There is a well-worn path we learn to tread. It is a path worn smooth by thought, by a perspective that one self is inevitably pitted against another, that love is a refuge in the storm of life rather than the foundation of it all.
When we become aware that there is another option–a blossoming, a becoming rather than a striving, a flow with rather than a struggle against, our thoughts may still tread this same old and familiar path of separation, judgment and conflict.
Every time we remember, though, we step off that old path. Over time, as we heal, as we learn to accept ourselves and to appreciate others, that new path does not require conscious thought or strong focus to tread. It becomes the new habit. We have, patiently and steadily over time, though our willingness to feel, to release, to heal, to see clearly, made that path easy to tread.
Still, that original path of blame and judgment has been there for a long time, and we originally associated it with a sense of comfort, with our identity and the identities of others in comparison with us. The muscle memory is still there, in a sense. The thoughts that spring from that path, the path of striving for individual glory or innocence, return to us and almost seem believable. They are temptations.
Then something new happens. Our strength grows. Our power grows. Our vision becomes sharper. Our ability to express love comes more freely and easily. We feel more relaxed, more inspired, more empowered. This power comes from the intent to live in harmony, in alignment with Divine Will. The new path that is becoming easier and easier to tread is the path of Divine Will, and when we’re walking there our actions benefit all and come from love for all, even and especially if some others find them disturbing. Light can disturb, at first.
Then a wonderful thing begins to happen. The old pathway of conflict, judgment and blame begins to grow in. First it’s covered with grass. Still accessible, but obviously not overused. Then small shrubs begin to grow in it, tree seedlings sprout up. It would take some effort to use this path now, and it is clear that it is not worth it. We abandon the path easily and willingly, and eventually it is indistinguishable from the rest of the forest. It’s as if it had never been.