Tuesday, January 21, 2014
It's not you, it's me
Last night, beginning SOMAS 601 Class (again), I got the "Surrender" angel card. But that was after I picked up both the "Joy" and "Intention" cards.
My little epiphany came with a wallop...I'm the common denominator here. It's not a child's fault they're acting out, it's always some new stress they're processing that comes out sideways. My reactions are my own. They, we all as babies, arrive here perfectly equipped to have a beautiful life, and then they encounter US.
At this moment there is a lot rumbling around inwardly. Guilt about all my lack of parenting skill, my perceived lack of love. Sadness that they didn't choose better people to be their parents. Compassion for their little souls stuck with me, I who barely have any idea what I'm doing. More sadness for all the other little souls in bodies possibly in situations that are much worse off than ours.
A reminder pops up, that every one of us, every single one, is exactly where they are supposed to be at any given moment. Every single action, reaction, re-reaction, and consequence is exactly what it is supposed to be....because I know that no thing happens in this world (or any other) by mistake. God doesn't make mistakes. But we do. My thought life has been fraught with self-loathing only a perfectionist would understand, and it runs so very deep. It's hard to admit, but as I name the difficulties I have with my children, I'm thickening the idea into our shared experience. I.e. discussing how 3 year olds are particularly difficult, only makes it more true.
Knowing that God doesn't make mistakes, does not make it any easier though, grasping at imagined perfection causes suffering.
Then there comes a feeling of calm and bliss, and sadness. I've poured myself into this job, I'm in the thick of raising these little people into reasonably functioning young adults...sometimes I've so much love I might burst or melt down molecular-ly.
As an exercise for class I'm suppose to awake with activation of I AM, but in the form of I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN, which is a semantic tool to activate memory from whence we all came. Because, in the Light of Creation there is no want, no lack, no ego suffering, there is only Love, Peace, Joy.
So, I wake this morning thoughtfully creating my "I Have Always Been..." statements.
I have always been Loving
I have always been Joyous
I have always been Peaceful
I have always been Compassionate
I have always been Empathetic---and I stopped.
I'm reminded then of an article I read, the pediatrician that believes now that Cry It Out method damages parts of the brain that create connective empathy.
My mom would brag about how I was a Dr. Spock baby, and at the time it was the "go to" child care book, and he was a definite "cry it out" proponent. I'm theorizing that my handicapped empathetic response (and sympathetic response) is result of "best practices" for 1977.
So, I experience empathy shortage. How to cultivate it? Rather how do I access that limitless compassion, hence empathy and sympathy, that comes from the wellspring of our innate divinity?
How indeed, because I am well aware, we are only able to accept love at our conceived level of self worth. And truly I have not much compassion for my self, most notably when I make mistakes as a parent. Not little every day, oops-I-packed-the-wrong-lunch mistakes, but relationship-altering, possibly-damaging-to-emerging-young-selves mistakes.
Down the rabbit hole, though the roots are thick and tangled, there is Truth hidden there. I will re-mind it.