“Hi. My name is Kathy and I’m a recovering human being.” These words came to mind with a chuckle during a recent talk I went to by a local spiritual healer. Her talk was titled “The Treasures of the Soul”, which addressed human consciousness moving toward the Christ consciousness. As an author who writes about the human condition, I couldn’t help but chuckle internally as I absorbed her presentation. In truth, I write about the human condition mostly because I’m still trying to master it myself. Since the best way to learn something is to teach it, I guess I’m both teacher and student. Of course, if I were done learning I wouldn’t still be here, would I???
I resonated deeply with what she was saying and wondered how many others in the room did as well. She talked about the pain and challenges we must face as humans and how our consciousness grows as we work our way through these. It’s sort of the “no pain, no gain” approach, I suppose– a phrase I don’t necessarily ascribe to in many ways, but in the case of our humanity it seems to be the way we develop.
My mission in life is to help people to evolve and to do so I often must teach people how to accept and interpret the goings on of their lives as necessary evils to their growth. Not an easy task as the pain of the human condition cuts deep and any suggestion that these experiences are actually blessings are often met with disdain and rejected accordingly. Until…. the pain subsides enough for people to see beyond the wound. Once this happens, it is often a field day for me as the client or workshop participant is much more able to remove the protective barriers to their wounds and finally begin the healing—and evolutionary—process.
Someone once asked me what had happened in my own life that inspired me to write about the human condition. I was caught off guard by the question both because I am usually the one doing the asking, but also because my own trials and tribulations, although painful, really have served as foundational building blocks for my growth and evolution. These have become so woven into my experience of life that I hardly see them as wounds, and instead, work to embrace these as catalysts to my own expansive consciousness. The difference between myself and others is that I intentionally look for the meaning behind such struggles because I’ve learned that the wounds heal much faster if I can figure out what good they can bring. Trust me, I’ve had my share—just like the rest of the world. And I’m sure I will have more. But the faster we master this human thing, the faster we also return to our most desired state—internal peace.
Just like a recovering alcoholic, drug addict, Catholic, shopaholic, chocoholic ….. whatever, recovering from the human condition never ends—at least not while we are still on earth. We must learn to keep ourselves in check at all times to not succumb to the forces which draw us back into our misery. The “fixes” of the human condition do not include drugs/alcohol, shopping, eating, and so on. Instead, the “soulutions” lie in the multitude of opportunities to learn… to grow beyond where we were just a moment before.
The human condition is either a daily struggle or a daily success. You get to choose. I prefer the success approach, giving into the struggles enough to extract the meaning and harness the growth, then coming out the victor. Yes, I fall off the consciousness wagon at times… get whiny, get frustrated, get tired, and might I say, even a bit bitchy. But in the 12-Step approach of life, I too, must admit that I am human, that I fall, and that like everyone else, I have to take this life thing one day at a time. Like any other human being, I have to work to accept the things I cannot change, find the courage to change those that I can, and hope for the wisdom to know the difference. And with this daily challenge, earn the serenity that comes with evolution.
My name is Kathy, and I’m a recovering human being. Let’s talk.