I've always noticed the freedom that actors and singers have and we're drawn to that freedom. We're drawn to that expression. But for some reason in society, it's less accepted in the world to just be dancing and singing and going crazy all the time. If we're a professional actor or a singer and that's something that we need to break down. And we can break it down by being the way that we are in the world, whenever we want to be that.
I’ve since learned that the exact same idea applies when you are in a crisis. If you turn away from the pain, you will spin even more wildly out of control. You will become more and more estranged from your Self, and sink deeper into crisis and suffering. It is the same as driving in the snow. You must turn into it to regain control and slow down.
There is a call to be awakened in the world. To be the leaders that are so needed today; authentic, embodied and wildly expressed. This is why I find the three-pronged approach to Ecstatic Awakening to be crucially important to the evolution of humanity and our species’ re-integration with Nature. It’s time to be the way you’ve never dared to be. To nurture the parts that have kept you hidden. To realize the Self.
The crux of the matter is to take responsibility for your feelings, your drive and for the quality of your life. The mind wants to find excuses, but your heart knows the truth. Your mind wants you to believe that things, especially bad or painful things, are happening to you. What you must feel is that everything you experience is happening for you. Each event lovingly guiding the unfolding of your being.
I had never been on a silent retreat before. But right now I was headed to Crestone, Colorado for five days of silence with a teacher who was recommended to me by a dear friend. When I arrived, there were 40 people who were all from different parts of the country, and who all had different motivations, but who had all been drawn to this place by something. Some had been members of this community for many years, and some had never met the teacher or anyone else there before.