Negotiations and love songs are often mistaken for one and the same.Paul Simon
Overcast mood meets the grey skies of a Sunday morning. Denseness so penetrating that action steps for the few next minutes are blurred-out, let alone for upcoming days.
Knee-deep in Blog Slog. Body-feeling like the ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ inside of my own skin. Sunny disposition, caught in a blizzard.
Some kinda sh*tstorm.
What to do, but dial up a universal help-line – of the heavenly variety.
But here’s an oddity. Over several months, each inquiry to the 44-card Angel Guide Oracle has been met with one message out of the same recurring three.
Vulnerability and Freedom. Yet again.
And, right on time.
You see, I’ve been hard at work pleading my own case in the courtroom of Life.
Negotiating and double-dealing my way out of whatever ‘wrenching feeling’ or ‘rattling circumstance’ has made its way to my front door.
You guessed it. All of my best shots were gaveled down.
But kept pushing through …
Using distraction, thank god, to preserve my sanity. Just enough to keep respectable social distance between myself and the next blind curve.
Believe me when I tell you that when it comes to ‘controlling life’, there’s no harder work to be done.
So what does vulnerability have to do with negotiation?
Negotiation wants what IT wants, when IT wants, the way IT wants.
It’s a two-fisted approach to winning in life that takes no prisoners.
But Life is agile. Always ready to meet your gambit and raise you ten.
So, here’s a heads up. If you’re still runnin’ the same habit tracks in your tired old sneakers … you’re risking a smash-up into that ‘ole familiar brick wall.
Ahem. Vulnerability …
… is about giving in without giving up.
You’re bruised and bloody from the latest round, play-acting your mortal roles as a winner and a loser.
You’ve got to jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.Ray Bradbury
You’ve got your eye on that cliff edge.
Letting go is your chapel. Your only hope.
(Prayin’ hard that your muscles are buff enough to build wings.)
Wheeeee! Before you know, down you go.
Releasing your grip was the easiest thing you’ve ever not done.
You didn’t do this … because you can’t.
Life takes you when She is ready. And, not one heartbeat before.
Free-falling into the arms of vulnerability… carried, on the exhale of surrender.
Because you see, vulnerability has no agenda. It’s completely unburdened by the hard edges of Negotiation and Control.
This is where the Freedom part comes in.
Negotiations and Love Songs are never the same.
Once we really get that, Life is a sweet and softer glide.
The transition from your way to Life’s way … as we awaken in consciousness, we realize that Life’s way is our true nature. And we realize it so deeply, that we allow it to flow through us freely.Matt Kahn