When we apply the tools of mutuality to our individual spiritual journeys, material surfaces from the depths of our life experience. With subtle handling we can open to free association with these essential aspects of who we are. The challenge can be in our relations with the natural protective shroud of emotion that tends to contain this material. Integration begins here.
When we apply a context of trust in Being we find a place to stand. As we lean into trusting what arises before us we can use that perch to take the time to be curious about our responses and reactions no matter how dark the circumstances might feel.
From such a place of trust and safety, and mutuality with ourselves, we have the opportunity to shift focus from noticing a feeling we dislike to the curious circumstance of disliking a feeling. In the light of inquiry we often find that the naked emotion itself is no longer difficult—that it was the attached judgment that turned us away.
In a welcoming environment more of who we are will be encouraged to come out to play, to be seen, to integrate. It’s up to us then to nurture that atmosphere.
Art and Practice
Don Freas is an artist, writer, and poet in Olympia, Washington.