The ancient Toltec tradition of spiritual recapitulation can help you to step out of your identity. This is because the mask is mostly formed on beliefs that solidify during key life moments. At these times, some of the true self is lost. The idea of recapitulation is to get some of it back- to locate where it was left.
Given that most people will have spent more time living as their identity than not it’s a good idea to reintroduce yourself to the person you once were and would like to be again. To do that, you need to become acutely aware of the identity- where it stops and where you begin.
Try to step our of every interaction you have and see the big picture. Soon, a pattern will emerge and you’ll start to notice warning signs to indicate when you’re being your identity, rather than your true self. Try to stop it in its tracks, realign with your inner child, laugh more, be kind, show love and pay attention.
when seasons turn, we get a glimpse of how we actually are……then we have a choice….
inquiry for today~ it’s ok to be wistful, uncomfortable, and unsure……live well anyway…..
On the tiny limestone island
an angel buzzes to Gobnait
in a dream, disrupts her plans,
sends her in search of nine white deer.
She wanders for miles across
sea and land until at last
they appear and rather than
running toward them
she falls gently to wet ground,
sits in silence as light crawls across sky,
lets their long legs approach
and their soft, curious noses surround her.
Breathing slowly, she slides back
onto grass and clover and knows
nothing surpasses this moment,
a heaven of hooves and dew.
Is there a place for each of us,
where we no longer yearn to be elsewhere?
Where our work is to simply soften,
wait, and pay close attention?
She smiles as bees gather eagerly
around her too, wings humming softly
as they collect essence of wildflowers,
transmuting labor into gold.
~Christine Valters Paintner