Kwan Yin, one of my favorite mythical figures, is the Chinese Goddess of compassion. In some imagery she rides a dragon to her desired destination. Yes! What an image, what an idea – is it possible that the terrible dragon of evil is docile and supportive when it is perceived through the heart of kindness? I’m banking on it – striving for it – and just getting with that idea on many levels. How can I ride my own personal dragon to my happy place?
“The Divine speaks in paradox”… if this is true then seeking the troubling paradox is a worthwhile pursuit. What does that actually mean? How do I use a paradoxical situation as a way out of suffering? Here’s one of the most confusing paradoxes – if you want to get what you want, let it go. I can only recommend trying this, as it does seem paradoxical that when we grasp desperately for something (or someone) that it (or they) remains safely out of reach until the burning desire transforms itself into something else. Is that always true? Perhaps, I’m not privy to that knowledge but it has shown itself to be true in my life.
Another paradox is the mind-bending idea that everything we need is within us already. If so, then why does it seem that we need the external reality so much?
How does this jive with the well known law of attraction? If we need to match the energy of what we seek to be able to attract it, then what happens when we have a frenzied, desperate feeling what shows up? Usually not what we want, usually the opposite of what we want.
How has this shown itself to be true in your life… ?
Perhaps one reasons a paradox is a link to higher awareness has to do with its ability to derail our mind. Like a Zen koan, there doesn’t seem to be a true answer to any paradox. There is an ugly dog contest in a nearby town, that has grown to national proportions. If the phrase “so ugly, it’s beautiful” comes to mind here, sink into that paradox for a bit… here’s another one: “poor little rich child”…or this one “I’m so tired I can’t sleep”… our lives are filled with opposites, all creating an opportunity to see beyond the conditioned expectations of our culture. Recognizing the space between two poles creates an opening for truth, for wisdom, for expansion and joy. Step on through!