts) : to winnow falsehood from truth
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A sudden light transfigures a trivial thing, a weather-vane, a wind-mill, a winnowing flail, the dust in the barn door; a moment,- -and the thing has vanished, because it was pure effect; but it leaves a relish behind it, a longing that the accident may happen again
in flashes I see what I am becoming
By letting go -by standing in the face of the current and giving it free rein -by acquiescing to the whole
abandoning post and jumping with glad heart into the current of the openness
shaped by the cosmos -the forces
to be an adventurer in the way
at once winnowing and being winnowed
as she walked through the blast of the tempestuous currents of her life and into the clearing
the things that had lost value separated themselves from her and were left behind
like an action movie hero running from an explosion
the difference was that the chaff was imploding into the space behind her
so the way in front opened for her as she stepped into it
and though she had been and would continue to be battered and hacked away at by the winnowing flail
what remained standing would be tried and vetted
distinguished from the rest
she acquiesced to the winnowing -enjoyed it even -this time she would not cling to what was expected,
she would not cling to anything.
Now she remembered how to free fall.
Now she knew that she would relish in the setting free and like a child filled with wonder and curiosity
she spread her arms open wide and allowed the current free rein.
only in giving, only in surrender can we become who we are