How To Share Your Wisdom With Others
The experience of feeling joy in every moment is incredible, as many of you will know. Living in a state of thankful appreciation for the miraculous beauty of the world is an amazing sensation. Understanding your connection with all things to the point that wherever you look, you see a part of you, is inspiring.
People who experience these moments naturally want to share them with others. We want others to live in a state of love and joy, as we know that it multiplies exponentially when shared.
Yet, once we see the world this way, many of us feel alone and alienated from the people around us. We try to tell them about the wonders of our universe, but many of them raise walls, trying to protect themselves from our ‘eccentric’ views.
This leads to frustration, as though we are on a roller coaster that is ready to take off on an exciting and unknown ride, and we’ve stopped just short of the top of the first big hill. We’re stuck there, straining to move ahead, willing the ride to get going. Sometimes we might feel almost overwhelmed by the grinding combination of joyful understanding and exasperation over the hold-ups. We want everyone to lean in together to get the ride moving, and don’t understand why they won’t even consider it as an option.
I know it is difficult, but we cannot push things before their time. We have to travel the paths we have chosen. There are no short cuts, despite the fact that we know where we will end up.
It is like trying to have a conversation with a friend, in which you know what they are going to say the whole way through your chat, right to the last word. It might be difficult to stay in the moment, and not jump right to the end of your discussion, but you have to stay calm, supportive and patient. Think of how your friend would feel if you talked over him, and told him you already knew everything he was going to say, so there was no point him saying it?
Just because you see where it is going, doesn’t mean that you can speed everyone else through it. They need to have their own experiences in order to grow and fully understand. So we need to be patient. We need to put our information out there, and trust that when people are ready, they will find it, and they will be experienced enough - awake enough - to understand it.
Trying to wake people up before they are ready is like trying to rush a stuttering child. You know it is not helpful to speak the words for the struggling child; saying the words might help you, but it doesn’t help the child feel her own sense of expression. You certainly don’t get upset with her that the thoughts are not yet able to flow freely. You understand that if you did, everyone would just get upset, tense up, and close themselves down to the natural flow of possibilities. But many people who live in a state of joy don’t consider that this is exactly what happens when we try to force our understanding on others.
It may be true that you will reach a larger audience by shouting through a megaphone, but you will reach a more receptive one if you whisper.
I have met a great number of spiritual people who are so touched by their love for the world that they want to share it in all its brilliance with everyone they see. These spiritual people are often then shocked to find that the people around them shy away and seem guarded. Some of them have told me that they let their light shine brightly, so everyone can see it, and if people like it, they like it; if not, that’s their problem.
While I appreciate and understand their views, and want them to continue to do what they feel is right for them, I have found a way that works better for me.
Imagine you have just stepped out of a dark movie theater into the brilliance of a mid-summer afternoon. The brightness of the sunshine is likely to make you reach for your sunglasses, to shield you from the strength of that light. However, if you approach the exit slowly, allowing your eyes time to adjust, you can step straight out and take in the full glory of the light.
It isn’t just people who react in this manner to a sudden onslaught of energy. If you walk directly at a stray cat it will run, and if you run after a butterfly will flutter away. But when approached gently, and offered time to adapt, the cat and the butterfly will climb on to you, wanting to be close to the love you have to offer. This is a real world experience that I have been sharing with my children. They and their friends watch in amazement every summer as animals come to me, and butterflies climb onto my open hands, sitting on my arms, stomach and shoulders while I work in the garden.
If this approach can work with butterflies, it can surely work with people.
So let people see that you are gentle, loving and safe. Let them enjoy your beauty from a comfortable distance, and when they are ready, share some of your vast wisdom with them, a little at a time. Think of it as a process of slowly, gently, birthing a new soul into your world. Don’t try to rush it, no matter how excited you might be to look into the eyes of a newly awakened being.