AND Watch The Gravitational Pulls

October 27th, 2013

 I recently saw the movie Gravity and now find myself wondering about what forces pull us back to earth when we lose our center. I also find myself reflecting on what it takes to soar beyond those gravitational forces that give the illusion of keeping us centered while disconnecting us from our light and brilliance.

The word gravity carries the meaning of weight or seriousness. When I think about weight, I wonder under what circumstances heaviness or weight is helpful, as opposed to the very opposite of light, weightlessness, or freedom to soar and rise above unhealthy pulls in our life.

AND in the context of such questions, context really matters. If you find yourself floating through life with no cares, living in sheer bliss, then I can’t imagine a reason you would seek gravity. Your center is your compass, discerning what feels true and where you find your bliss. And the force of that clarity creates a pull to center in the wisdom of your heart for direction.

On the other hand, if you are, as the actors in the movie were, floating involuntarily in space while deeply seeking to enter the gravitational pull of the earth to return home, then gravity is a solace and welcome force.

Maybe the exercise of asking ourselves whether a gravitational force in our lives pulls us back into orbit with our highest and best selves or whether it gives the illusion of providing solid ground and footing in what is real. If you don’t know the pull of your heart and intuition to guide you, then you may find yourself trying to control the people and circumstances around you in order to receive approval, love, or validation. Such behaviors are more about the gravitational pull of identities we formed in childhood and have carried through adulthood than about the truth of who we are. Identities with gender, race, culture, or age may cause us not to live into our own light for fear of floating out of the gravitational pull of communities and tribes with whom we identify and want to belong.

If we are unaware of the gravitational force that reinforces learned identity—whether with attributes reflecting the package we arrived in on this planet (gender, race, culture, age…), or learned identities associated with what we do (rescuer, peacekeeper, leader, manager, builder,…)—then we may find life more of a struggle, source of stress, and less than blissful. If on the other hand, we know what grounds us in truth and inner wisdom, then choosing to make those our gravitational center helps us feel free, creative, and centered, staying within the orbit of the centering force.

There are many forces at work around and within us. Maybe we would be well served to examine which ones truly help us live into the best version of our selves and which ones seduce us into losing our center, weight us down, and create the illusion of stability.

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