SOS

“Skins of Society”

The other day I found a black snake skin that had been shed in my back yard and it caused me to pause and reflect about my life. I have “skins” or patterns of energy that I need to shed in order to be my authentic self.

“Sometimes snakes can’t slough. They can’t burst their old skin. Then they go sick and die inside the old skin, and nobody ever sees the new pattern. It needs a real desperate recklessness to burst your old skin at last. You simply don’t care what happens to you, if you rip yourself in two, so long as you do get out.” — D. H. Lawrence
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” ― Gospel of Thomas
“Many people die with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it time runs out.” ― Oliver Wendall Holmes

Now there is a duality involved with building and breaking patterns of energy. There are “skins” of the spirit and “skins” of the flesh.

The “skins” of the spirit are those patterns of energy that we need to build. These are not a problem in our lives and are actually an expression of our authentic self. They are “skins” that say “I am enough (occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations)”. These “skins” understand what it means to be interconnected to all the material world under an umbrella of spirit. The over arching energy pattern is LOVE.

enough adjective: occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations

The “skins” of the flesh are those patterns of energy that we need to break. These are a problem in our lives that I call the “Skins of Society”. When you notice one of these in your life it should sound off a loud “SOS” in your mind; that a change is necessary. The “world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else” has all sorts of “skins” to make you somebody other than yourself. They are “skins” that exist in the continuums or continua of: good-bad, right-wrong, superior-inferior, strong-weak, smart-dumb, beautiful-ugly, and many more. These “skins” understand what it means to be separate from all the material world and spirit. The over arching energy pattern is FEAR.

“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” The Courage to Be Yourself: E.E. Cummings on Art, Life, and Being Unafraid to Feel

The “Skins of Society” are also used by us as shields to help us avoid having to work through some buried personal challenges. The strong “skin” can help us avoid feeling weak. The smart “skin” can help us avoid feeling dumb.

Now you might be asking yourself what are these “Skins of Society” actually covering?

Beginner’s Heart.

Beginner’s Heart is an accepting, curious, open, and vulnerable heart — full of awe and wonder.

Beginner’s Heart remembers that we are all at a common level; ONE.

Beginner’s Heart is willing to try, willing to fail, willing to learn from mistakes, and most of all willing to forgive through LOVE.

Ralph Waldo Emerson lived with Beginner’s Heart:“That which draws us nearer our fellow man, is, that the deep Heart in one, answers the deep Heart in another—that we find we have (a common Nature)—one life which runs through all individuals, and which is indeed Divine.”

The Dalai Lama lives with Beginner’s Heart:“All human beings are the same—made of human flesh, bones and blood. We all want happiness and want to avoid suffering. Further, we have an equal right to be happy. In other words, it is important to realize our sameness as human beings.”

We all are born with a beginner’s heart: a baby’s accepting, curious, open, vulnerable heart. But, as with all humans, this is trained out of us by Society and it is the “Skins of Society” that we use to cover Beginner’s Heart.

We also misuse the Law of Collectivity (see Golden Rule) and use it to hoard and hold on to offenses; which we need to cover with more “Skins of Society”. We resent what we feel has been done to us and want revenge.

How do you break the “Skins of Society”; these fearful patterns of energy? LOVE what you FEAR. Begin with yourself; LOVE what you FEAR about yourself. Then LOVE what you FEAR about everything else.

“Let your heart open now and let love flow from it; then extend this love to all beings. Begin with those who are closest to you, then extend your love to friends and to acquaintances, then to neighbors, to strangers, then even to those whom you don’t like or have difficulties with, even those whom you might consider as your ‘enemies’, and finally to the whole universe. Let this love become more and more boundless.” – Sogyal Rinpoche The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Do you have a “skin” that you need to shed?

Reflect on this:

Beginner’s Heart: I am occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations.

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