Don Miguel Ruiz shares in The Four Agreement A Toltec Wisdom Book that we are all born into the Dream of the Planet and are domesticated just as an animal would be from the moment we take our first breath.
He goes on to explain, that you nor I chose our name, heritage or belief's thereof, however we accepted and agreed along the way and thus our 'self' was born. But this 'self' is not truly the real self, but rather a reflection of our parents, their parents and their parents, parents. Even, if your parent bulldozed their own path so their family would not follow their families path, the path that you traveled up to this point, was writ long before you were born.
We all agreed along the way to some thing or another in our lives and as such lived for an amount of time, if not our whole life under the unconscious guidance of our elders.
I discovered just this last week that this painted yogi is still shrouded in the veil of her eldest aunt. Realizing the collection of porcelain dolls that sit gathering dust in a case and in various corners, was not a collection I chose to begin. Yes for sure I enjoy and can appreciated the work and art put in to each piece, but this dream of a home covered in dolls and frills is not one I wrote for myself. I agreed to the idea that my home would not be a home without these things when I was young. As guests complimented and family members inquired I continued the agreement into adulthood.
This is not my dream. I will no longer harbour things because family and society has told me I am a girl and this is what I should have or that I need to keep these things because family gave them to me as I was growing up. This is not my dream.
I will be honest with myself and those around me. I will love myself and allow myself to wonder as to what I really do enjoy and want in my life. I will excuse those from my life who do not treat me with the respect and love I deserve.
I will visit my mat each and every day to reconnect with my spirituality and recenter my own being.
I will live my own dream and invite you to share in my journey as I share in yours!
Lynn Beaver is pursuing her B.A. in Psychology as well as discovering her yogic and meditative path through formal and personal training's.