Ego is a funny thing. Ego is going to tell you that you are special, unique, seperate. This serves an important function: it allows us to individuate, to have new perspectives, it serves the root chakra, the primal survival instinct which serves each of us. One thing that ego seldom encourages is the acceptance and importance of each individual's unique specialness. My mom likes to say, "yes, you're special, just like everybody else." When we honor the differences in others and embrace them, our partnership with them is strengthened, the system we share with them is strengthened. I challenge myself and yourself, this week, examine your unique role within the context of your systems, your family and work systems, your greater community and the world at large. Are we choosing to strengthen our system by participating from our special position within it, or are we merely adrift, waiting to satisfy our ego's need to feel special and ultimately, isolated from our systems?
My father liked to say, "there is a rider for every seat."
We each play our part and act out our roles to make this great life go round, but I wonder how much we play in this game in conscience, fully engaging our active and curious fascination at the structures we find ourselves supporting. Is your attitude supportive? Do you seek opportunity or merely maintain the status quo? The great fascination I have is in the existential truth that any one of us, or group of us, can choose to "check out" at any time. In what ways do you "check out," or reject the experience offered to you in each moment?
I think of the grocery store so often in this context. Everyone with their goal in mind, even running into a familiar face can seem somehow jarring from the "I need..." Script we're running. Approaching each moment with awareness, acknowledge that each moment of present is a choice, a chance to participate fully in the game of life. Regardless of the peg of the ladder on which you stand, only one can stand in your shoes, only one can participate as you, and never again as you in that moment, never, ever again. What will you do with this moment? How will you choose to contribute?
May this new year bring us all new awareness of the conscious creation in which we each participate, and may our awareness increase exponentially as we honor and validate the uniqueness of each moment and of each other. 💖