This morning I logged onto Facebook and, there in my newsfeed, was a shared link from one of my favorite writers, Rob Brezsny, to an Onion article entitled "Open-Minded Man Grimly Realizes How Much Life He's Wasted Listening to Bullshit." I chuckled, clicked on it, and passed it on. It's perfect for my moment, albeit in an odd sort of way.
Although, on the surface, such a sentiment might feel cynical, like any good satire, it actually conveys a grain (or more!) of real truth. This past weekend I went on a writing retreat where I spent my time working on a piece that was largely about trying to hold onto oneself in the face of other people's projections, needs, and untruths. This theme has come up for me a lot lately, and I suspect that I'm not alone. We are living at a time when, vibrationally, everything is speeding up, and there is a very real level of urgency around the need to discover, hold, and ultimately operate from, our deepest Truths.
Lately it's occurred to me that most of us are aware of our Essence much more than we realize. We're tapped into it, but then we let a lot of proverbial static get in the way, from other people's agendas to our own niggling fears. At best we get distracted from this Truth; as worst, we abandon it. And, given that the Universe is governed by the law of cause and effect, there are consequences for our choices (even when they are unconscious!).
I have a very dear friend who was also on the writing retreat, and we've spent a great deal of time talking about this issue recently. Last night, as soon as I got home, I received a text from her. It said, "I've figured out my mission." When I called her to hear the revelation, she told me this: "I'm here to help put people in touch with their Higher Selves."
Indeed she is. This is a woman who has an absolutely beautiful and uncanny ability to lovingly support a soul's highest path. There is something magnificently clear about her that is devoid of ego in a way that is wildly rare. In the face of this individual, I am acutely aware of a truth by contrast: So much of the "love" that we routinely come into contact with is tainted by conditions. Although unspoken, most of the contracts go something like this: “I’ll love you as long as you don’t do anything that makes me uncomfortable,” or “We’re good as long as you don’t threaten my ability to feel safe and secure.”
People espouse concerns and ideas about what we “should” do all the time. Most often, such agendas are rife with egoic needs that are more concerned with ensuring comfort than they are with supporting our grander purpose. Think about it: How many times have you kept yourself small in order to make sure that someone else was okay? How many times have you betrayed your own knowing to avoid someone else’s discomfort?
Unconditional love is a tall order. And, since we’re not Buddhas, most of us are still working to actualize such magnanimousness. No matter – it’s a journey, after all. What I’m interested in, though, is how conditional love undermines the Greater Good as it works to preserve the status quo. Perhaps, with this realization, we might be inspired to take a more discerning look at our “stuff” in the name of helping to empower each other more deeply.
And so, with that, I am here to encourage you (a la my friend!) to heed the call of your Highest Self. Unfetter yourself from anything that doesn’t serve you. Be ruthlessly honest about where you stop and someone else starts. Be discerning when it comes to co-dependence versus Universal compassion. Vow to stay close to Truth so that you don’t wake up one day with the haunting epiphany that you spent too many years listening to whatever your personal version of “bullshit” might be.
Open your Third Eye and trust in your divine ability to see the Path, even amidst the reverberations of fear and doubt that threaten to cloud your Sight. May you find the courage, faith, and Love needed to companion that which is written within your Soul!