The Greater the Shake
Dear Blessed One,
You know that person who did all the things you did (or less) and ‘made it’ while you’re still struggling?
All the things around you that show how you don’t measure up are there to beat what measuring up means out of you. It’s a program and it’s not yours. What if you let it dissolve and step into not knowing exactly how or what you could be right now? Let your feelings bleed it out of you. Feel what’s getting activated and watch as the foundation of conditioned mind begins to crumble.
The inner pressure you’re feeling is helping you find your way to center, to your authentic self, to the one who has access to your bliss. That part of you is waiting to be seen, to be born into the world, and to run wild in its creative essence.
All the yeah buts are distractions of the mind and linger there to keep you off track, out of stillness and in the old familiar story.
I once heard Kyle Cease say that many people are analogous to Michael Jordan with amnesia. We all have great gifts but are caught in a small story of survival. What if Michael Jordan had amnesia and got a job at McDonalds. You walk in and are astonished to see him. You then remind him that he’s Michael Jordan, a famous basketball player and he says, “Yeah, nice dream but I have to make a living.” You tell him again that he’s Michael Jordan, a great basketball legend! He says, “Yes, that sounds like fun but I’ve got bills to pay, would you like fries with that?”
The programs, habits of the past, other people’s ideas of how life should look, keep you from experiencing the joyous, exquisite, organic being that you are. Let the challenges chip away at the foundation that no longer supports you. That is their purpose.
We all have different journeys to get to where we’re going. Honor yours, it’s perfect for you. Life gives us challenges to shake us awake. The greater the shake, the greater the wake.
Perhaps that person who has ‘made it’ is part of your shake. If you’re having a reaction to it, I’d be willing to bet that it is. By the way, just because it looks good on the outside, doesn’t mean it’s a dream come true for the one in it. Comparing your life experiences to what you see as other people’s life experience is another sneaky ego tactic.
Everything that life presents us is a gift that may not yet be completely unwrapped. Watch how the mind wants to draw conclusions before all the results are in.
Sit silently and watch as stories arise, telling you why you can’t do what your heart is whispering. Lean into the heart’s version of you and feel all the fears arise as you no longer listen to the mind’s excuses that keep you trapped in the old version of you.
Life may be telling you to leave the job at McDonalds and to get on the basketball court. It may sound crazy, it may be scary and it may not look good on paper, however, it may be the next big step in trusting life.
You don’t get to see the results before the move of trust. That would defeat the purpose of letting go of the idea that you are in control of your life. Life is in control of life.
Be your wild, free, and magnificent self. That’s what life wants.
Much Love and Blessings to You,
“See that the whole existence is celebrating. These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious. The rivers and the oceans are wild, and everywhere there is fun, everywhere there is joy and delight. Watch existence, listen to the existence and become part of it.”