Awakening to both our divinity and humanity

Image: Abigail Keenan

There’s a lot written (yes, including from yours truly) about removing ourselves from our stories. It’s extremely powerful to be able to step out of the drama and see it for what it is.

When we live inside the movie that is our life — without the awareness that it is, after all, just a movie — life can be really scary. Or happy. Or sad. Or boring. Or whatever emotion that storyline is causing us to feel at the time.

Being able to see the stories we create is powerful because it’s then that we can be free of them. We can step away from them and see them out there as opposed to being controlled by them.

But there’s a huge problem if we just stop there. Because here’s the thing… We’re human. We’re spiritual beings having a human experience. Yes — a fantastically human experience.

This ride can be awesome. But the kicker is — what makes it awesome is the same thing that can make it miserable — our thoughts, feelings, and emotions about the stories.

We don’t go to the movies to remind ourselves that it’s just a movie. Sure, it’s nice to be able to when things get too intense. But that’s not why we go.

We go to plop our asses down with a huge vat of imitation butter-laden popcorn and enjoy the damn movie. To be taken away. We go to have an experience. And here in these human forms, we’re doing the same thing. We’re having a human experience. There’s no shame in this.

That’s the freedom that comes with awareness.

When we have awareness, we can be aware of our human experience while being able to play with it more.

Sure, we can get caught up in the drama. Yes, we can be heroes or villains or victims or whatever we choose to cast ourselves as. But we can also put things in perspective knowing that it’s not as real as we once believed.

This whole ‘awakening’ thing is a balance. It’s as much about maintaining our humanity as it is to awaken to our divinity.

We can easily overcompensate and go too spiritual to escape the human. And this makes sense — especially after something bad or scary happens.

But it’s only half of what’s on offer. In this human form, we can have both. And we should enjoy both.

And grab me some Milk Duds while you’re up.


Jonas Ellison is a transformative coach and writer who helps people slay their egos and realize their full creative potential. To get his short vignettes in your inbox daily, click here.

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