"All you need is already within you, only you must approach yourself with reverence and love. Self-condemnation and self-distrust are grievous errors . . ." ~ Nisargadatta
No-one needs to see me, no-one needs to hear me, no-one needs to see the Truth in me. I am the only one that can do these things. That ‘I’ is not the self made ‘I’ that craves recognition, that begs to be seen, that longs to be finally heard. Crap.
“What we know matters, but who we are matters more. Being rather than knowing requires showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” ~ Brene Brown
I came across an amazing analogy in Bruce Springsteen's autobiography 'Born to Run', in which he emphasized that his success and longevity of his band, along with the connection he had with his fans, came about because he recognized what it required to be in the 'Showbiz': You're in the “business of SHOWING...not TELLING.”
I say this, not as a 'how-to-make-friends-and-be-famous' shtick, but I do feel that there is a certain appeal towards musicians, such as Bruce, that we can learn from and integrate into our own lives. They have found their authentic voice and are willing to share it with others. They're pitch may not be perfect, but maybe because of that, we appreciate them even more.
“Vulnerability would take me where I wanted or maybe needed to go.”
I love this statement, as it reveals a process of resistance and surrender—two key elements to growth and change. Being vulnerable embraces that resistance by questioning 'what is', taking on an adventurous attitude of 'not knowing'. Discovery demands uncertainty as a necessary component of widening the lens of what's possible.
"Whatever happens to you by you, through you; you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive." ~ Nisargadatta
One hundred percent authorship. Now, that is so easily experienced as a guilt trip unless I am willing to surrender to the truth that everything has always been and will always be for the ultimate good, for healing. The fact that my experience teaches me otherwise simply points to my unwillingness to take ownership and I prefer to play in blame-land a little longer.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again