“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know”. ~ Pema Chodron
Human lives are made up of themes, patterns, archetypes intricately interwoven into the fabric of our existence. These patterns contain messages, lessons, and insights to life’s mission; much can be gleaned from recognizing them and incorporating its deeper meaning into our lives for they offer an inexhaustible source of wisdom.
Themes can reoccur in our lives. For example, getting into a destructive relationship, falling for an unavailable partner, self-sabotaging business venture, running away from responsibility; endlessly popping in and out of our realities like a cosmic Whac-A-Mole game.
The energetic blueprint of these patterns, upon which we lay the foundation of our reality, is still present. So our attention is continuously being drawn to them. Why? To offer yet another opportunity to re-evaluate current circumstance and take a closer look at it. Yet, if unaware, we dismiss these patterns feeling helpless, hopeless and victimized as if the world conspired against us.
Ego judges our life circumstances, concocting countless explanations why things are happening the way they are. All the while, we get caught up in an incessant stream of thinking; on and on we go.
To catch oneself in the midst of ego’s chatter, or ‘monkey mind’ there must be a crack through which the light of awareness enters; a moment of stillness – space in between the thoughts.
Otherwise, the merry-go-round of ego’s chatter and its insanity continues, while clarity and freedom elude us. It’s like the button got stuck and you can’t stop spinning to get off the merry-go-round.
As Wayne Teasdale pointed out, “The ego, however, becomes a serious obstacle to our moral, psychological, and spiritual evolution when it becomes our sole motivational and volitional focus, or when it alone determines our decisions and actions. It is bad enough in ordinary life, but a disaster in the spiritual journey.”
To find out the deeper meaning of life circumstances, major events in our lives, behavioral patterns, we have to delve deeper to further one’s awareness. The illumination of an individual path and life patterns won’t come from the ego but the divine.