Down the Rabbit Hole
Sunny 60 Degrees
They say you’re not supposed to “shoot the messenger.” I imagine there’s good reason that evolved to become such a popular expression.
Unfortunately, shooting the sucker is hardly the worst thing you can do. There are far more damaging responses one can provide in the case of someone delivering truth into your world.
If you really want to throw yourself for a loop, just try putting the messenger up on a pedestal where he or she becomes yet another place to which you give away your power.
On my never-ending search for truth, I have a few decades of experience in this area, so I am very well qualified to discuss this one. 🙂
I tend to attract rather flawed (sometimes totally dysfunctional) geniuses. It’s happened many times, which is why I’ve had so much practice with what I’m about to describe.
These folks know a lot and are also extremely human, all at the same time!
First, the genius enters my sphere. Then I absorb an enormous amount of truth. And then I hit the point where I get to choose between realizing this genius IS in fact a fallible human like we all are….OR….putting the being up on a pedestal and offering up a big slice of my autonomy and power.
Far more times than I’m willing to admit, I chose the pedestal.
“Get up there sucker and let me give you all my power!” That’s pretty much how it went.
When you haven’t developed the capacity to HOLD your power, the tendency is to have someone else hold it for you. That’s what I was doing.
Power made me feel uncomfortable.
I imagine this might have been a side effect of my religious training. We always want to please the “teacher” you know, the big God up in front of the class or in the sky. We always want to do everything right. Always want to make up for the fact that we have no value. Heck, even Santa Claus judges people for a living. He’s part of the whole charade too.
Sadly, many of these folks to whom I offered my power were happy to receive it.
But it wasn’t their fault for accepting the gift. It was only my fault for giving it.
Eventually, I realized this immature behavior of mine was a major obstacle to autonomy, primarily because it is so insidious and invisible.
In my case, I never realized I was doing it until it was WAY LATE in the game.
These days, I have a much different approach to my interactions with messengers of truth.
I accept the truth, say thank you, and go on my way.
There is truth everywhere, just waiting for you to discover it.
But no truth requires you to offer your power in exchange. Power is meant to remain with you, always, forever.