Sink or Swim

Medicine comes in a million different forms and could broadly be put on a spectrum ranging from acerbic to sublime.

Medicine is that which unbinds your heart. That which sets you free.

What type of medicine you receive depends on the issue being faced, your character, and the intensity of your commitment towards realizing truth.

Typically (though not always), the more challenging the issue, the more resilient your character, and the more intense your commitment, the more bitter the medicine is going to be.

Bitter medicine by and large has greater transformative power than sweeter versions. That’s why.

Bitter medicine might mean challenging relationships, disillusionment, injury, and sudden changes of course requiring radical adaptations.

The adept able to perceive the connection between the sting of the circumstance and the potential of it to heal, never says, “Why me?” She sees the diamond in the stone and digs in.

We are always benefited by remembering that creativity responds to creation. Ask any artist. When the songwriter begins to write, something comes along to steady her hand.

At critical life junctures, we are asked to shed the old to make room for something new and, if we are wise, we do just that. During such times, we may experience grief, panic, and be required to endure uncomfortable levels of uncertainty.

The work before you might seem beyond your ability, as it is for a bird before its first flight.

However, like the bird, you have been prepared. You have the resources. You have the ability.

Now, it is a matter of putting them all to use.

And when you do?

You find the air is heavy beneath your wings.

You Already Know

A part of you knows what you need, what comes next, and how the story ends.

It’s located deep in your subconscious and speaks to you in whispers of insight, guidance, and inspiration. At times, it literally controls your behavior.

We go looking outside ourselves for an answer when we aren’t aware of this voice, or have not yet developed sufficient trust in it. Belief in bad luck persists, so does worry and insecurity.

Unhealthy diet, over consumption of media, “busyness” and doing, and general lifestyle stress keep us from hearing ourselves. At such times, we feel we need breaks, vacations, and the like. Fasting and removal becomes a needed medicine.

“I know what I need to do but am afraid to do it” is similarly problematic. We have achieved a certain level of inner clarity but still worry that things will not turn out well.

Here, letting go becomes a needed medicine. Letting go of attachment to outcome. Letting go of the need to be right. Most importantly, letting go of the concept that there is a distinct “you” to begin with—single, independent, and at risk of getting hurt.

Remember that much as a wave enjoys its unique identity, it is also the ocean (as the ocean is also a wave).

Maybe that part of you that knows what comes next and how the story ends is telling you exactly what is needed to realize the deepest dream of your heart?

Maybe it’s worth finding out.

Dig In

Faith — knowing all is well and always will be — can take you far.

It’s what propels any dreamer. He or she knows answers will come, even if evidence presents to the contrary.

Faith is what starts the creative process. If the Wright Brothers were deficient in it in any way, we might not be flying in airplanes today.

At the same time, we wouldn’t trust an inexperienced pilot who assures his passengers, “I don’t know what all these switches do but I can figure it out.” You’d be right to find the nearest exit and run the other way.

You can run high on the faith that all your finances will be OK and get behind on rent. Easily.

Training, also, is important. That’s your end of the bargain. (Think about what that means.)

Training means digging your heels in. Studying. Getting the license. Getting the certificate. Making the plan. Making the budget. Working out.

Weight does not lose itself, no more than muscles build on their own.

You have to do the work.

Training, alone, similarly is not the answer either. Training without faith becomes a grind, and eventually wears you out.

Where faith and training meet — like hydrogen bonding to oxygen — that is how dreams get made and your sense of self, realised.

That is living with purpose.