Saturday, July 15, 2017

Things are not always as they appear

When a disturbing feeling appears, it is not evidence that something is wrong with you, that you have failed, or that you are in need of healing.

The wavelike appearance of intense emotion, heartbreak, and the revelation of raw, tender vulnerability is not a sign that something has gone wrong. But that you are alive. While in a moment of activation it is not easy to see, the capacity to feel is sacred.

When you are triggered by a lover, a child, a family member, or friend, an opportunity for integration has been presented. While the heat, the claustrophobia, and the panic may be surging, you are on the threshold. What pathway will you take? In the middle place, between denial and fusion, a new world awaits.

Underneath the old stories of unworthiness, shame, blame, and rage, life is longing to make itself known. It will never give up. It is erupting with pure transformative energy and yearning for just one moment of your presence and holding. At times, this energy will take form as sadness or as despair. At other times as joy and rest. Still other times as rage, jealousy, grief, and bliss.

Love is a shape-shifter and will never limit the forms it will take in order to find you. Just look around and see.

As you travel on the path of the heart, you may be astonished as your emotional spectrum expands. Maybe there was once a dream that it would contract, that you would feel less, not care so much, and remain a detached witness of it all. But love will always ask us to know more of its forms, more of its children, more of its essence. Listen as a new call emerges, into the richness of feeling and embodiment, and into the luminosity, color, and textures of the sensual world.

In one moment of allowing ourselves to fall to the ground, to feel awe at the feast that has been laid out here, we will see that things are not always as they appear.

My new book – The Path Is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You – is now available 

The Way of Rest summer retreat – as of June 30 there are a few seats left