"The world is a stage," a play where we're all merely actors on the world's stage. While each of us enter and exit this world uniquely, we come in birth and leave in death -- with time in the middle to hopefully live purposely.
Unfortunately we're not all trained actors and lack the discipline for truly understanding our part. Unlike talented, professional actors, we lack the capacity to focus and are often unaware of how to use our energy, especially with others. A skilled actor is keenly aware of how his part functions relative to the whole. Professional performers recognize that people are desperate to be impressed and are willing to perform passionately in order to serve this need and satisfy our collective longing to connect, to express, and to feel good. An artistic performance invites us to forget our worries long enough to become present and "enjoy the show."
"Real" life is not easy. We can't afford to keep playing along, investing in another's performance, without it eventually taking a toll. At some point, we must pay the price. Without noticing and taking responsibility for our own energy, we fail to reap benefits -- we can't keep investing irresponsibly. Lacking the ability to sense our energy can cause us to lose power and may result in mental, emotional, and physical dis'ease.
By investing in the past (giving our energy to a traumatic childhood, divorce, etc.) we receive dividends from the history of our wounds, attracting only energy that repeats our past trauma. Everyday we'll find something to remind ourself of that trauma. But to realize the past has no pay off and to decide to invest in something more wisely, something with principal that will pay out -- is when we start to see a dividend a day -- maybe it's meeting like-minded people, stumbling upon ideas that apply to our new vision and passion, or messages that seem to come out of nowhere -- Spending wisely is choosing to spend on present time and is the key to becoming a responsible investor.
Learning how to create a practical budget is good practice, but is not so easy to do for a lot of us and it's even more difficult to follow once we set it up. We learn or inherit many of our habits according to how we grew up. Despite our differences, everyone is intuitive by nature. The drawback is that many of us lack the self-esteem necessary to follow our "gut" in order to do what's best for us.
Just as we're not all born with a huge bank account, we're not born with self-esteem, but, instead, must learn how to get it. It should be the obligation of our parents to teach us how to love ourselves and how to love others but that's not always the case.
Only with self esteem can we muster strength, willingness to follow our hunches, and courage to make changes that reflect faith in ourself. Only with self-love can we decide to truly act. In theory, we all possess the potential to act, but theory cannot heal us, only action can.
Literature, movies, music; art in general, is the "voice of teaching." Artistic expression occurs when our energy is divinely guided. Channelled creativity comes to those with the ability to tune in, to focus, and to listen intuitively. But tuning inwardly is a battle in a world where we're so conditioned to think we can only see using our five senses. We only believe it if we can see it, taste it, feel it, smell it, or hear it. If not, it's not real. So in order to cope, we develop a scale of sorts -- we assess things along the lines of what we consider to be powerful or not -- based on how big it is or how hard it is to achieve. Anything small is powerless and things less subtle should probably be thrown out entirely.
This reasoning is likely why most of us tend to "think big," "looking to the stars" as idols. Stars have achieved great success, live big, shine brightly generally with a large bank account and large amounts of energy and magnetism.
We tend to convince ourselves that creative genius belongs exclusively to someone "special." So "shooting for the stars" may not be possible for us -- instead we make excuses. As a matter of fact, we can hold on to our past trauma as a reason for not doing anything with our dream. After all, doing anything less than or small, according to belief, may not be recognized as valuable or worthwhile.
Living through others is a way to protect ourselves from trying, in fear we may fail -- but more so -- in fear we might succeed! Excuses serve to protect us from acting and keep us blaming and frustrated. Frustration and fear inhibit our creativity, stifling our need to express ourselves. Fear keeps us from realizing our highest potential -- from being able to listen to our intuition in order to make intuitive, clear choices -- Fear is paralyzing us from stepping into power.
Instead, we give our power to the "stars" whom we're so naturally drawn. We vicariously live through "stars" because they exude such light, the light we fail to own for our self. We may choose to remain powerless, to live in chaos, because we're not ready. We not ready to realize our highest potential so we stay busy bullying ourselves and others.
Some of us have a habit of "biting off more than we can chew" purposefully. Thinking BIG overwhelms and sabotages action Thinking without acting -- reminds me of New Year's resolutions -- thinking I want a drastic change (to lose weight, eat healthy, new career) I hastily look to the final outcome without the willingness and patience to take things step by step. I think too big and overwhelm myself. I sabotage my choice . . . consciously or unconsciously . . . because I'm not ready. I lack the focus and present moment energy needed to take appropriate action.
But we forget. We're all self-intuitive, fully equipped with the tools necessary to see through the fog. We all have the ability to recognize our energy and to focus energy accordingly. We simply lack this focus and awareness to make clear choices because we're not ready to act. The ego knows this and keeps us in protective healing -- keeps us "safe" until we're better equipped to move forward. Essentially, it keeps us distracted until we're ready to say that we've had enough.
