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.