There is so much pain, suffering and dysfunction in this world. Do what you can to alleviate it by alleviating it within yourself.
My heart is breaking right now after seeing something beyond disturbing circulating through cyberspace. I will not perpetuate the insanity by sharing it on here or anywhere (and don't bother asking me privately because I won't repeat it either as I choose to keep my focus directed on what's good in this world), but what I will say is that we are all deeply connected and that every single thing you do to heal yourself ripples out into the stratosphere and gives others the courage to do the same.
Attacking a group or a person for the ways they are demonstrating their disconnection from the core of who they are, is futile. 'They' are not separate from 'us'. We all have the potential for greatness as well as a departure from it in equal measure. Pointing fingers at another's dysfunction insinuates that you are free from your own, which you are not. None of us are.
We each struggle every single day to make sense of ourselves and the world around us and strive to create a life we can actually tolerate. It's not easy because the world is filled with insanity, and by that I mean outward reflections of people being disconnected from what's real and what truly matters.
No one is to blame. We all do our best by the light we have to see by and we all have a path and journey that is unique to us.
So, honour your own path instead of judging another's. Look within instead of without. Don't expect or wait for others to become enlightened. Become enlightened yourself. Do good. Be gentle with yourself. Cry your tears. Celebrate this moment. And have hope, despite what's going on right now in your world or in the world around you. You are meant for so much more that you can imagine and you're here for a reason. That reason is to be you, and to share that 'you-ness' with the world.
My mom used to criticize the way I perceived the world because it was the opposite of how she perceived hers. Mine was bright and hers was dark. Both were a choice, and both created the reality and the world we lived in.
Mandyland is a magical land, in the sense that I consciously focus on what is good, beautiful, and aligned with the highest vision of myself and others as much as I can. I have experienced enough pain, suffering, dysfunction and moments of wanting to opt out of life, to know that the process of becoming an awake and aligned person in this world is one of the most difficult tasks one can undertake.
It means facing your own darkness instead of masking your sense of unworthiness. It means feeling what you feel. It means not hiding who you are. It means moving on. It means change. It means you'll lose people along the way. It means you might be the only one you know doing what you're doing. It means being misunderstood, criticized, mocked and talked about. It means a lonely road most of the time. Yet our true power lies in our ability to choose how we will respond to things instead of letting external things dictate how we feel. This is the hardest job of all but the rewards of being courageous enough to do your inner work and to be yourself fully and completely are beyond anything you can imagine right now.
Peace, joy, connectedness, meaning, purpose, direction, passion, love, abundance, ease, magic, acceptance, clarity, wisdom, depth, substance and creativity, are all on the other side of those things you are most afraid to face.
"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." Joseph Campbell
So stop focusing on 'them'. Your only project is you.
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