I owe most of my recent growth to vulnerability and surrender. Most importantly, I am working to accept my wrongdoings. I've hurt others so I might still switch some shit up if my time machine worked, but in a higher place I wear my regrets as badges of merit because I've learned that we put ourselves into sticky situations for the sake of growing out of them should we have the courage to do so. Disasters can present amazing spiritual opportunity if we're willing to roll with the punches then do the work.
I had settled on this idea not long ago that Earth is the University of Hard Knocks and it is, but it is so much more. This University will teach us in any way we are willing to learn. My most rapid periods of growth happen to have come from hard knocks classes of trauma and regret, but I now believe that's only because I've disengaged in times of bliss. I always saw those joyful times as reward for all of the painful ones or, at the very least, as a break from the madness of me. That's what I'm realigning now.
My new manifesto is that I can manifest happiness by learning from happiness. In other words, if I don't disengage when bliss comes my way, if I instead seek the learnings in the bliss, do the work, and grow from the bliss even more than I have from hard knocks, the University will have no choice but to present me with a curriculum of happy classes. Can you dig that? Can I?
You, Earthling, have to go to school (well, you don't... you could be one of those boring, static, zombie people), but perhaps you don't have to enroll in hard knocks classes so long as you chose to be an active student in the blissful ones. So when I wake up to the satisfying smile of my next beloved or, now, as my sacred work has fallen to me out of the sky, I won't say, "thank you Universe, I really needed this, what a relief, I need this vacation" but instead say, "thank you Universe, thank you so very much, AND this seems like a pretty kick ass class, what are the lessons I'm to learn in this?, and I bet it's just a prereq, right?, show me more!"
Who knows? This might just work. But enough with the work. Let's replace the work with the play because the play actually works. I think it's time to major in happiness. Hope to see you in class.
Love and Planets,
P.S. - those "boring, static, zombie people" are as equally valid and important as the most enlightened guru and I value their existence as much as I do yours. You're just a lot more fun than they are.