I had a huge breakthrough today on the lesson of “Perspective.” Years ago I received my Dharma Report. It told me that I had spent many lifetimes exacting what I saw as “justice”. Justice is my dharma, or life’s purpose. However, it went on to say that it was now time to evolve this dharma through an understanding of the Law of Karma (of Cause and Effect). I didn’t understand this report AT ALL when I first received it. I was thoroughly disappointed, even. I had a dharma that wasn’t even a good dharma? I had to evolve it? What?? At the time I couldn’t even fathom it. I’m to be an observer? I’m to let people make mistakes? I just. . . watch them. . . Isn’t that too passive?
But today I pieced things together. On my morning walk I was contemplating this and other intuitive reports I’d received. I’d heard things like ” energetic constriction of the heart” and “a great love for her ideas.” A great attachment, it sounded like. Suddenly, this morning it suddenly clicked: I have a very strong attachment to my perspective. Perspective is often tied to judgment. Judgement is what colors what is. A situation has no meaning until we give it meaning. We are the ones who label what’s “good” or “bad.”
Have you noticed that many people talk about their greatest challenges as some of the most influential parts of their lives? They sure struggled, but they also came out a different person at the other end. They learned things in a way that no book or class could ever teach them. They were wiser, stronger. Would it have been fair to rob them of those experiences? Do you know the story of the child who cut open the cocoon of the struggling, new butterfly? In the end, the prematurely freed butterfly was not strong enough to fly.
And sometimes we’re just plain wrong. I was blown away by how many times I was “wrong” on the Camino. I sometimes misread the map (argued over it, too!), or misjudged a person’s actions, misunderstood a person’s words, or dismissed the effectiveness of certain treatments.
“What am I supposed to learn here?” I wondered afterward, “Is the lesson that I’m not to trust myself?”
It was actually teaching me to let go of my perspective. It was teaching me openness, flexibility, and letting go.
So, what do we do then? Trust the process. Observe. Listen and receive carefully and completely before we dismiss. Do the best we can. Offer our perspective when asked or called to share. Do what we can with what he have. Experiment, learn, grow. And then, release. Let it go, let life flow.
Love, light, and many blessings. ❤