No Rose Without Thorns

Rose with thornThere’s no crazy without brilliant; no wisdom without ignorance; no love without hate; and no courage without fear.

Yet we hope to be one without the other – a rose without a thorn. We forget our agreement – to fully experience the light and the dark; to BE human.

We can’t own our gifts or our divinity without also owning our pitiful selves and our stupidity; without realizing that our mistakes are what we came here for. They’re our greatest moments of awakening.

There’s no north without south; no found without lost; no laughter without tears; and no sunrise without sunset.

We come here to feel and express it all; to move through the crazy and find the wisdom; to move through hell and find heaven. Only then can we clearly choose light over dark; love over hate; and wisdom over fear. This is our mission here in the dense realm.

Pretending to be perfect – all good, brilliant, and enlightened is our greatest human flaw. Perfection is our impossible dream here on Planet Earth. How we waste time longing for it, and seeking it in others.

When our beloveds’ weaknesses are fully revealed, we stone them, hate them – just as we hate ourselves, for not being perfect, for being ONLY human. We’re missing the point of being human; and hurting others with our ignorance.

How eager we are to see another’s flaws – to forget that we hold the same flaws in our hands, are made from the same fabric, have spoken the same words, and made the same mistakes. To realize our divine nature is to know that we are all made of this same imperfect fabric.

Create your beautiful life. Sew perfection into every moment. But embrace the defects hidden in your cloth; know that under the surface, your beautiful life is woven with the same anxieties, fears, hatreds, and mistakes as your greatest enemy. Then you’ll realize why there’s nothing ever to forgive.

You’ll offer a hand to the one who hurt you most; you’ll help them see their gifts and remember their divinity. You’ll help them be who they came here to be. Doing this will save you.

The moment you see that your greatest shame, your greatest pain, is also your greatest gift – you’ll understand why you’re here and who you are.

Love your pain and fear – embrace your darkness. It will lead you to your gifts, your courage and your divinity; it will open your heart. Love the entire story of your imperfect life, especially the grotesque mistakes and ugly self-doubt.

Release your need for perfection in anyone or anything; love the rose along with its thorns. These are the same thorns that live in your heart -alongside the gift of your boundless love.

Become the person who loves the thorn and the gift in everyone – including yourself. Know that one can’t exist without the other. Doing this will heal you.

And it will save the life of everyone you meet.

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