Sunday, April 18, 2010

What really is possible anyway?

A few years ago I took a year long class about emotional intelligence. The topic fascinated me and I saw people with gifts I didn't really know existed. There was also a level of inner peace I deeply wanted but recognized I had not yet found. At first I was skeptical of the class, it looked foreign, somewhat weird and I was slightly afraid/apprehensive. Such is the case with things we don't understand. But once I understood what it was and how it worked the fear left and it was replaced by excitement at the range of new possibilities that opened up. And what a range it was. Some of the topics however continued to be somewhat weird, that was my indication that certain topics or extremes were not helpful and so I continued with what did provide me with light and understanding and overall increased understanding of life myself and others.

One of the big understandings of everyone in the class was just what was possible on an inner level. Much of what I learned I gained from participating with my fellow classmates. Each person had their unique story.  Some had experienced terrible trauma in their lives.  I watched my self and others talk about and express varying levels of difficult challenges, pain from the past, scars, reoccurring themes of life, inner questions, challenges, soft spots, points of personal embarrassment, hurt, anger, burden, sorrow. Those things everyone knows are part of life.

Each of us realized that there is more we could do about them than any of us had previously thought.  No one need live with it without hope. Things can be healed. Treasures can be found. Lessons are given to us but we sometimes don't get the complete benefit because we don't know it's possible or available. Without belief in the possibility of increased understanding, or peace, or healing the rest of the path doesn't exist.

So the purpose of this post is a voice to the part of all of us that (perhaps often, perhaps just sometimes) gives up, concludes and says within us "this will never change" "there is nothing else I can do about it" "it's not worth it, I've tried everything and it doesn't work" etc etc etc. "I just have to live with it" "time and suppressing feelings will eventually make you forget"  That stuff may or may not be true.  There is always hope, but we must believe, and be willing to let it work within us.

“You need never be discouraged or afraid. The way through difficulties has always been prepared for you, and you will find it if you exercise faith.”
Henry B. Eyring

It may require a new level of understanding, a whole new thought process, new beliefs, more commandment keeping, more prayer, more spiritual gifts but there the way is prepared.  You will find it if you exercise faith. Mark 9: 23 "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."

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