This is called revolt. A revolution occurs after years of build up. This type of action is not spontaneous. Drastic change has been a work in progress -- sometimes for an entire lifetime. There is no such thing as an overnight success! Those who appear to have achieved immediate "star"dom weren't just lucky. We tend to overlook passion, intention, discipline, hard work, and determination because it's easier believing that another's fortune is the result of being lucky, rich, spoiled, inherited, and so forth -- because our wounded self or ego needs us to believe this.
Real change is the result of dreams, hopes, and desires that have been accumulating and marinating for years. It's our willingness to act on these desires that brings about the "straw that breaks the camel's back!" It can be the smallest thing that triggers us to revolt. The smallest, most unexpected, senseless incident can make us scream, "I can't take [this] anymore" and really mean it! Revolt is what we must do if we want to enter into the next stage, the stage of self-discovery.
Readiness is relative. We can't enter into self discovery if we're not prepared to go there. God is in control of our triggers and He knows when we're ready. He's constantly sending us our messages. Some subtle, some more obvious. Regardless of their size, we can't quite see the signs when we're still operating from ego or with fear. We can't hear our intuitive messages urging us to pray more or to take more time for ourselves. Everything falls on deaf ears when we're masquerading as a wounded victim.
Pain wants a quick fix. We cling to beliefs and the consequential emotional baggage and blame; it's easier to blame "them" when it doesn't work out. It's easier paying a street psychic to hear what we already know instead of asking ourselves. While the charlatan gets rich off of guessing one of the three things common to the human experience: to feel good, to find love, and how to find our fortune, a clear intuitive could save precious time and money and truly direct the way. But this comes from a very different place altogether; this is Guidance from a whole other level. The external world can't tell us what we want or where we need to look to get it. Only self esteem and intuition can. There are no guaranteed choices that bring guaranteed dividends. That's fantasy -- that's why we go to the movies.
True transformation comes about when we're ready to work -- it needs courage to be able to sit with ourselves, to be uncomfortable. When you've had enough and you've screamed in revolt, only now can we discover who we really are.
You know how you may be naturally drawn to someone? That feeling that you really need to get to know someone without knowing why? Well, this a "hit" or system download urging you to move in a particular direction. It's our guidance system, it's intuition -- it's our package of courage and strength, and it's without a private agenda. It's our system of authority that urges us to live in the present. It ties us to healing, reminds us to forgive, to let go, and to think kindly of ourselves and of others. It's our guidance for today and helps us make right choices that ensure tomorrow to play out.
If we follow our "hits," we are led to transformation or that apparent overnight success and it begins by making just a small choice -- whether it's choosing to start jogging or to throw out all of your underwear in exchange for more luxurious undergarments -- that choice will begin to shift momentum and sets us in motion, towards bringing us closer to transformation. With each little decision comes yet another . . . and little by little, before long, we slowly forget our past woes, begin to let go of old habits, and we can see what we've been looking for.
Each conscious choice, chosen intimately, brings another piece of the puzzle, another synchronicity that gets us moving closer to the feeling of where we want to go. And it all began with revolt -- When we decided to stop saying, "I'm warning you." and instead really mean business!
Revolt is moving beyond talk, going beyond theory; it's being practical, taking action, being determined to make change -- determined to see life differently. But this process needs us to stop seeing literally and begin seeing more symbolically.
Life taken less literally lends space for removing from the boxing ring, from being the fighter to being the spectator. A less literal life lets us see more broadly without being personally affected by everybody and everything. It means getting over the shit that's happened to us up until now -- allowing the self to mourn and move on. It's deciding to set limits on grief and then to let it go.
Make no mistake, surrendering is not giving up; it's choosing to move on -- past the pain -- past the need to know why -- to give that all up -- for making room -- to take back power, to invest energy more wisely -- for living in the now.
Revolution is saying goodbye to addictions. We're no longer believing the crap we've been selling and refusing to buy the pity we've been accustomed to receiving. We're no longer willing to accept anything less than. We no longer like hearing "Awe, you've been traumatized," and "It's not your fault," because it no longer serves us. It doesn't work anymore. Accepting excuses isn't getting us where we want to go; we don't want to feel stuck anymore. We want to get out of stagnancy and begin pushing forward.
Once we stop speaking the language of "woundology" fluently, we stop self-medicating -- we're done talking about our problems -- done bonding with anyone willing to listen. We've dropped our wound-mates and we're ready to go drug free.
But careful! The tribe, our family and friends -- those used to the old you -- aren't letting us go so easily. Be prepared to grit your teeth and become a little narcissistic, yes, really! -- the need to become a compassionate narcissist has come! Gone are the days of relying on a defensive ego to protect us as we lacked the energy and focus for taking action. No longer is the chaos necessary to keep us "safe." We're ready to shed the illusions, to drop our mistaken beliefs, especially the one that has us believing that we need to "go BIG or go home."
