All of us are confronted with the truth of the life we are living-- and of the life we are refusing to live-- in our dreams every night all our life long. And most of us are addicted to some form of diversion, distraction, denial in our waking hours to give us something to think about and take our minds off of the ever-widening gap between who we are and who we are born to be. The work to get us back together with our original nature in a life aligned with it is called The Hero's Journey. And is only for those who have what it takes to be self-transparent and at-one with themselves within the context and circumstances of their life no matter what all their life long. The door is always open, but few take the trip.
Diana Prince was Wonderwoman, Clark Kent was Superman, Bruce Wayne was Batman, and so it goes down the long list of superheros. The list is forever long. Your name is on the list, and mine. We all have a super double, an alter-ego, a hidden wonder within. We are, at once, who we are and who we also are, and it is our place to recognize that, and walk two paths at the same time, in bringing our Inner Other forth to engage Outer Reality within the conditions and circumstances of our life, in each situation as it arises. This is our saving grace. We save ourselves, and we save the world, by being true to our Original Nature and doing what is called for in ways appropriate to the occasion all our life long. We have what the world most needs, and we betray it daily, by being who we are supposed to be at the expense of who we are capable of being, doing what is expected of us and denying what is possible with us, day in and day out, all our life long. Waking up is waking up to the reality of our Original Nature, and working to exhibit/express/reveal/incarnate the gifts/daemon/shtick/talents/abilities/genius/etc. tucked into our DNA along with our fingerprints and iris patterns-- and live to serve whom Carl Jung was addressing when he said, "There lives in each of us, another, whom we do not know."
My sister, Susan, died this morning, realizing her wish to be relieved of the burdens of this life, and joining my sister Diane, who died in August of this year, and all those who preceded her throughout the ages of time. Peace be with them all.
We have to mine the darkness for the light, the difficult for the gold, the unwanted for the gift, and open ourselves to the steady presence of unmerited grace, pouring over, spilling out, like a well-spring of living water all the days of our life unto all of those with eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand what is right here, right now, all the time. We are never more than a slight shift in perspective away from having what we need to find what we need to get up and do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, no matter what in each situation as it arises, for the simple joy of doing it, and the satisfaction of having done it, throughout the time left for living.
The Way is the way of doing the right thing in the right way at the right time. A couple dancing in sync with each other and the music. Tennis players swapping ground strokes. A center fielder tracking a fly ball and catching it on the run. Each moment calls for something. The right response fulfills the moment, and leaves everyone privy to it with a sense of satisfaction, completion, in a "Well Done!" kind of way. Living alert to each moment and responding to them in just the right way, is to live with self-transparency, integrity, sincerity and spontaneity-- in touch with the moment and our original nature, dancing as a dancer with the music, a tennis player with tennis ball, a center fielder with a high fly.