It is scary for us to do. To open ourselves up, to really open ourselves up to the conversation life really wants to have with us. We have been made to be so afraid of wandering outside some kind of protective frame that has been placed around us to keep us "safe"....to where we never really enter into the mystery and beauty and danger of the conversation which desires to open us up to a never ending progression of discovery.
Often times what we come to accept as the light and good ends up not being so, but instead is more like walls that really keep us from what we need.
"With no consideration, no pity, no shame
They've built walls all around me, thick and high
And now I sit here feeling hopeless
I can't think of anything else
This fate gnaws my mind
Because I had so much to do outside
When they were building the walls
How could I have not noticed
But I never heard the builders, not a sound
Imperceptibly they've closed me off from the outside world."
~ C.P Cavafy
When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
~ David Whyte ~
(House of Belonging)