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Audience of One


As a personal self, I am very invested in the success of my words as they show up in the world.  This over-investment in outcomes weighs so heavily on me sometimes my pen becomes too heavy to lift to the paper.  This is when my fear wins and the words stay cloaked inside me and they do no good for anyone.

First things first, I have to honor my personal self’s investment in her writing success.  She was taught over and over in endless ways that what she does is more valuable than who she is.

I have to forgive her for that and then push her forward.  She has to push through rejection, countless unpaid projects and often deafening silence that greets her soul-baring essays.

There is a lot of noise in resistance.

Once I have pushed her through all of that we come to a place of purity where the words flow and heal the writer.

I do not know if she will ever let go of succeeding, but I never want that to impede the true purpose of her writing….

to heal herself.

If we only meet ourselves in the world, then any healing she finds in herself will lead all of us together further down the path of our Great Awakening.

Rejoice in Where You Are

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

-Lao Tzu

While I deeply admire the teachings of the Tao and Lao Tzu, this particular nugget of wisdom used to make me so angry.  How in the world could I feel content when the way things were frankly sucked.  No matter how many times I ‘centered’ myself or listened to the stillness within, every time I opened my eyes and surveyed the landscape of my life, there was much to be unhappy about.  I was far from rejoicing.  I was hopeless.  A hopeless, hapless individual who was incapable of contentment.

The world would never belong to me.

My spiritual path has led me in many different directions.  As I uncover pockets of peace, I open to new ways of looking at the world.  Any one of us has the capacity to ‘be content with what we have’.  It isn’t a matter of loving our circumstances, it’s learning to accept them exactly as they are.  When you stop fighting what is, you become walking, talking freedom.  You don’t have to be Buddha, Jesus or Lao Tzu to do this.  You only have to be open to a new way of perception.

It all comes down to where you believe your experience of the world originates.

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”

-Carl Jung

I have found when I believed the outside world causes my pain, I am without hope.  When I let go of the world and my expectations for it, even if it’s only a tiny sliver, that is when healing alights and washes over me.

Using logic I will never find contentment.  Using soul-judgment I am reassured that all is exactly as it needs to be.

It doesn’t matter if the world belongs to me or not.

Let the rejoicing begin.