Social connections. We all desire to be a part of something bigger. Without these connections we feel lost, alone, and scared. We are naturally social creatures. Our heart and souls require connectivity for purpose and support. But the kind of connections we have and make can keep us small or challenge us to be big. They can serve us or confine us.
Our first experience of this social web is our family. They leave the biggest imprint on us and this guides us in our formation of future independent connections. There are school connections, interest connections, work connections, and connections of connections. Some of us have but a few, others have hundreds (or thousands if you feel a Facebook ‘friend’ is a connection).
In all of these myriad of bonds, how many are authentic to you? Why are they there? Maybe they have a function. Someone to talk sports with, someone to hear music with, someone to cry with, someone to laugh with. Maybe you feel obligated because they are family, your “best” friend, or they have no one else to connect with. How honest can you be with them? How challenging can they be with you?
For most of my life, a part of me chose the safest connections. The ones that were least resistive or challenging. The ones that kept him safe and comfortable. This part was, and to some degree still is, very much obligated to family connections even if they didn’t resonate with him any longer. To truly live into my soul experience, I had to temporarily withdraw from these connections. This was a difficult choice and one that this part of me regrets on some level.
Magdalene offers me that our social web be created from the inside out. We must feel ourselves in our loving authenticity and then create bonds that nurture and challenge its growth. To stay in contact with someone that does not resonate with your higher purpose is not self-loving to you or compassionate to them as you are just enabling their fear of growth and change.
But sometimes we may need to back into these bonds. Our parts may need to feel them again in relation to how we are now. We may need to own something that we did to them. They may own something they didn’t feel before. New ground may surface or not. Regardless, we get to feel ourselves again in a new way, in contrast to who we were. We get to heal our heart and feel our soul journey with more clarity.
And to that, Magadalene says…Amen.
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