Remember when you were a child and how much you loved to play? You had so much joy in being silly, play games with other kids and didn’t have a care in the world. As the years went on and “reality” set in, you become overwhelmed with commitments, work, maybe even have a family and children of your own, that you forgot what it was like to play. I hear so often how people wish they could go back and be a kid again.
We do not perceive things as they are, but as we are. Anaïs Nin expounds on this ancient notion in her novel, Seduction of the Minotaur. Continue reading
Is needing someone a bad thing? I used to think it was. Years ago, before my personal transformation, admitting that I needed someone or something would bring me face-to-face with my fears of appearing “needy” or selfish. To say that I needed love, attention, or affection made me feel rather pathetic and weak. Not something I was willing to do.
“Only in relationship can you know yourself, not in abstraction and certainly not in isolation. The movement of behavior is the sure guide to yourself. It’s the mirror of your consciousness; this mirror will reveal its content, the images, the attachments, the fears, the loneliness, the joy and sorrow…” – J. Krishnamurti
All relationships reflect back to us who we believe we are as well as our unresolved issues. They show the beliefs, wounds, and other triggers that are stored in our subconscious mind. Continue reading
I remember so vividly, sitting in my critical thinking class during freshman year of college, analyzing Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. In the allegory, Plato describes prisoners in the cave who have been chained since birth, and have lived their whole lives facing the back wall of the cave. They only see images of objects that are cast on the wall from shadows of a fire behind them as others move the objects. It isn’t until one of the prisoners is forcefully released from his chains, kicking and screaming, thrown into the world outside of the cave that he sees light, flowers, water for the first time, and experiences the beauty that was hidden from him his entire life.