I sometimes love this phrase and then I sometimes really don’t. Depends how it’s used I suppose; what flow your following.
I was laying around this morning envisioning three paths; three planes of living. One, let’s call it ground level living, is going through life not making any waves. One follows the norms everyone else follows. One doesn’t chart any distinctly new paths, at least nothing too outside the box, nothing that others can’t understand, nothing too radical. One stays within the confines of acceptable and “normal” behavior one’s entire life, no matter at what cost.
Then we have the lower plane. Which is one of deviancy. It burrows under the surface of the “normal” plane. A lot of its activity is necessarily hidden because it is not considered acceptable behavior. Unlawful, sinister, dubious, one finds all sorts of questionable behavior and associates down there. And once one get too involved, too deep, too “pot committed” this becomes ones life and “normal” becomes completely unnatural. One ceases to be happy with just normal anymore.
Then we have the higher plane of life. Which is one of self sacrifice for others and/or the greater good. It is not a seal of approval. It is not a path leading to heaven. It is a path of following ones heart and the beat of a drum that others may never see, hear or understand. There are plenty of guideposts but only ones own work and initiative can propel one forward. It can be a difficult path, arduous, painful even.
This is because it is a singular path made for one person alone. A journey that is custom made for only one soul and no one else. It is one that doesn’t generally come with any recognition, accolades or appreciation. It is one that can feel bitterly lonely and extraordinary difficult because it is a path yet untreaded upon. It is a path that can be steep, unrelenting, and even hazardous.
But the people taking the higher path have deep comfort in their heart knowing there truly was no other path for them to take. And they move on, seeing from their vantage the other two planes very clearly, wielding compassion for those that are blinded to any other way to be.
I feel myself on the latter journey in this life although I have spent a lot of time on both other planes. But I have now come to realize that the path I need to be on is truly my very own to make. This doesn’t make me special. This doesn’t make me better than anyone else or my life better. This doesn’t make for any kind of ease, which is what I thought I wanted all this time.
But it gives me comfort knowing I have finally picked or accepted it (I’m not sure really). But I haven’t let others decide my life for me. I am not just following blindly. I am not needing or seeking approval from anyone besides my own souls awakening. And while I have no idea what lays before me or how hard it may be; at least I know it will be the right way for me.
And I guess that’s good enough really.