Imagine what our world would look like and feel like if doing the work of becoming the best versions of ourselves was cherished as much as making cars or institutions.
I think about this kind of thing often, because I prioritize the work of becoming the best Me I can become. Every moment is a joyful expression of me… even when I’m feeling rather angry. It’s all pleasure!
Imagine how your life would be different if you felt like you were able to simply enjoy every emotion you feel. Even the “bad” emotions.
What if there were no “bad” emotions? What if all emotions were embraced as valid and necessary, without condemnation or shame?
Being an intuitive “healer” (I really do use that word lightly), I have always gravitated toward the more morose and downright problematic aspects of life. I once considered that a trauma response and I don’t doubt that there was something to that evaluation. But, it was also part of the work we all do of creating balance.
Homeostasis is the natural order of things for humanity. When I am full of positivity and light and am drawn to negativity and darkness, that is just as much about life balancing out as it is a symptom of unresolved issues within me. Who among us is without the unresolved issues? Who among us is without personal negativity and darkness?
We need more than just light to live; we need darkness. It is the natural way of things. That’s why folks who practice spiritual bypassing annoy us. We want them to own the darkness, not just walk around blinded by the light. And, blinded they are.
Perhaps, though, that is also just part of the balance. What if the folks who are deeply immersed in the delusion of only seeking light are simply balancing out the folks deeply immersed in the delusion of only seeking darkness?
Everyone is doing their work, even if we don’t acknowledge it. So, why not acknowledge it?
Maybe thank the folks you know who are doing intentional, intensive work to better know themselves. We don’t have to wait for capitalism to throw money at us for us to acknowledge the real work of life.
Maybe thank the folks you know who are avoiding the intentional work to better know themselves. They are also part of the beauty of this life.
Maybe thank the folks you know who are doing their work in ways you despise or disagree with. They, too, are significant to the balance of life.
Work is work. Thank you for (not) doing yours.
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