Human beings are 99.9% the same, and that .01% is what differentiates us. This .01% can be seen as our gift, our specific divine ray. This ray is what we are here to live through, develop, shine forth.
Being held and recognized for who we really are, a divine ray that contributes to life, has life be the creative, joyful, pleasure for which we all yearn.
We think in dualistic terms of either-or, good or bad, right or wrong, worthy or unworthy, and so on. Pathwork is an opportunity to see, know, understand, and feel into where we refuse life as life is.
Submission has a different flavor from intentionally, consciously choosing to appease or please the other. It includes an internal feeling of having betrayed oneself.
The serenity that can be found in true self-responsibility has a divinity to it that can be felt by others. The gift of a deep and profound holding of oneself and life, as if all is in its proper order, vibrates out to the other that life can be trusted after all.
It is we who need to meet ourselves in our darkest hour. Each of us, individually and alone, are the ones to hold the pain, meet the need.
The very human experiences of being hurt, sad, disappointed, frustrated and annoyed are not the personal attack we believe them to be.
Even in our deepest prayer and meditation, life may show up or not. Just as our best seeds in the richest soil may not produce. This is where faith comes in. Faith is easy when we get our way, when life seems to give us just what we want.
The point of this work on the path is to go into the dark, hidden, fear-filled heart. We are to go towards rather than away from all that we have kept ourselves blind to in order to avoid discomfort.