Duality Is Within Us All Embracing It Brings Harmony

 

     Couldn’t we be
          The ones to share today?

Along the way
     You’ll find yourself
          Traveling in pairs
               For one adventure or another

Two minds as one
     For considering wisdom
          From more than one angle
               Within yourself

You will see wisdom as having valid points
     Good sense
          From possible opposing views

               Wherein lies the truth for you?

We can begin to doubt our sanity
     At times
          If the…

Yes, Spirit?

What if valid reasoning begins to pile up
     On both sides?

     What if you begin to appreciate
          Both points of view?

               What then?

You must remember the duality within
     With respect for both
          And acknowledge your inner truths
               Yes –
          More than one truth within yourself

There can be many minds
     Each with valid notions
          Of how we might conduct ourselves

Don’t create shadow
     Out of one view over another
          Within yourself

     Honour both

          Love both
               (If you are considering two)
                    Or ten if there are ten

When you acknowledge all angles of inner knowing
     You are on the road
          To creating peace within

It is in punishing thoughts toward self
     Where inner turmoil erupts

Let’s take an example

     Let’s say
          You want to go out for a walk

               A simple desire, Yes?

          But maybe not for all of your ‘self’

Perhaps there is a part of you
     That feels nervous about this idea
          For whatever reason

One aspect of who you are
     Decides going out for a walk
          Is a sickening idea
     And to emphasize the point
          You have a knot in our stomach

Now that piece of yourself
     That looks out on a sunny day, says,

          “Ah! But it is so appealing!

Fresh air
     Sunlight
          Warmth
               The smell of new soil
                    Or trees or the sea

               How beautiful this would be!”

And while that part of you is smiling
     And day dreaming
          Of such a delightful possibility
The anti-walking part within
     Takes a next step to emphasize the point
          Raising the bar of dis-ease
               From knot in the stomach
                    To tightness in the chest

It’s as though giant fists
     Have taken hold of your heart
          And are squeezing
               So that breathing becomes a challenge
And because the ‘out for the walk’ part of you
     Doesn’t fully comprehend
          Why you are feeling this tightness
               But has empathy
                    For the nervous part of you

You find you begin to actively look from side to side
     For the catalyst of discomfort

     There must be something external
          In your environment,
               You think,

     To have caused this feeling of unease.

As you look close at hand for the trigger
     The inner you who worries
          Begins to celebrate!

For as long as you are busy looking for ‘why’
     In the physical
          You are no longer dreaming
               Of going outside walking

                    IN THE UNKNOWN!!

Instead of easing up
     That part of you
          Who is desperately shouting,

               “Stay home!”

Winds up full force
     In order to keep your attention

Soon enough,
     This looking side to side
          Intensifies to such a degree
               That the throat seizes up
     As though those hands now squeeze your voice
          Into silence

Your eyes bulge out in panic
     Your mind races frantically
          Darting in all directions
     Crashing into the edges of your skull
          Hammering to get out in a primal scream
               Yet, locked
                    Within the cage of your mind

          “Don’t leave the house!”

It wants to say
     But can’t

The thought so terrifying
     You collapse
          Literally
               On the floor
          Unable to move
               Even had you wanted to

          The joyful dream state shattered

Confusion isn’t possible
     As this suggests the ability to reason
          And reason,
               You are completely incapable of
                    Once again…

Once again the fear within reigns
     But it’s not what you wanted…

     Not what you’d hoped for
          On this glorious sunny day…

Instead,
     You turn away from daydreams
          And do the laundry.

You sweep the floor
     Make a sandwich
          Turn your back to the day
     And try to forget the knot in your stomach
          That still remains

It always remains

     A physical manifestation
          Of Dread
     Ready to leak into the whole of you
          In any given moment
               Without end

What of the duality?

     What is the solution?

          Are we doomed to live this way forever?

Yes, Spirit?
What is needed here? So many wish to know. How do we overcome such darkness?

          The answer is love

The answer is love and understanding

The one who must listen
     Is you,
          For you

We can all get guidance
     From an external source
But ultimately
     The onus of love falls on you
          For you

          This is the duality I spoke of

We all have it
     We all have an inner voice
          More than one

One voice cannot dominate another
     Within ourselves
          To the point of disharmony
               With another part of ourselves
          Without consequence

A state of peace
     Can only be created
          When you allow this to be your truth

You have the ability to find inner peace
     By seeking out those thoughts
          That create disharmony
               And listen within
                    To all it has to say

Listen
     Like you are your own best friend

     Emphasize
          With healthy boundaries within

          Hold fast to the highest good
               Of your own dear self

No one aspect
     Need have dominance over another
          Harmony comes
               When all views are respected

     Can you see this idea
          As a possible break through for you?

When one aspect is fearful
     If the other jumps on board
          And takes on the belief
               That there must be something to fear
          You will create twice the fear!

Now you really feel it
     And what intensity you create
          By joining in!

          This is not self-love. . .

               This is pouring fuel on the fire

We do this unwittingly
     Don’t judge
          Don’t criticize past doings

               Simply choose a new approach

One aspect fears
     Another aspect acknowledges

          “You are fearful today.”

Fear grips the stomach…
     Acknowledge that feeling

          “Your stomach is tight today.
               It tells me you are uncomfortable

     I hear you…

I witness your discomfort
     I understand your gesture
          I no longer need to feel it, too.

          I hear you…

Now let go of that feeling in me
     Let’s talk together about it.

          I am here…”

You will find this awareness needs practice

The signs are always there
     But we are not practiced at seeing

          That’s okay

Don’t criticize your truth
     Simply start today

     Choose to become aware
          Little by little

Prick up your internal ears
     To the signs your psyche offers

          They will differ
               From person to person
                    From situation to situation

          What signs do you offer to self?

Allow your truth to reign
     And when you listen
          You will find

               Panic begins to subside…

Love would not say:
     “You fear a walk?
          How stupid is that?
               I’m going anyway!”

     Love would say:
          ‘You fear a walk?
               I understand….
     Something about walking out worries you.
          I understand how that might feel
               Let’s sit together a while

               I am here…

                    You’re not alone…

                         I am here…

Let’s consider what we both hope for
     And hold hands and
          Listen to each other with love”

Duality is within us all

     Embracing it brings harmony

One wants to enjoy warmth
     Enjoy the brightness of the sun
          Breathe fresh air
               Feel or smell the earth

The other wants safety
     The beauty of being cared for
          The comfort of acknowledgment
               Of trust
                    Of caring

          Can you not have both?

Love would never say
     “I’m going anyway!”

     Love would say,
          “Lets find a way
               To acknowledge each other.”

Today – Could we step into the yard? No?

Today could we open the window? No?

Today could we stand together
And hold hands with love?

Could we look out and enjoy the look of the sun outside from the safety of the house?

Could we imagine the warmth of the sun and share the memory of how that feels?

Could we care for our indoor plants and breathe in the smell of that sweet earth?

Could we agree that one day soon,
     We will simply open the front door?
          And feel the summer air
     With no expectation
          Of stepping over the threshold?

     Just open the door
          Nothing more?

Another day
     Not today…

Today we will acknowledge
     The love we have within self
          For Self

We are love to each other
     We can learn to walk together in peace
          Step by tiny step
               For as long as it takes
                    Without judgment

     Amen to your courageous heart!

          Be love

               And you will know what love is

~

 

 

© Copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved Catherine ~ On Spirits’ Wings

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