Dear Ones –
Nobody has ever expressed this sentiment better than Michael Leunig does here, in this small poem and this lovely drawing.

My wish for you all is that you each learn how to hold your own hand, and how to be alone together with yourself in kindness.

It took me 34 years to be able to sit together with myself in peace. (Trust me — up until that point, my mind was a neighborhood you did NOT want to walk around alone in at night.) Back in the day, I would choose to be with anyone rather than be alone — no matter how degrading the interaction might have been. I filled my life with endless distractions, dramas, toxic relationships, terrible impulses, bottomless emotional needs — and all just to make sure that another and I would never be left in the same room together, unattended, forced to face each other.

Then—when everything else had failed, and when I had made an utter mess of my existence—I finally put me in a room alone with me. I said to me, “You and I need to come to terms.”

It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen. Me and myself finally did come to terms. Better than declaring a mere truce, we came to a place of love. We finally did reach across the divide of fear and ignorance, and take each other’s hands and promise: “I will never inflict harm upon you again.”

I’ve had two births, is how I see it.

The first birth was when I showed up here on earth as a screaming infant.

The second birth was when I finally learned how to stop waging war upon myself.

Someday I hope to master the art of waging sincere and loving peace upon EVERYONE—of reaching across every kind of darkness to offer a hand to anybody whatsoever, no matter what. Still working on that. Well. That will be the greatest birthday of all.

Also – this makes me think about the second coming of Christ ! Oh my – what fun it will be to dive into that, too!

Expansion is my word and my work for 2024! Thank you for sharing this journey sy with me. I love you deeply, for in Truth we are old friends. We are One. 💜🦋

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