If I work hard enough I’ll get there. If I earn that college degree, I’ll have my dream job. I have to be careful to do whats right…I don’t want to fuck up. God knows, if my life is shitty, it’s because I fucked up somewhere. It’s all my fault, right? After all…I am the one in control, right?…
Nothing needs to be added
Nothing needs to be taken away
Nothing needs to be changed
Hang on to your perfect imperfection… we’re counting on it.
When awakened by the “a ha” moment, we are aware of something that, just a moment ago, we weren’t conscious of. We didn’t need to make it happen, in fact we couldn’t have made it happen…like the automatic laugh at the end of the funny cat video. When we become aware that the object and the observation co-arise, we begin to let go of the need for control. We begin to see that it was never out of control, and right on time.
That’s called Transcendence.
You ARE the funny cat video.
Your body is literally made of stardust. The fact that it made it’s way to this place and time, just in time to be part of you, is miraculous.
You are perfect just the way you are, just as much
as anything in the cosmos. In fact, you ARE the cosmos.
you’ve already survived Hell fire.
And you’re still here.
We tend to hide scars as imperfections. This is in error, because scars come from conflict, and conflict gives birth to growth.
Scars are evidence of the willingness to engage the battle without backing down. Scars are a visible statement that says:
I am willing to engage, and I am committed to survival.
I will not go quietly.
Stage one, we see life in us/them terms. When the other doesn’t do what we like, we want them to change so that we can be happy. Not very effective life strategy, for sure.
Stage two, we realize the we are inextricably intertwined with the events of our lives, and the outcome depends on the meaning we attach to the event.
Stage three…we realize that, as stage two suggests, we must blend with the situation, but there also exists the possibility that the situation/person/event is really a reflection of ourselves, calling us to self reflect.
Stage four…knowing that both, and neither, are true.
There is a thin line between the insane and the genius. Both, in fact, are merely reference points; assessments done by other people. We often live our lives based on the opinions and expectations of other people.
Maybe we need to reassess what’s crazy,
living according to the rule of the herd and their collective opinion,
or walking you own path, however crazy.
Marcus Aurelius also wrote : “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Maybe crazy isn’t so crazy, and as you contemplate, know that Marcus Aurelius knew this…in the second century AD.
We often cringe at the glimpse of our shadow side
the flaws, the darkness…a cosmic mistake
that I didn’t ask for.
But if there’s a shadow, it also means
that the light is shining also, and the darker the shadow,
the brighter the light.
Give yourself a break. This shadow is your work, this time around.
Don’t hide from it…it is your path.
Don’t waste your time lamenting about the darkness that shouldn’t be there,
because the only way you wouldn’t have it,
is if you were totally submerged in darkness, and we all know that
nothing exists without its opposite, its analog.
It seems natural to seek the easy way out, to seek fairness, to frown at the looming darkness on the horizon. May we remember that all gain is preceded by conflict, and conflict is only given to Warriors.
Turn it around.
Run toward the flames.
Welcome the rain. Rise to the challenge, even if it kills you.
You’re a Warrior. It’s what you’re born for.
The storms should be fearing you.
When you act from a place of genuine abundance…abundance of happiness, success, and gratitude…even when all you see is darkness and all you hear negativity, magic happens. This is not to be confused with wishful thinking or “fake it till you make it”…it is action from a sincere knowing that one could not exist without the other; opposites co-define each other and so coexist. In fact, if it’s dark, that’s great…that means you’re very close to the light…