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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: DO YOU HAVE A BAND-AID?

We put so much emphasis on trying to make ourselves feel better, doing whatever we think will make the pain go away. There are tons of self-help books, DVDs and programs trying to show us many ways to cover up our wounds with Band-Aids—as if that really fixes the problem.

We put so much emphasis on trying to make ourselves feel better, doing whatever we think will make the pain go away. There are tons of self-help books, DVDs and programs trying to show us many ways to cover up our wounds with Band-Aids—as if that really fixes the problem.

We are a society who always finds ways to sugarcoat, cover up and hide our pain and insecurities from both ourselves and others. This creates a problem in our world—you have a bunch of people walking around, living in illusion and hiding away from their core self. They’re like spiritual zombies. They don’t know the truth of who they are and why certain situations or experiences bother them. It’s truly sad that we have lost touch with the experience of life by not really understanding our emotions and why we have them.

We all want to feel better, but we don’t want to take the time to actually be better. We’d rather cover up our wounds—in hopes that no one will see what’s beneath—than be vulnerable and open to working out the pain, insecurity and fear that we’ve created in our lives. The reason people replace their wounds and pain with superficial nonsense is because they’re afraid to take the journey of true transformation. Somewhere deep inside, they believe that if they surrender to the path, they will lose control or die. It seems that the only way the spirit can get the attention of a human being is to create life-threatening situations or dire consequences that affect health, wealth and overall well-being.

Most of the unpleasant occurrences in life happen to us because we are not willing to listen to our truth of who we are and what our soul desires from its core. We are not willing to surrender to life. We want the quick fix. We want the miracle drug. We don’t want to have to go through the sacred evolution that we signed up for in this thing called life. So how do we do that? How do we take the journey? We allow ourselves a chance to embrace our wounds, go into our pain, feel our anger, know our sadness and let it out. We let ourselves experience it.

Follow the pain right to the core so that it can truly be healed and you won’t have to keep living it over and over. The lesson is not in running or hiding; the lesson is in humility. It helps you build strength and character that lasts throughout your entire life and can be shared with others. However, you must be willing to take the journey. You must be willing to feel the pain, for pain is only present when you are in resistance to the call of your life.

Every hero in every story always questions the call to go on the adventure or expedition. The hero is awakened through the resistance of pain and is moved to begin the quest. Yes, there is a fear that you will have to conquer only through wisdom, love and having faith that you are not alone, that you will meet many people on your path that are there to assist you. I say, “Dive in! Take the jump! Rip off your Band-Aids! Don’t cover up. Don’t hide. For your wounds, pain, insecurity and fears are there to strengthen you.”

The next time you feel sad or angry, sit with it. Be with it and see where it takes you. It will be scary; you will feel energy moving through your body. You might even feel like you are having a panic attack. No matter what you experience, go with it. I guarantee that you will make it through—you will gain so much wisdom and feel clear and empowered. Most importantly, you will understand the core principle of being alive. Make a date to confront yourself. Make a date to take off the Band-Aid. Tell yourself you’re ready to hear the call. I know you can do it.