By Terry Ludwig
© 2012 Diversity Rules Magazine and Terry Ludwig. All Rights Reserved.
Terry’s brother Rob died of AIDS in 2004 and left her his writings of which Keep Up Now is the result. Terry can be reached at [email protected]
“Undeniably as individuals we have fallen prey to self-hatred or at least guilt or depression of one kind or another. That’s ok, because we have the right to hurt ourselves. That momentary inner defeat is our consciousness. We have acted against our own compassionate spirit. But within that collective spiritual depth of pain there is within each of us a single ray of hope, yet unmeasured. We are light whose frequency is timeless; whose source is boundless and are ourselves open channels of creative force from which we shine.” – Rob Ludwig
Life begins with a seed; a thought. We plant it, nurture it and watch it grow. We pour our heart into it. It becomes our tree; the story of our life. It is our job, our children, our friends, our material worth, and it becomes the self we come to know. It is modeled after our domestication and pruned by our experiences. As it grows we bond with it, love and protect it.
We have become so attached to the story of our life, that any disturbance triggers a reaction to protect and clutch it tighter. Our happiness, health and security depend on the safety of our mighty tree. We have identified with our story, and have become the tree we planted. The dilemma is… this is not who we are. We are so much greater than we have allowed ourselves to be.
I was recently told of a man who had successfully carved out a niche in his profession and created a comfortable life for his wife and daughter. During the economic downfall, he lost his job. He turned to alcohol to numb his troubles. Unable to find work, his depression spiraled out of control. He lost his health benefits, and discovered, on top of everything else, he had a heart condition that required surgery. He couldn’t see his way out of the darkness and chose, instead, to end his life by committing suicide. This story is all too familiar.
We are a society who has forgotten who they are. We have traded our souls for possessions we thought would provide security, peace and happiness. These effects turned into trappings, concealing our true power and authenticity. There is a great force at work that we have silenced within us; a force so mighty that when we connect with it, we can literally move mountains. We are not alone.
When the tree we have nurtured begins to shake, it’s a wakeup call. The Universe is trying to tell us, it’s time to let go; there is something better in store for us than the story we’ve created. We are co-creators of this life. When we don’t allow the Source within us to guide us, our version of life turns into hell and the more violent our tree shakes.
Loosen your grip on the story you’ve created. Allow the Universe to guide you. Pay attention to new paths that await you. The Universe is shaking your tree because it’s telling you to open your eyes; there is so much more life has to offer. You are a divine co-creator of the Universe and it’s time to take your rightful place and accept the power inherent in who you are. You are greater than you have given yourself permission to be.
There is a light so bright that shines inside of you; but you cannot see it, feel it, or imagine it, while you still clutch “your story”. You’re not alone in this creation of life. You’ve forgotten you are a co-creator. There is a greater force, the Source from which you were created, reaching out to you, offering you another way to happiness.
If you’re facing the dark night of your soul, wrap your arms around yourself and say these simple words.
I love you…
I will no longer do anything to hurt you.
I will always be there for you.
I will carry you out of the darkness.
Then take a good look at what the Universe is offering you. There is a greater plan for happiness and love. It’s just a thought away…
Keep up Now with the stream of higher consciousness and stay connected to the Source.