I am listening to yet another old David Whyte tape, once again its name rubbed away from years and years of listenings. In this one he is talking a lot about courage—the courage to even step out your front door. He refers to courage as the amount of heart you have in your life. He says creation is waiting breathlessly for each of us to take our place in it—that every one of us has something specific to give—that our destiny is to belong in only the way we can.
Whyte invites us to, “…step into the darkness, into the silence of your interior, into a place where you don’t quite know how the world is made anymore,” saying there’s a healing nature to not knowing where you are.
He suggests that we let the world come and find us and that it will always find someone much larger than the person who began the journey. He poses this question: “How do I grant life to my life?” And that is such a good question, isn’t it? How do I grant life to my life?
So many of us are held back from decades of conditioning. We live within systems we’ve constructed to give us a sense of safety. We instinctively protect ourselves from what we fear, often not even understanding what’s underlying those fears. And these very protections can deny life to our lives.
Whyte presents a possible antidote: to allow ourselves to live wholeheartedly, from an essential core of wholeheartedness; to come from courage, to come from heart. What would it mean to live this way? How many of us do, really, live full out, holding nothing back, springing from desire and hope and love and belief? How many of us dive into life completely, unabashedly? Most of us understand there is great risk in doing so. And we seem to instinctively know it can be quite lonely out there in that place of believing, because not many are willing to meet us there. And it is not something that can be forced. We most often must go there alone.
I wish it for us all.
Love to you all,