“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” E. E. Cummings
As life tumbles us with a myriad of experiences of which we adjust, try to digest and survive, whilst endeavouring to thrive, a very subtle shift happens. We leave energetically. We stop taking our place, as fully ourselves, right in this moment. I don’t mean intellectually, although we do tend to be in the past or future in our thoughts, but energetically.
There is no other you. There is no other you having your experiences. There is no other who was born to be you, as you are. Sure there are other people with similar experiences, but there is no other you.
Taking your place means, right now in this moment taking your place fully, in life, as it is. It takes a fierce presence with what is, not to move from it, or argue with yourself that you could or should be different, it just is. Right now means taking your place in the fierceness of life, right in this moment. There is no other moment.
“Shame has this whole effect on people – they want to disappear – they don’t want to be here”. Dr Stephan Porges
As feelings arise, simply take your place and let feelings come and go, they will not move you if this is fully embraced, owned and embodied.
One could ask “what would it take for you to fully take your place right here and right now”, although that is not even needed as we move from intellectualising to energetically being present!
So the invite is to take your place in your life, (no one can do this for you) right here and right now, fully as an embodied experience. Fully from the tips of your toes, to the top of your head, tips of your fingers to the tip of your nose. No one else has this life, yet you are never alone.
Take your place in this moment is your birthright. Running away just makes one prone to the experience of being a pebble on the foreshore. Take your place and don’t move from here energetically, then see what happens to the feelings, thoughts and sensations. When they come, you do not have to work them out, or fix them, or resist them, simply welcome them, as you sit in that fierce compassion for self. Directly experience them, they will then burn up in you, along with the memory that created them. Taking your place, in this moment, is an act of the deepest compassion and full embrace of who you are.
Its your birthright, your place, live it!