Peacock, “Are you proud or simply being true?”
Peacocks are known for their color-saturated feathers. Still, if we take a closer look, we see dark and dull ones, too. Peacock invites us to wholeness.
Imagine being swept away in Love’s light. Now, contrast lying in Love’s shadow.
Black and white is easier. This is good and that is bad. Early on, we need to conquer threats in the external. Then, in the dark night, we become aware of ourselves.
When dawn finally breaks through, we are surprised. Material possessions are not as important to our worthiness.
Relationally, though we may have expectations, we are less attached to outcomes. We are able to hold other people’s paradoxes, because we are more aware of our own, e.g., compassion and ambivalence.
Like Peacock’s feathers, our life experiences, include light, bright, dark and dull. When we let dark and ordinary times transform us, a truer Self breaks through. Why choose guises over being whole?
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings
“Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don’t find themselves at all.” Rollo May
Position, power and money give us a sense of control. Though none of these are good nor bad, we know when we’ve allowed them to compromise our essence.
“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it’s conformity.” Rollo May
The smaller self gravitates to appearances, popularity, status, and such. We end up feeling envious, resentful, bitter, etc. What would our lives look like if we pushed through our smallness to forgiveness, gratitude and trust?
After all, when has revenge eliminated pain? Or how has outshining someone eradicated jealousy? Have material possessions filled the emptiness inside, yet? Welcoming all of our life experiences, moves us toward standing, as I am, with Peacock.
Peacock’s dark and dull colors remind us to discover the Sacred within. What if Love is creating a drab backdrop, so your bright colors can pop?
Making Spirit Flesh*
What is the value of your soul?