Messages were received in musical format last night, two that gently woke me and another right after rising.
“You have to ‘believe’ how you feel.” This phrase was accompanied by song, and although I cannot seem to locate it, I have found one which seems to fit nicely.
I half way stumble into the kitchen to feed the dogs while another song begins to play in my mind. As confusing as life is, I choose to believe in Love, at all times.
When a person experiences trauma, which we all do to varying degrees, it disrupts the ability to maintain faith in love and compassion for those who suffer, even while suffering takes on the shape of abuse.
The highest form of trust for what is, what is being uncovered, and for what will remain once we get through these trials, is the vigilance of belief in inherent goodness and care which dwells in each life.
This world works diligently to squash hope, but these trials are also what allows hope to thrive. While hope thrives, love survives, blooming just under the surface much of the time, yet it is there just the same. The flower of it will break the surface in the most unexpected ways, and the most unexpected time.
The key is to remain open for the opportunity to see love bloom, rise, and shine … pain makes one want to close down, to put up barriers … but don’t do it, for if you shut out pain, you’ll also shut out opportunity to see the most fantastic display of love, ever.
Cultivate resilience in the face of that which aims to rend your heart in pieces. As you stand straighter, gaining understanding that not all things which bring pain are done so in a ‘personal’ manner … that the other parties are battling their own struggles and at times it gets on people, especially those closest to them (to us).
No one is immune to the process. We will all experience pain, and we will all give pain to others, intentionally or not. We are more alike than we care to admit … where can we find compassion in these circumstances?
Great strength is in those who have capacity to forgive and continue living with care and love in their hearts rather than retaliate, or becoming that which has spewed a layer of shadowy darkness upon them, stealing their light for a time.
I suppose in this sense it would truly be as though each of us currently ‘walk in the valley of the shadow of death’. Every step we take in life has the possibility of becoming infected with this gloom, harmed by those in the midst of it, and the ‘unfairness’ of it all.
Imagine the spiritual integrity and strength each person will have within them after being forged in this fire within the shadow of death. Imagine yourself growing more firm of character, compassion building within you for all others who are, who have, and who will, experience the same or similar trauma as you yourself have.
Imagine the great healing shared by those who have experienced suffering when they begin to coat the injuries of others with the learned healing techniques and understanding they’ve developed throughout their trials.
People do not need to hole up and become small, safety is not in a compact singular package. Safety and strength come in sharing the most vulnerable parts of ourselves with each other, and helping each other heal. Growing stronger through each ordeal. Maintaining hope despite those who would strip it away. Allowing love to flow through the broken parts of the mind and heart, rather than shrinking, atrophying and dying.
Know this … there are those who love unconditionally, freely, openly … even when you cannot see them. Listen for the music, for the messages, for the signs. If these things are of love and support, it is about goodness. If these things are angry and encourage you to become a volcano of unchecked emotions which have potential to harm, then it seeks to place more chaos in the world.
Power is in choice.
Choice is yours, always.
Circumstances may occur of which we did not choose. However our thoughts around that event, circumstance or situation will always be our choice. Mind over matter, conscious awareness over mind.