Do you ever find yourself embroiled in an ongoing drama you just can’t shake? Or perhaps you’re in a different time with different people but the same situation?
It’s easy to look at a familiar cast of characters and say “Why does this always happen to me?” The more powerful question is, “What role am I playing?”
This isn’t about self-blame. It’s about self-inquiry. Understanding how deeply identified you may be with a particular role then gives you the freedom to stop typecasting yourself. Only then can you shift the dynamic to something more favorable.
Water provides a perfect metaphor for the nature of life itself. It’s fluid and expansive and cannot be contained. To try and hold it is futile but allowing it to pass through, rather than grasp, can be cleansing.
Water is also instructive with regards to how one may optimally meet life. Do you allow yourself to be immersed and infused? Do you match its flow or do you fight against it? Do you make yourself rigid in order to restrict it?
Stifling its movement results in stagnancy. Take note that standing water can breed the undesirable as can a restrained existence. Both life and water teach us to remain fluid in order to flourish.
Through challenges, we test the limits of our courage and strength. However, we have a tendency to think of pain as the “best” teacher. What we are subconsciously telling ourselves is that, life must be hard if we are to learn anything.
While our painful experiences hold valuable lessons, pain does not have a monopoly on wisdom. The lessons you learn from joy can be just as transformative.
Pain inherently gets our attention, but with growing consciousness, one can remain attentive regardless of the state.
Remember, joy isn’t an empty reprieve. Wisdom resides there, too.
To feel empathy for another requires some level of connection.
Unfortunately, many of us look for that connection only at the level of identity. As a result, we can only extend “compassion” to those reminding us of who we used to be, who we are, and/or who we aspire to be.
We reserve it for those we consider equals. Individuals outside of those parameters receive pity at best and scorn at worst.
True compassion arises from the level of the soul. What is recognized is the shared humanity, not shared identity.
Authentic power is when the personality comes to serve the energy of the soul.” ~Gary Zukav
We don’t always feel powerful in our own lives. While some of us will choose to resign ourselves to that powerless state, others will overcompensate by throwing their weight around.
The latter is a misunderstanding of what constitutes real power. It is not a state that requires feeding off of another’s reserve. It doesn’t require submission and it need not victimize in order to achieve a short-lived fix.
Real power isn’t ravenous. It doesn’t beg for recognition. It has nothing to prove to anyone. In fact, it need not involve another party. It is moving through the world with the knowledge that you are deeply aligned with the Truth of who you are.
We tend to hold onto our beliefs tightly and when something comes up against them, we ignore it if we’re not willing to bend. We see what we want to see.
At the same time, we might be searching for clarity and direction in our lives while wearing this voluntary blindfold.
Seeing things selectively is never beneficial. We learn the most about ourselves when we face the things that challenge us. By hiding from these potential revelations, we undoubtedly obscure other aspects of our experience.
A kaleidoscope illustrates the unpredictable nature of life. In one moment, the vision before you quickly and mercilessly disintegrates; in the next moment, all is falling together in an unexpected way to create the most intricate, beautiful pattern.
As is life that with the slightest turn, we are oriented towards beauty once again.
Whether that turn is a shift in circumstance or a shift in perspective, wonder is restored.
The space in which you feel charged, alive, and invincible? This is the space where you feel competent and excited about your increasing capabilities. It may be performing center stage or painting in a private studio. It may even be within your 9-5. Wherever it is, it’s where you meet the truth of who you are.
Whenever you leave this space, you are rejuvenated and you vibrate at the core of your being. The experience revives each cell that has forgotten its intended reason for existence.
Unsure of what that space is? Simply set the intention to find it. Move towards what resonates and have the courage to claim it no matter how trivial or silly or unbelievable it may seem. Honor your longing. You have a right to this.