You are meant to thrive.
Every impulse in nature and the Universe is towards well-being. When we cut ourselves, Nature’s instinct is to do all it can to heal that wound. When environmental disasters like fire, earthquake and tsumami occur, it does not take long for Nature to start pushing through shoots of new life. Right now in the Russian city of Chernobyl, an area still deemed uninhabitable after the devastating nuclear fallout from a breached power station, nature has returned in abundance. Deer roam the empty streets, lush new plant life curls around abandoned buildings. Even in the midst of the shocking reality of the ice caps melting through global warming, threatening the existence of many species, entirely new species are emerging – ones that survive best in the warmer waters.
Nature never stops creating and expanding. This same force constantly whispers at us to grow and thrive. A tulip doesn’t develop a sudden urge to be half a tulip. It has only one in-built urge – to be itself in all it’s glory – to thrive. We are no different. We are not meant to live half lives.
But it doesn’t stop there. Look again at Nature. It not only thrives, it is exuberant and abundant. Nature shows off! There is not just one kind of purple flower out there, there are thousands. There are millions of species of insect, animal and sea-creature. Every shade and hue, shape and size is expressed in our fields, mountains, oceans and skies.
So, ‘following our bliss,’ as Jospeph Cambell puts it, is not selfishness, it’s the humble, yet joyful, recognition of the unique part we play in the Whole. No-one else can provide what we have to offer. It’s a one-time-ever deal. If we deny ourselves, we are denying the world the matchless gift of our unique expression. When we think of it like this, isn’t it almost selfish NOT to be ourselves and fulfil our purpose?
Marianne Williamson puts this so well:
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”
So, let’s stop fighting our nature. Let’s start leaning back into our truth. Just as a cork floats on the surface of water, so our aliveness knows how to thrive. Most of us have moments when we go against our nature, when we hold ourselves back, beat ourselves up and experience pain, but getting back on track can be as simple as letting go. Sure you can push a cork down below the water, but if you take your hand away, the cork will respond to its own nature – effortlessly bobbing back up to the top again.
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