From an early age we are taught to be something else, something different other than who we are, to conform to the "norm" and to not be authentically ourselves. It is carried on into adulthood. When one reaches their breaking point, they exude silent screams of the soul. Suppression, of any kind, has the potential to penetrate deeply, bleeding into the lives of humanity, through terrorism, abuse, and even through karmic family history.
We slowly suffocate ourselves, being force feed into our minds with the intention to distract and numb our existence.
Do you remember what it felt like to be a kid? Going outside to play ball or having a birthday party where nothing else mattered than stuffing cake in your friend's face? The joy of meeting a new friend or secretly spying on your crush on the playground? Maybe you remember when your parent promised you time together and let you down on more than one occasion? Have you felt left out because you looked a certain way or didn't dress like everyone else? How did you feel when someone blamed you for something you didn't do and felt no one believed you? These are all experiences. These are all Real. A moment we feel, we think, and are taught something about ourselves, the people in our lives, and the many shades of the behaviors and tendencies in the world. Even the seemingly simplest or "stupidest" things are still something deep in our memory, "stuff" we carry inside our backpack of emotional negligence and internal suffocation.
Memories or emotions that have yet to be dealt with can often spread into various areas of our lives, intoxicating the root of our beliefs, sabotaging our relationships, poisoning our thoughts, and influencing our habits.
There are programs everywhere. From the words of society, fashion trends, movies, music, corporate advertising, generational and cultural "norms'', we subconsciously are being trained to believe what is beautiful, what is sexy, what is success, what is acceptable.. and what is normal. What are you buying into? What are you still holding on to, and why?
As a friend of mine says "Question everything, especially your questions."
People get caught up in the distraction, reality becomes distorted. We begin to loose ourselves because we don't want to stand out, to be seen. We might be judged and thought of as weird or not normal. The thing is, we are all weird, yet we all share a common ground. We are Humanity. We all have felt pain, fear, sorrow, grief. We have felt excluded and unheard. We all have quirks, desires, tendencies. We experience joy, love, and peace even if it's only brief; that too is real, regardless of time and space or expectations.
For centuries, we have divided ourselves for the sake of religion, politics, and land that we buy into the distorted illusion that we are something different and overall better than another living being.
We Are Humanity. An evolution of the Trinity: creation, maintaining, and destruction. Even the ant has a purpose no less than a horse or tree. Creatures co-exist to evolve in the Trinity.
Let us not sabotage our evolution from the plastic words that are shallowly being repeatedly. Take a moment to reflect on who you were before you were brought into life, before you were taught to be something different. If we can express ourselves from that space of purity and innocence, we can reconnect humanity.
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