“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.”
This quote really embodies what this blog is all about and that is bonding with others. Normally, I do a throw back Thursday, but I thought this week since being at John of God in upstate New York at the Omega Institute I would write from a place of the now.
There is something magical about seeing 1,600 people all coming together and wearing the color white to connect with spirit and themselves to ask for an emotional, spiritual, physical, or mental healing. People of all ages, places, health status, all unifying to bond as one singular unit of prayer. It has been an absolutely moving experience as well as challenging.
The thing about being a group with people is that there is typically always one person that just gets under your skin and you feel frustrated with them, or confused, or just think they are down right oblivous to life, and then you have to thank them and realize that is also me. Whatever I judge in that person is something that resides in me as well. This is why we need each other.
We also need those people that we can be totally ourselves with. That person that you can reveal all the darkest parts of yourself and you break down in front of them and they still look at you in the eye and tell you, I love you. That is why we need to bond. Without exposing the truest parts of ourself we live in an illusion of this person of who we think we are supposed to be instead of being ourselves. Why is it we are more afraid of the the true version of ourselves than the masks we wear to fit in or please what we think others expect of us.
The truth is we can only live our truth. What fits best for our individual experience. That being said, we need our tribe to reflect the truest parts of ourselves back to us. The parts that we may deem to intense or not enough this or lacking that, and getting that gental affirmation that we are just right.
That is what I think the most potent experience of John of God has been. It is not the epic hearings that this man has done, which are incredible but the nature of walking around after the day workshop around town and seeing your fellow companions wearing all white and you node and smile knowing we are all in this together.
3 ways to Form your Tribe:
1.) Admit what it is you are interested in
If you like to knit or draw or talk about draconian implants find that person or people that you can get your 100% weird on with. It is important to create healthy expressions of your interests to keep you truly happy. When we are truly happy with ourselves we help stave away things like disease or depression.
2.) Trust your Gut
When you see someone that has a glow about them or you just keep o staring at them or whatever it is trust yourself and go up and introduce yourself. Chances are they are perfect addition to your tribe of your authentic self!
3.) Enroll in something you are interested in
Again, finding what you are interested in and putting action behind it. Perhaps its a retreat, or a healing workshop, knitting, or a dance class, whatever you are passionate about find somewhere in your city that people are doing that thing. If they aren’t, create one of your own on meet up or reddit. The universe can set things up, but it is up to us to put it into action.
Now go out there and find your tribe! If you are lady looking to find your empowerment tribe come and join myself and my tribe member and best friend, Malia Scott at living waters retreat center on Lake Travis. Book today at http://www.illuminatedvitality.com/events.html