Living in empathy, creativity and intuition offers a great solace, divine connection and the grace of compassion. Yet living in the light doesn't come without it's own shadows. Sometimes, the light actually enhances the shadow presence in the world and within our own being.
We are compassionate, gracious, forgiving, helpful, generous and supportive. We dance an inspired dance, celebrating our personal accomplishments and reveling in the successes of those around us, embracing the connections that illuminate our lives and choosing to focus on the good in the world around us.
And then the shadow comes at us.
Surfacing as ghosts, demons, angry parents or gods in our minds: judgmental, righteous, condescending or downright cruel. Or they show up as jealous friends, combative strangers or fierce competitors. Whatever body they take on, they go against all that we aspire to, all that we see as good and that which we least want to attract or project in our light-bearing existence. And yet, as much as we do not want these experiences, they are in our faces, pushing buttons we don't want to have or dredging up feelings of inadequacy, frustration and unhappiness.
The negative energies are strong and with them our light can begin to flicker. We question ourselves, our choices, our unique place in this world and the direction of our work. Because of our empathic nature, we ingest the force of the shadow side and lose focus or question the strength that lives within our souls.
What brings these forces at us and what do we do with them so we don't lose the momentum of our personal light work? Some interpret these forces as karma, consequence, curse or just plain bad luck. Others see it as a result of being "different," the cost of rocking the status quo boat or the resistance necessary to change the world. While each may hold a bit of truth, what I see behind any of the conflict are the beliefs we hold as true. For years I've said "we all get to be right in life and in death." The universe will only give us what we see as truth, what we believe is real.
In the fast shifts taking place with humanity, the intensity of connection has increased, the pace of life is quicker and the impact on our senses is deeper. We cry more often, we attract or repel with more contrast, we feel "in" or "out" more distinctly and the forces that question our personal truth seem to be louder than ever. When we are out of harmony with the light we seek, it feels more painful and our reactions can be more intense.
The world outside us, the input of people and situations, can be a guiding force. While it can be perceived as positive or negative, what we feel is just energy, offered for the creation our life according to our own vision. No longer are those around us the mirror of our thoughts. Connections may be arise on our path purely for distinction and choice: yes, they feel like my tribe and I want to hang with them or no, that's not my scene anymore and I will leave them to their own style of being.
Those who are cruel or critical of our choices do not show up to steer us in a different direction and are not always a projection of our thoughts and doubts. Sure, some of their opinions may mimic our fears, hurts or perceived shortcomings, but they merely are an intersection being offered on the road of our personal journey. The roads we choose to follow are in alignment with what we believe we can navigate, a power more influential than any other force or opinion offered.
So, while others can offer up all kinds of judgements and potential detours, we choose consistent with what we believe is possible. When we choose only from the physical and mental perspective, we can only imagine from what we already know. When we choose from the light that we are committed to carrying, from infinite love, we imagine and create a greater reality from almost magical intention.
We are not here to fix the flaws or shortcomings of others, even if we are in their line of fire. We ARE here to adjust our own trajectory so that their fire cannot redirect us. So, the next time an outside force causes us to question ourselves or our path, the only thing to do is continue to choose what is right for us: from the infinite potential of light, not from force or reason or self-limitation.
As enlightenment and soulful evolution continue to accelerate, we can expect to feel contrast with others as a way of discernment, of choosing to live from our personal light and for deeper alignment with the journey of our spirit. While it may not feel good in the moment, choosing to walk as a light being in any situation creates more light on the path ahead.
I wish you a light filled journey and peace in the choices you face.
~ blessed be ~
Thoughts on everyday Mysticism & the magic that permeates life when we think we aren't looking~
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