"As long as we grab at our divinity and push away our humanity, we aren't free. If you want to be free, you can't push away anything. You have to embrace it all. It's all God." ~ Ram Dass
I found this quote today and it has really got me thinking, integrating a lot of what I have read just recently. It's been an amazing process, to open myself up and embracing new realisations, well, new revelations really. It's all starting to come together and make sense for me.
This one question has really been bugging me for a while now: "Why are we trying so hard to push away being human?"
I have learned that it is because of our soul wound of separation. And sadly, a lot of spiritual paths teach us that it's all about striving for ascension, of trying to reach unattainable goals in the future. And then the goal posts are shifted, so we are always running.
It also has a lot to do with guilt and shame, our cultural conditioning and social programming. We are so submersed in either feeling guilty or ashamed of not being good enough, not making the grade. So, human life seems too difficult and escapism so much easier.
Escaping through drink, drugs, medication, food, partying, gaming, any kind of addiction really, even spirituality. We beat ourselves up and then try to escape being human.
But what is so wrong with being human? With being flawed? With learning? With not being perfect? With staying in this the present moment? Yes, I know that it's really hard to stay in the present moment with all the difficult feelings, all the pain and loss.
What is wrong with opening up to the present moment and embracing what is there, right here, right now? It is in this moment and only in this moment that healing can take place. It is now, yes, right now, that we can find peace.
Not yesterday, not tomorrow, not if this happens or that falls into place, but right now. In this moment that lives in-between the past and the future we can experience grace and wholeness.
It is right now that we can allow love to enter our whole being, to saturate every part of us, flow through us and out again into the world around us, into everything we touch.
Being human is not meant to be a punishment or something we need to ascend from. Being human is a beautiful, divine experience that helps us learn and understand, that helps us expand and realise that we indeed are sacred.
Being human is being holy. Being human is love.
Embrace your humanity, your woundedness, the full spectrum. Open yourself to this totality that being human offers to you, be happy to experience it all.
Allow your humanity to shine. Show yourself compassion and love, for your divine body, for this truly remarkable human that you are.
Please let me know your feelings on this in the comments below.