As teenagers, my sister and I liked to play tricks on each other (the naked truth — I liked to play the tricks, she tolerated them. I’m the youngest… what can I say? :)).
One night, a girlfriend and I decided that as my sister tended to sleepwalk, we’d play a trick on her. Laughing at our ingenuity, while my sister was sleeping, we took a bite out of a chocolate covered cookie and placed it on the pillow beside her head.
The next morning, she awoke with chocolate smeared all over her face and the sheets. She couldn’t figure out how the cookie got there.
We told her she was sleep-walking. (Naked truth again — we hadn’t counted on her rolling over onto the cookie and the heat of her face making the chocolate melt. We were a bit scared to tell her the truth, so…)
She believed us. For years (and years). Until thirty years later when I fessed up.
The truth is, I thought the story of her sleep-walking was way more interesting than the reality where I was the culprit and she the innocent victim.
The moral of the story? We all sleep-walk through life. It takes a conscious decision to get up close and naked with life for us to awaken from our dreams, and our nightmares.
Naked with life means stripping away the masks, the games, the excuses we employ to protect ourselves from loving intimacy with ourselves, and the world around us. It means, letting go of the stories we tell about why we fear being vulnerable, being real, being hurt.
It means letting go of our fear that life will hurt us.
Life will serve up hurts and pains, joys and triumphs. It’s up to each of us to decide how we want to carry life’s happenings. In secret. As a burden. As a deadly weight. As an opportunity to learn and grow and become more intimate with ourselves. The choice is always ours.
We are not separate from life, we are one with life.
This life, the one we’re living right now, is all we’ve got to live. When we choose naked contact with it, we are choosing to grow, to learn, to become more intimate with ourselves and in that intimacy, to grow vulnerable and real with the world around us.
Sure, we can stay all decked out in our stories. We can hold onto our fears and life will continue on. Day by grinding day.
To get naked, to reveal our true selves, to fall fearlessly and consciously in love with ourselves, is a constant journey into the wonder and mystery that sparkles within the multi-faceted, ever fascinating aspects of truly knowing, being, living as Me. Myself. and I.
Why not try it on? Get naked. Get real. Get living awake!
One of the most fulfilling and rewarding ways I have ever found to get naked and real with my life has been through Choices Seminars.
And wouldn’t you know it — a brand new session begins today at noon. If you’re in Calgary and environs, you still have time to give yourself the gift of awakening to the wonder and mystery of you! I invite you to check it out!
Blessings on you for this amazing post. Those demons and nightmares get even more tough as we age. Now that I am in my 64th year, I thank you for suggesting another way to look at life rather than through a lens of regret, fear or anger. You are so kind to give us this wisdom.
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And you are so kind to write what you did John. Thank you. I really appreciate your words and heart. ❤
Yeah so many people sleep walk through life, in some ways myself included but the older I get the more I love life and try to truly enjoy it
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I’m with you Joanne! And Happy Birthday!!!!