In an inclusive embrace of life - right inside the messy, shadowy, nether regions of the psyche - we are invited to meet the wholeness that we already are, which includes the dark and the light, the activity of separation and union, and the entirety of what it means to be an fragile, sensitive, and powerfully vulnerable human being. Paradoxically to the mind, but in ways the heart and the body know natively, inside the core of the vulnerability is a certain non-ordinary gold, a jewel that is found only there.
Awakening is not only a creative process, but a destructive one as well, and love appears to be equally ready to employ either energy in the fulfilling its mission here. What that mission is we can never know in a second-hand manner, but only by way of primary experience, bearing witness to the numinous as it pours through us and into the relative world.
As we look carefully, beyond the veil just a bit, we may sense something longing to emerge out of the mess and the chaos, surging up from the dark, rich soil of the body and out of the earth itself. Right out of the core of our deeply embedded sense of unworthiness, disconnection, and loneliness. Spinning even out of our moments of anxiety, hopelessness, and despair.
But will we provide a home for it when it arrives? An attuned holding space in which it can unfold and illuminate the path ahead? Or will we contract from it, pathologize and seek relief from it, and move quickly back to stable ground? Of course it is kind to take care of ourselves in whatever ways we are able, and to bring relief and ground at times when that is possible. But there is another invitation, one that is more alchemical in nature: to turn into the symptom, the emotion, the image, and the vision, and to discover the wisdom that is buried therein.
While we may long more than anything for the high-voltage aliveness that underlies the path of the heart, a part of us may always remain a bit unsure, as we sense the implications of living in this new way, and what will truly be asked of us… which is everything. But perhaps you have been sent here to this particular place, to this one lonely star out in the middle of the vast expanse, to embody this love and this wisdom and this attunement so that beings everywhere may come to know their true nature.
Art by Eric Vasquez
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