“The truth is, we are all so very, very vulnerable (and) life is as it is…The only thing we can control is our attitude. We have the choice of life or death, love or fear, in each moment. And we bear the responsibility for that choice in each moment…We say it is too difficult to make the hard choice today. And yet the obstacles in our path are our path. Every time we stretch beyond our resistance and our fear, we make a choice for life. And every time we choose life, we find that fear loses its grip on us. We all know more than we think we do, and we are stronger than we believe ourselves to be. We come to our…lives to learn by going where we have to go.” Rolf Gates
i have come to find this sentiment to be true. fear keeps me tangled in judgement, ignorance, separation. opening up to that fear, moving into it, looking at all it’s dimension, color, smell, sensation allows growth in our spiritual realm while expelling some of the hanging onto of the human realm. we decide to remove the obstacles that have grown in our minds into mountains and volcanoes. and the open space created by releasing those monoliths is filled with light and movement into peace. anything other than this is slow, dark death.
several years ago, Ganesha, the hindu god of removing obstacles was tattooed on my back. it would be a reminder that he had my back in working through hardship, sadness, grief, anger, and all that’s associated with not living a full, loving, joyful life right now, in this exact moment, and the next, and the next. and he’s a dancing elephant image to remind me not to take it all so seriously. i mean, we’re here to love and care for one another, aren’t we? no matter who we are?