Can you feel it? I mean can you really feel it? Can you feel anything? Or have you so crawled into the safe haven of your intellect and used it to construct a barrier so thick that feeling anything is out of the question – with the possible exception of feeling terrified to feel?
“Oh my God, what is he asking? How is he, an Anglican, one of God’s frozen chosen, daring to ask me to feel? Has he been at the altar wine?”
I haven’t been at the altar wine, and maybe I’m not as Anglican as you think. At any rate, I just want you to feel. Find someone you trust, lock yourself in a room and feel. Feel your pain, feel your joy, feel your disappointment, feel life – make yourself vulnerable, scare the hell out of yourself, and tell someone your story! If you don’t have anyone you can trust, you need to find someone. If you are in a helping profession, you need to find someone quickly because I guarantee it is long overdue.
Why do I care? I care because I want you to open yourself radically to life and love. I want you to lay yourself open to everything there is to experience, to the subtleties of what can’t be seen and can only be felt, and you can only do that if you drop your defenses and experience transcendence crashing into your life. That transcendence comes in many forms, but the most shocking of all is love – and love is also the most frightening, because nobody touched by authentic, selfless love can help but change – and change for the better….but you have to let it in.