“You can’t just pray about the pain. You must eliminate the pain. Pain is pain, hurt is hurt, fear is fear, anger is anger, and it has no color.” Iyanla Vanzant
Indigenous people have endured unspeakable cruelties. In fact, all people of diverse backgrounds in some way have dealt with resulting pain and injustices personally or as a collective. The pain of the living past is agony we carry in our DNA and emotional pain body that is keeping us from being authentic whether we acknowledge it or not. Identifying with the pain of the past is a victim identity. There is a process to dealing with pain but we can choose to experience victories as well.
Nothing justifies the oppression or excuses the atrocities of our past. However, When we take full responsibility for our own inner space right now with consciousness and seek truth, 1) energy begins to flow that was once blocked, 2) our DNA can be upgraded, 3) and we can learn how to observe the pain body rather than identifying with or unsuccessfully fighting it. The moment we realize the necessity of healing, and are committed to practicing the power of being fully present, we break the attachment and bondage from the torment of our past. We become an alchemist. Our pain then becomes fuel for our consciousness so that consciousness eventually surpasses the pain.
The pain of the past will never be more powerful than existing in the fullness of who we are meant to be today. We can be healed and remove the emotional pain that is cloaking our truest self. Whatever is exposed to the light of consciousness becomes light.
Transformation is always within our reach. Pain is part of the human experience reminding us that we are alive and alerting us when something is wrong. However, carrying the weight of pain throughout our lives is an unnecessary burden. There are lessons the pain can teach us. It is our responsibility to figure that out so that we can release the pain once and for all. We can learn how to look back but with a different perspective. Freedom is our birthright. We can choose to claim what belongs to us if we earnestly desire to be liberated and live authentically.(Inspired by Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
I have proudly studied African history for years.I have invested hours of time, heart, and resources in order to engage in indepth research.The reward has been phenomenally immeasurable. My studies have been significant in my process of becoming more authentic. Recently, I realized I had allowed my personal experiences and studies of African American history to affect me in a way that was displeasing to myself. My pride was actually clouded by my pain. The anger that once boiled at the atrocities my people experienced through racism white supremacy, colonization, and segregation had eventually quieted. However, the pain that accompanied the anger all along was still there.
Once triggered and shocked by the state of my undesirable condition, I looked inwardly to access the help that was waiting to be unlocked at the right time. Transformation has begun! I’m not “there” yet but at least I have left. I know the lessons I am to learn and the responsibility I have to walk in love and truth. I will never forget the love and fervent spirit of my ancestors, but I am finally ready to release the pain. I have no desire to carry the heavy burden any longer. I cannot carry it and get the momentum I need to move forward. I truly want to be free. Further, I understand that I do not have to personally suffer to demonstrate my connection to my ancestral history or appreciation for their rich legacy.
“Pain will lead you to promise”. T.D. Jakes
Copyright by Deana Gordon
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