For many people in the world there is often a persona that gets in the way of relating. Relating with ourselves, with those we love, with those we either feel indifferent and those we dislike.
Not too long ago I found myself in disarray, pain was churning me up inside, it was all related to how attached I was to getting what I wanted in my intimate relationship. I wasn't getting what I wanted. This affected how I saw myself and the world around me.
Of-course life was prompting me to dive deeper and to get to the root of the issue.
Most of the time we spend our lives avoiding pain. Our brains are physically hardwired to avoid uncomfortable feelings. Neurologists have proven that the brain is continuously on the lookout for threats, it does all it can to avoid any possible danger.
Yet, beneath these instinctive mechanisms of avoidance biologically built into us, there lies a treasure trove awaiting discovery.
I sat with the pain I felt. Even though it was incredibly uncomfortable. Everything within me was desperately wanting to change position, do anything but face what I was feeling. Yet what happened when I allowed the intense emotions to be present was an amazing discovery.
I shifted. I felt transformed entirely. I realised that all of my pain was a result of a story. A dramatised creation built on a figment of my imagination.
As I realised this I felt a profound sense of peace. I experienced a deeper sense of who I really am. I felt transformed.
The painting above is about our own transformation. It's about who we really are beneath the stories, the drama and the imagined worlds we create. Life invites us to enter into what is right here in front of us. Only our full and complete presence can transform who we are at our most fundamental level.