We have all heard the saying “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel”.
But is there?
Or is there just a big tunnel containing a series of events that asks us to try to cope with random or, for my spiritual folk, karmic circumstances to the best of our ability.
And though we want to believe that there will be some favorable outcome, the truth is that we don’t always get what we want.
We don’t always get what we need.
Sometimes Life happens and it can be pretty crummy.
Sometimes Life happens and it’s just heartbreaking.
Sometimes Life happens and it is unbearable.
And yet all the ironic financially stable gurus who are published by the finest publishers sell their theories of this or that new age trend.
Oh yeah….”and that through our suffering, we find the path to enlightenment“.
Am I guilty of that?
Actually, yes I am.
Oh God, I just ate a piece of humble pie.
I have been known to try to alchemize reality to somehow see a silver lining…
To convince myself and others that there is some transformative code and within that magical transmutation of difficult circumstances, there is a remedy for the common good.
And sometimes there is.
Sometimes people make it through the most heinous of circumstances, and are blessed with a very special knowledge to help the collective achieve the transformation it is seeking.
But sometimes there is not.
And that is a hard pill to swallow, isn’t it?
Sometimes we see and/or are given information that we don’t want to see or know.
And sometimes we just need to get real about the state of things.
Life is not always a fairytale and 99% of the roles we will ever play will be about an individual doing all he or she can to improve his or her circumstances.
This is a fact of the human condition that we, as artists, must be open and willing to reveal about the struggles of the human experience which unfortunately includes human suffering.
Sometimes we need to blow out the candles, snuff out the incense, throw away the sage, chuck the oracle cards at the wall and really look, with our hearts, at tangible reality.
Sometimes the cards people are dealt are nowhere near the full house they had hoped.
Sometimes there is no house at all but a tunnel that echoes thoughts and questions in an earnest quest for Life’s greatest mysteries thus stimulating the creative process to express and hopefully come to terms with the human experience.
The artist must face unanswerable questions to suffering, greed, poverty, war, disease, trauma, lovelessness, abuse, darkness, addiction, evil, and even the newest pan epidemic, ‘narcism’?
Do I have the answers to any of these questions?
Not at all!
What do I know?…
I just work here.
But we have to be willing see the questions because they are there all around.
We have to be aware of them if we genuinely care about the state of humanity.
We cannot be scared to ask and confront these questions because it is the job that we signed up for.
Yet, no matter how much we may try…
No matter how hard we may dig…
We have to be willing to accept that there will always be unanswerable questions.
Life will always be in a state of flux and there will always be suffering somewhere in the world.
And you are probably reading this looking for some statement that illuminates the promised light at the end of the tunnel.
But that is just my point.
Sometimes there just isn’t and we, the artists, have to do our part in revealing the struggles humans go through in order to help bring awareness to these unanswered circumstances.
Otherwise it is just a tunnel and we are walking or even running through not knowing where it leads or what the meaning of all ‘it’ is.
The facts are…
Sometimes we are here with people who are good.
And sometimes we are here with people who are not so good.
Sometimes we are here with people living through compassion.
And sometimes we are here with people living through agenda.
Sometimes we walk with people who use troubling circumstances to help the greater good.
And sometimes we walk with people who choose to bank on it.
Sometimes we walk with trust.
And sometimes we have to walk with cautious discernment.
Sometimes people will walk with us to wherever the tunnel leads.
And sometimes they’ll just fade away.
Sometimes it will bring treasures.
And sometimes it will bring trauma.
Sometimes it will please.
And sometimes it will disappoint.
And within all those circumstances, the answer is…there is no answer.
It is what it is.
We don’t know why but we know it happens.
And while we live in a filtered world, creating the prettiest most perfected selfie, that hides any inkling of a ‘flaw’ sharing our abs and show biz smiles for some validation in the form of ‘likes’ on social media, we are ignoring the fact that we are not OK with what is.
We are not OK with the questions because we don’t want to face the answers.
We’re scared of the answers because we are not OK with anything that threatens the perfect little pretty picture that manufactures an artificial boost of dopamine or serotonin.
In fact, we don’t want to face the answers because we are not even OK with asking the questions anymore.
So we hold onto that theory of a light at the end of the tunnel without paying attention to the chaos that’s begging to be noticed.
We skip the most important step!
