Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas + Other Cool Stuff from Week 1 of Karen Casey's 4-week course, Getting Unstuck.
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Big Idea #1: Partners in a Dance
We are traveling with many people in this experience called life. Each person is on our path for a reason.
Karen has learned from Carolyn Myss that, before we came into this incarnation, we made a kind of sacred agreement with the people in our lives to teach each other what our souls have to know.
Karen told the class a story about how a person on her path victimized her sexually at one point in her life. It was difficult to deal with the pain this trauma caused, but eventually she came to see that the other person was in her life so that she could learn true forgiveness. Learning forgiveness in this deep way has enabled her to teach it to others.
In a way that is at times unfathomable, we are all partners in a mystical dance where the steps are the evolution of our souls.
Big Idea #2: Dance to Your Own Tune
Karen began to people-watch very early on in her life, trying to figure out what was the right thing to do or say, how she could best please the people around her. Only when she got to Al-Anon did she understand that she could dance to her own tune.
Another challenge for Karen was allowing her partners to dance to the melodies they heard. When she was in 7th grade, she was the best jitterbugger in her school and taught all the boys in her class how to do the dance. As a teacher, she was leading the boys, and this was an approach she took in life in general, at times manipulating situations in order to get people to dance to her tune. She wanted to be the leader of every dance and every encounter.
Today, Karen has overcome her need to control others, and teaches us that we can let go of our need to control the people around us, get unstuck and be free.
Big Idea #3: Letting Go
It’s easy to get hooked by the behavior of others. When we’re hooked and engage with others from that constricted place, our behavior is disruptive. We want to disengage from the get-go, then we can save ourselves the anguish of an unnecessary battle.
Letting go is about detaching with love and allowing others to be free of our judgment. When we let go we let others know that we love them enough to let them live their own journey and have their own drama.
In letting go, we stop taking hostages, stop acquiring people that we must hold onto no matter what. Our companions are divinely present, but they are not to be held hostage. We teach each other lessons, but we don’t try to control how or when those lessons are learned.
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-the en*theos Team