Everyday Inspiration: You’re Not So Special…Until We All Are
It’s funny how many spiritual paths feel the need to create more exciting ways to lure others into finding themselves. Aren’t we all guilty of this to some degree?
Aren’t we really saying that in order to make others happy we must make them see our point of view? That the more Zen-like one is or the more centered ‘others’ are, the more potential they have for happiness?
But who gave US the authority to tell others that the only way to find inner peace is when they can live in the NOW?
I wonder if we’re all making such a huge effort to convince everyone, including ourselves, that we have to GET, DO or BE something, simply to realize what we were all along.
WE are not broken. We do not need to be fixed. We are not lost. What we did end up being, however, is convinced that we are.
So most of us set out on these incredible journeys and put out enormous effort trying to find what can NEVER be lost, spending our days seeking something that CAN’T be undone. It’s a cycle of frustration and endless struggle for something that can never be taken away. Perhaps it’s an indication of getting caught up in the egos enticing belief that; “You just aren’t enough.”
And with that belief, the whole world suffers to some degree.
Those of us intent on being shape shifters and change makers take note: Don’t get lost in the search for something that was never lost in the first place.
The union with God, universe, spirit, something greater, whatever the name you assign it, is YOU.
You can’t lose this connection. It is inherent in you when you become YOU.
More importantly, do not misdirect others into thinking that there is some abstract way to get in touch with themselves, via your link, message, creed, dogma or beliefs. It just isn’t true.
This way of teaching sets you apart as someone special, as something unique and not made of the same stuff as everyone else. This ego-based thought separates you from others.
When you judge others as needing to be enlightened or as un-evolved, you are taking a position that you are right and they are wrong. This is a mental thought that you have something that others don’t or are not capable of having. It creates people who believe they need you in order to be saved from themselves.
In reality, we really don’t have to go anywhere or do anything other than work with what is presented to us on a daily basis. All that we ever needed was the daily material given to us, the relationships we have at hand, the union with the person directly in front of us and most importantly the relationship with yourself.
You cannot skip over this crucial process by escaping to constant retreats or hiding behind someone else’s teachings. The way to my Godliness is through knowing that if I am not broken neither is the person in front of me. I cannot find myself alone or by running away from my true nature. I find the God in me when I see him in everyone else. The God in me lies THROUGH seeing him in the person next to me.
When I see this I see the true nature of all of us. I see the truth. As the Buddha said, “The other is You.”
Today when I see another as supposedly broken, may I give thanks for this human ambassador who has lovingly come to remind me of who I really am. To society, this persons supposed lack of consciousness or evolution has elegantly taught me how to find my center again. Sometimes even more than the greatest book, the most spiritually touted guru, even the most amazing chant.
We are here to experience ourselves THROUGH relationships with one another. No one is above or below one another.
When the geese fly above our heads, notice that they all join together to form a perfect V. One beautifully takes the risk of leading and someone elegantly takes the responsibility of navigating the tail wind at the end.
Are you ready to fly where you are most needed?
As you take each step I will be there reminding you of your Magnificence, and I will continue to do so, until you are able to see it in yourself. © Copyright. Jennifer Annenberg Productions. 2013. All Rights Reserved. This publication may not be reproduced under any circumstances without the written consent of Jennifer Annenberg.
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