Thursday, October 27, 2016

A secret alchemy of our time

With your heart open, look carefully at the ways you habitually place others’ needs over your own… not out of genuine compassion for them, but as a re-enactment of an early environment of shame and unworthiness.

Become curious about this. No need to go on a rampage of self-aggression, shaming, blaming, and raging against yourself. Slow way down. Just be curious. And warm. And open.

Anchor yourself in the wish to know what is true more than anything. Feel the support of the seen and unseen worlds around you. And then open more. Even if you feel closed, open even to that. It is in this seeing that the seeds are planted for a new way, one that is encoded with attunement, creativity, and a fiery sort of kindness.

This is a compassion that is full-spectrum, willing at all times to integrate and make use of anger, rage, fear, jealousy, confusion, and all somatic energies, recycling them and using their raw material for the work of love. Nothing is discarded any longer. All is path. All is grace.

It is from this revolution of embodied, skillful kindness, that the seemingly solid distinction between self and other will reveal itself to be quite translucent.

Like a rainbow.

You can actually play inside this translucence, where taking care of self and taking care of other co-arise and dance in union. It is a secret alchemy of our time.

Photo credit: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, by Forrest Boutin