Making up our mind to take the simplest little action will take us to the point of no return. The symbolic act of changing is the willingness to make change. It's not about what we change -- hair style/color, job, soulmate, religion, or underwear -- but it's our WILLINGNESS to make change that carries the POWER to give birth to self-esteem.
Revolt takes courage. Don't be surprised by the aggressiveness with which fear meets us. Don't take their words literally. See beneath -- see symbolically -- recognize that their screaming is simply fear; fear of being abandoned. Your change forces others to take stock of themselves. Change has everyone shouting, but what they're really saying is: "Please don't go, we will miss you."
Don't let anyone stop you. This is when one must be selfish but compassionately so - especially for those so afraid of losing you. Keep in mind that as you continue to climb and stay determined to follow your intuitive hunches to find your way, others will be inspired to act. "Actions speak louder than words."
"The world is a battlefield." Each life stage presents opportunities disguised as challenges. We can choose to align with fear or love. The choice is ours. But when we're unprepared or so stuck living as a wounded soul, we can't surrender or trust in order to align with destiny. It's only once we are ready to shed our wounds -- to thank them -- to appreciate how our wounds were necessary for taking us to this powerful present moment -- that we can begin to use the power to choose deliberately.
When we recognize the power to choose rests within us -- ironically, we don't need to choose anymore. Once we see beneath the literal, once we see the big picture, we can see the "world as our playground." We can accept things as they are, as necessary, and as being part of a greater plan. We can see that it's not all about ME, ME, ME to realize that "I" am part of a whole system. I am the part and I am the whole.
Appreciating contrast, seeing from a point of interest, permits seeing beyond the what and letting go of needing to know why. Only by moving beyond the little self, from being driven only by the five senses, can there be room for perceiving from the soul. Acting in the best interest of Self as well as in the best interest of all or the collective is responsible acting.
The soul can never be harmed. It lives on despite action, but a soul who has the aid from a responsible actor enhances the entire performance for all cast members.
Only from a solid center, from firm grounding and knowing who we truly are, can we become -- to align and flow into becoming our best Self. Seeing the Light is difficult if not impossible when we're so marred in duality, but maya is necessary for expanding the soul, for realizing the self and for bringing about revolt. Once we see things differently, we can decide to act in ways that allow us to see the Light -- within and without -- in everyone and everywhere.
Metaphors offer relief in this exhaustive literal realm, in the personal battlefield. Metaphors provide the chance to step back to catch our breath.
Seeing things metaphorically or symbolically offers space to detach from "the battle of egos" for "seeing with the heart." Intuition gives us "a fighting chance," a respite from perpetual hijack. The nature of duality is literally black or white, right or wrong, good or bad. The ego only sees literally - logically - and cannot be trusted for guiding our energy. The ego only knows fear and because of this, it's job is to protect.
Witnessing the ego at work can help us to understand and learn not to judge. The ego is not good or bad, it simply helps us relate, negotiate, and function in the world of matter. The heart, however, is the true guide, the best source of guidance. The heart can be trusted and is more clear. While ego makes decisions based on fear, the heart decides based on love. Choices made in fear separate us from our divine nature, while choices made with love allow us to grow, to evolve, and to heal.
Ultimately, every single act . . . made in love or fear, everything from what we say, think, feel, intend . . . is noted. The quality of thought released into the Universe (gratitude or complaining) holds us responsible and is rewarded or punished accordingly.
Deliberate action is easier when we have self-esteem, when we can trust. Trust requires letting go of beliefs, releasing the "stuff" -- the dogma -- that we've taken on without first-hand experience. Learning how to become self-intuitive means trusting that each of us possesses the know-how for looking deeply within in order to reorient with our "gut feeling." The "gut" is the emotional brain, the core that gives reliable direction and guidance.
Unshakable faith by intuition awakens knowing the Soul. Faith and trust help us let go of the need to control. But we must be careful not to look for answers through the very window from which we're praying. Just trust. Our prayers are always heard despite how we think they should be answered. Simply pray and let go. Pray for faith, and our intuition will give us the hunches that open doors to synchronicity, allowing everything to unfold in miraculous fashion.
When our light flows in alignment with Source, we shine like the stars we are. Flowing and thriving -- standing fully in present -- we are provided inexhaustible energy -- continually replenished -- we are full-- all knowing.
Ask, believe, and trust in a Divinely Ordered Universe -- certainty an act that feels good.
SO if your intuitive hunch is to take the most outrageous path, take it -- take the risk. "Break a leg." It will pay off!
Matthew 6 The Message (MSG)The World Is Not a Stage6 “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.
2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.