Friday, December 12, 2014

John O'Donohue - Inner dedication

If you could imagine the most incredible story ever, it would be less
incredible than the story of being here. And the ironic thing is that story
is not a story, it is true. It takes us so long to see where we are. It takes
us even longer to see who we are. This is why the greatest gift you could
ever dream is a gift that you can only receive from one person. And that
person is you yourself. Therefore,the most subversive invitation you could
ever accept is the invitation to awaken to who you are and where you have landed. 
Plato said in The Symposium that one of the greatest privileges
of a human life is to become midwife to the birth of the soul in another.
When your soul awakens, you begin to truly inherit your life. 
You leave the kingdom of fake surfaces, repetitive talk and weary roles and slip deeper
into the true adventure of who you are and who you are called to become.
The greatest friend of the soul is the unknown.Yet we are afraid of the
unknown because it lies outside our vision and our control. We avoid it
or quell it by filtering it through our protective barriers of domestication
and control. The normal way never leads home.

Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old
patterns. Now you realise how precious your time here is. You are no
longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do not
nourish your true self; your patience grows thin with tired talk and dead language. 
You see through the rosters of expectation which promise you
safety and the confirmation of your outer identity. 
Now you are impatient for growth, willing to put yourself in the way of change. 
You want your work to become an expression of your gift. 
You want your relationship to voyage
beyond the pallid frontiers to where the danger of transformation dwells.
You want your God to be wild and to call you to where your destiny awaits.

You have come out of Plato’s Cave of Images into the sunlight and the
mystery of color and imagination. When you begin to sense that your
imagination is the place where you are most divine, you feel called to
clean out of your mind all the worn and shabby furniture of thought. You
wish to refurbish yourself with living thought so that you can begin to see.
As Meister Eckhart says: Thoughts are our inner senses. When the inner
senses are dull and blurred, you can see nothing in or of yourself; you
become a respectable prisoner of received images. 
Now you realize that ‘eternal vigilance is the price of liberty’and you undertake 
the difficult but beautiful path to freedom. this journey, you begin to see how the sides
of your heart that seemed awkward, contradictory and uneven are the
places where the treasure lies hidden. You begin to become true to
yourself. And as Shakespeare says in Hamlet: To thine own self be true,
then as surely as night follows day, thou canst to no man be false.

The journey shows you that from this inner dedication you can reconstruct
your own values and action. You develop from your own self-compassion
a great compassion for others. You are no longer caught in the false game
of judgement, comparison and assumption. More naked now than ever,
you begin to feel truly alive. You begin to trust the music of your own soul;
you have inherited treasure that no one will ever be able to take from you.

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