The Payoff

"Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility: For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, and the cup he brings forth, though it burns your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears." -- Kahlil Gibran (1951, p. 51) The Prophet
Image credit: Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet" on Facebook 
How did we get to be such drudges -- such slaves? Cultural stories steadily seep into our psyche like a leaky faucet that never gets fixed. Then, our conditioning ensconces them into our skulls. One story goes like this: "There is a payoff for playing the part of the pitiful and pathetic." We are taunted and tormented by the twisted part of ourselves that would prefer to be right instead of happy. And, when we identify with the victim, we don't have to be responsible for our lives. Instead, we can blame someone else when things fall apart. Mired in the murk of our drudgery, we don't have to face the fear of expanding into larger lives than we've ever experienced before. 

Over time, patterns of thought and behavior become rigid. They form fixed physical connections in the brain. So, even as much as we can visualize a life of peace and happiness, actually taking responsibility for making it happen can seem to be a formidable challenge. Our old beliefs continue to haunt us. Many of us have spent most of our lives believing that the Prince is out there (rather than in here), and so we must be gentle with ourselves if we continue to cling to the daydream. As we become more alert to the old, outdated beliefs, we can use them as a signal. They can serve to trigger our thinking in another direction -- noticing all the ways we can move more fully into our Majesty.

In our firm resolve to become the Queen/King and let go of the drudge, we must live our lives by using insight, instead of instinct. Insight is about listening to the soul. Instinct is the reactive part of our nature, directly linked to all of our primal conditioning, which provokes the perpetuation of the dull, dissatisfied drudge. When we listen to our intuition, or insight, our fears and ego may continue to bring on strong and challenging arguments. In fact, as we make changes in ourselves, deeper and deeper layers of conditioning and fear rise to the surface for healing. It takes courage to change. No problem. You are that which courage is made of. Your valor is always available to you, because it sleeps in your substance. When you are willing to call forth your warrior spirit, nothing can stop you. You will hear the still voice inside -- guiding you through your doubt and quieting the subtle fears, which sneak in to stunt your progress and growth. 

Let's call forth our warrior spirits together, and become unstoppable.




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Above excerpt taken from my book “Happily Ever After Right Now… Stop Searching! Start Celebrating!” p. 46-47