It’s not personal…

I believe that we are here to heal, and that we heal by learning about and really working on ourselves. Family, friends, and complete strangers all play their roles in our growth and development, with the Universe providing a very abundant supply of lessons. Whatever the theme, we are tasked again and again with figuring “it” out so that we can move on to the next level.

Passing Go, however, is fraught with its challenges. As our tests and trials peel back the layers, our egos can take a licking because our defenses are confronted with the truth of who we are (and who we aren’t) piece by piece. Even when we think that whatever it is is about someone else, we are tied to it in some way, and it offers a space for introspection and healing.

One of my ongoing themes is about not taking things personally, which feels VERY PERSONAL in the beginning and in the middle! I’m much more hip to the process now, even as subtle as the lessons can be that come around when I least expect them. This is the Universe’s way of making sure that I stay true to myself and my new awarenesses.

New to my dragonfly collection – and a fairly typical response!

I’m currently at a point where I recognize these challenges as they appear because I check in with myself if I have a reaction one way or another. Personal relationships provide the most fertile ground for self discovery, so I pay special attention to these interactions. (Prior to this, I reacted and then resentfully stuffed the emotional charge as I didn’t know what to do with it.)

For example, in my closest relationships, it used to feel very personal when I didn’t receive a desired “thank you” or “good job,” but that person’s seeming rejection acted as a mirror for what I needed to provide for myself (self love, self acceptance, self worth, a self high five!). It comes down to the fact that I have to continue to understand my own value and evolve from there.

I am a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, friend, neighbor, customer, client, patient, etc. The list goes on as do the challenges – and the layers and levels! Old narratives are what I continue to bump up against and am confronted to change, and it’s their unraveling that propels me forward on my truer path. It remains personal until it’s not.

Published by Lisa White

I am a former elementary school teacher, self-avowed word nerd, student of esoteric philosophy, energy medicine practitioner, questioner, wonderer, and lover of early-morning walks.

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