Friday, 17 April 2015

Openness - Day 15 of A to Z Blogging Challenge - Things I Love

There's a rainbow in sight if you are open to life.
This is not the easiest letter to pick a topic for - I couldn't really think of any physical objects beginning with the letter 'O' that I love, and I certainly don't love offices ;) so I will talk about an adjective instead - and an important one.

I have considered myself to be 'open' as in open-minded, open-hearted, for a while. But the reality is that I shut myself down from the world as a child, and it's taken a long time for me to really start to open up to life again. The best thing that you can be in life is open - to love, to life itself, to change, to emotions, to people, you name it. To be open is to say 'yes' to life and to be a pure vessel for the Divine to flow through you. Possibly the most important part of being open, at least for me, is to be willing to un-learn what beliefs and thoughts you have been conditioned with or chosen to believe and think. So much of our thoughts are not helpful, and some of them can be quite harmful if you take them seriously.

The best way to describe these demons in our hand are 'blockages'. Instinctively, you know whether a thought pattern is a blockage. It doesn't really matter about the exact nature of the thoughts or what area of life it concerns - we all have different things that are our 'weakness' - the core issue is that these thoughts are the mind cutting us off from the flow of life and making us believe we are a separate self.

It's so easy to identify with our thoughts - but however ingrained they may be, our thoughts are not who we really are. Who we are is awareness of these thoughts. It is hard to define what beliefs, personality etc are true for each of us, but I do believe that, once we go beyond the limitations of the mind and surrender to the flow of life, we will discover who we truly are, and it will be far more cool than we thought.

You are either in the flow (open) or blocked (closed) from life, from love, from your true nature. The mind concerns itself with things that don't really matter and makes a big deal out of them. The heart sees things with the eyes of love, beauty and openness. That's not to say that you will become a doormat, a 'nice guy' without substance, or someone who acts pure and holy 24/7. At least, I don't think I'm going to become like that.

I am so lucky to have had access to some tools which have helped me a lot. I have been down in the dumps, as low as you can get, suffered a lot, wanted to die, identified myself as being fucked up, you name it .. But no matter what you have been through, it is possible to open your heart again, even if it may not be easy.

I hope this helps some people. Don't give up .. you are worth so much more than you know!

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