Because sometimes this happens- by grace- an unearned blessing that takes our breath away. We can do our work, become conscious of the things that drive us, but we can’t make these moments of real and liberating awareness happen. They are a gift. And yes, sometimes we go back to sleep- although never quite so completely as we once did, and even a moment of putting down the burdens that are not part of our body or our being makes the day brighter and the journey lighter. ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer
we sometimes overlook the ways in which we show up, thinking we are this, and really we are that…..and all parts of us are essential…….
inquiry for today~ where are shadows lurking? what have you missed? tucked behind closed doors?
We live in a time of the dissected soul, the immediate disclosure; our thoughts, imaginings and longings exposed to the light too much, too early and too often, our best qualities squeezed too soon into a world already awash with too easily articulated ideas that oppress our sense of self and our sense of others. What is real is almost always to begin with, hidden, and does not want to be understood by the part of our mind that mistakenly thinks it knows what is happening. What is precious inside us does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence.
Hiding is an act of freedom from the misunderstanding of others, especially in the enclosing world of oppressive secret government and private entities, attempting to name us, to anticipate us, to leave us with no place to hide and grow in ways unmanaged by a creeping necessity for absolute naming, absolute tracking and absolute control. Hiding is a bid for independence, from others, from mistaken ideas we have about our selves, from an oppressive and mistaken wish to keep us completely safe, completely ministered to, and therefore completely managed.
Hiding is creative, necessary and beautifully subversive of outside interference and control. Hiding leaves life to itself, to become more of itself. Hiding is the radical independence necessary for our emergence into the light of a proper human future. ~David Whyte