We are too busy numbing ourselves with artificial affirmations that prevent us from actually dealing with what is going on here and now.
We HAVE to be willing to face the reality of things, no matter how scary, no matter how unpleasant, no matter how dark.
This is our job as artists.
To see what others are not willing to see.
To face what others are not willing to face.
To step into the trenches and face the human condition, head on, mask free, in all its grit and glory.
Because that is what Life is.
A series of moments defined by grit and glory.
And if we are lucky, sometimes we will find ourselves somewhere in the middle.
I guess it’s just about allowing the questions and being OK with the answers whether they come with favorable or unfavorable echoes of a response…or even not at all.
Whatever the case, I encourage you to walk through this beautifully complicated Life tunnel without any expectations but with awareness and compassion.
Allow yourself the willingness to experience it for what it is in all its authenticity and then be willing to share that beautifully complicated authenticity through your work.
As I am sure many of you have been experiencing, especially those of you that are highly sensitive, there have been a great deal of energy shifts happening in and around all of us.
The velocity of things is intensifying and the universe is going through a powerful transformation while asking…or I should say…demanding…all of us to also accompany her/him/it on this evolutionary journey.
There is not much of a choice…
It is happening and we have the responsibility to be part of that change…that growth…and that expansion.
If it is happening ‘out there’, it is most definitely happening ‘within’ as we are all connected to the greater part of the creative expansive whole.
Of course, it is very easy for us to get alarmed by these experiences especially if we do not understand what they are.
And yes, there has been an alarming amount of crisis in our world.
However, without sounding trite, in the presence of light, humanity, without fail, is infinitely stronger together than the desperately despicable attempts and actions of darkness.
And it is exactly that light that is calling upon all of us to match its frequency now.
In order for us to match that frequency, many are experiencing growing pains to get there.
Just as we have growing pains from all the transitions of childhood to adulthood, so do we have these similar pains as we shed what no longer serves in order to evolve into our higher collective self.
Very often, as these expansive energy shifts happen, they can cause some intense physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual experiences that may feel like crisis because they quite obviously differ from those in our familiar everyday life.
But they are guiding us to change for our best and highest good.
For the universal good.
A change that aids our soul’s individual mission here on this beautiful planet to help one another get back to the ultimate truth.
Some may feel highly emotional.
Maybe you catch yourself crying or laughing out of the blue without even understanding where it is coming from.
Some may have odd feelings of confusion.
Others may be experiencing agitation, irritability, or even outburst of irrational anger.
There may be those of you that have the feeling of just wanting to impulsively change everything including your job, location, relationships, etc.
Maybe you just want to get away.
There are those that may just do the opposite and want to cling onto everything for dear life.
And then there are those that may even get so triggered by these shifts that they act out in self destructive behavior as a coping mechanism to deal with these changes because they feel it is just too much at one time.
This is an important time individually and universally.
The best piece of advice I can give during these times is to let go of holding on.
I know these times can feel so extremely difficult.
It is especially during these times that we do indeed want to clench onto what feels familiar by believing they serve as some sort of life preserver preventing us from drowning in the unknown.
But sometimes it is our holding onto the familiar that is actually the very thing that is keeping us in the circumstances we are trying to free ourself from in order to expand and grow.
What if the unknown is not the enemy we seem to be defining it as?
What if it is the hallelujah we have been seeking?
What if beyond that wall of our everyday rigid belief system and structure lives the key to our personal and collective healing, to our freedom, and even to the bliss of our true purpose.
To get there, we have to be willing to do the work.
We have to go into the trenches.
We have to be willing to face what is not serving us and LET IT GO to make room for what does.
And we have to have the Strength, Courage, Perseverance, Willingness, Self Trust, Self Nurturing, and Self Love to do this kind of work.
Of course others may be of service but the truth is it is ALL YOU in relationship to your role with the universe.
It can only happen from and through you.
Do yourself the favor and break free from any bondage that is not good to you, for you, and about you.
Then climb over that tall wall no matter how difficult it may be.
Use your blood, sweat, and tears to finally meet your true Self on the other side of what is keeping you from your own personal evolution so you can join in the universal evolution.
Once you get there, I guarantee you will wonder why you held onto all the other stuff as long as you had.
A change for the better is coming.
The universe wants you to be happy, healthy, vibrant, successful, and encompassed by love and compassion.
It is just waiting for you to join in the momentum.