Every now and then, I am reminded of the richness and depth that is found in the human spirit. In the materialistic world in which we live, we tend to relate to one another on a superficial level, and the human spirit is often concealed from our perception. Since the materialistic world thrives on power struggles, our motivation has been lowered to “how do I get more?”. In our drive to rise above others as the biggest, strongest, richest, best, we dampen the spirits of those with whom we interact.
Archive for month: September, 2008
Recently, I’ve been getting strong visions of an eland. I am brought back to the first time I saw one in Kenya last December. While driving around a friend’s plot of land, I noticed an eland from afar, and was strangely touched by the way it seemed to be looking straight at me. Although it stood too far for me to see, I felt the strange power in its eyes – sweet, gentle, kind but imbued with a grounded strength and the wisdom of an old soul.
Something in that encounter captured my soul, as if the magnificent and almost mythological creature had something to communicate to me. Yet it had remained unexplored until now when I’m called to listen intently to it. In my dreams, it shows itself – an elegant, self-assured being with words of wisdom to impart. Its eyes speak volumes and depths, such that no verbal sounds are necessary. In my waking moments, I see the eland in my mind, again looking straight at me.
I have just come to an end of a relationship and it’s been a test of my own connectivity to come out of it healed. I’m reminded of how stresses can trigger old, destructive tendencies and in times of great stress it’s imperative that we watch ourselves vigilantly so that we don’t slide back to a well-trodden but useless path.
Time seems to slow down when we’re in deep emotional pain. Not in a pleasant way, but in a way that seems to just drag on and prolong our pain. I’m reminding myself that this is a good thing – there are simply too many easily-available ways for us to numb our pain, and the temptation to bury pain is the evil which all addictive persons must fight. Pain can only be healed if pain was present in our awareness.