Who am I? we ask ourselves…
We have this incredible gift, the gift of creating archetypes: victims, judges, heroes, and villains, victims who became heroes and ones who become villains, heroes and villains who are born that way, just rulers and evil kings.
These archetypes are our first attempt at personifying the forces of light and darkness locked for eternity in a martial dance on the stage of life.
And this gift has served us greatly. Through these archetypes we develop our ability to discern good from evil. In these stories, we find the inspiration to connect with the heroes within all of us and become our own Adam Kadmon – the superhuman.
That is a necessary, albeit rudimentary level of discernment. And when we stop there, we affix these archetypes to humans. We make others and ourselves into those very victims, judges, heroes and villains. And as we do that, we lose our fluid compassion and the more nuanced understanding, that these forces are not us, they only act through us.
At one time, we were all villains. Take another snapshot and watch us become heroes. We have all been victimized by circumstance, and we have all abused it.
We develop this attachment to identity, to being a martyr, a saviour, a leader, a wielder of the sword of justice, and a compassionate healer, ironically, because we have learned very early on that to be accepted, we have to parade our goodness and lock away our badness.
And so we walk around, fragments of ourselves, play acting in a world of other play actors, crying our sob stories and boldly advertising our wins until we forget that we have adopted a role; we forget who we are.
Don’t get me wrong, there is every reason for us to share. Can we do that though without falling into our narratives? Can we refine our art of sharing to the point that even when we are in the very act of telling, we are embedding the space for “the other story”?
When we lock away the darkness, within us it grows, and all around us. For darkness loves hidden corners. Darkness loves the dark.
We make our underworld, and it manipulates our conscious world. We see pain, but we think it is not one that we have created. It surely is the making of another. And so, naturally, just as we have done with our own darkness, we lock “them” away.
And the underworld grows, in the depths of our psyche and the prisons of our world. It gains strength, its enchanting siren song pulling us ever closer, to the brink of emptiness, impersonality, brutality, righteousness and insanity.
We need to accept that these forces are real. AND, we need to accept that they are not us.
We are the eye that is seeing, the heart that is loving, the will that is choosing.
And in the moments when we are, no matter how brief or long, we are – Adam Kadmon.
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Blog collaboration: Mike Popovici & Lulwa Saffarini, Blog written by: Lulwa Saffarini
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