Have you ever had the sense that you are feeling something that resonates within you but is not of your own memory - your own personal experience? I would guess that most people reading this now have had such an experience.
Those drawn to my pages are usually on a journey of self-discovery and are what might be called empaths - meaning you are highly sensing and sensitive, more intuitive than intellectually based in decisions, in tune to the emotions of others, naturally giving, and spiritually gifted. If so, I would also guess that when you have such feeling, sensings, or "knowings" is is often uncomfortable and left unshared.
I've often had these experiences and it was affirming to come across this beautiful passage in John O'Donohue's, Anam Cara.
O'Donohue provides a loving and soothing balm for our overcritical mind by "reminding" us of our belonging to something far greater than this point in time. We, indeed, belong to the universe.
We are an ancient people participating in an ancient and incomprehensible dance of life - from no beginning and with no end (that we can truly prove or know). And, at times, we feel in our bodies these ancient emotions running through us. In a universal sense, we comprehend them and "know" them though in our present sense, they are not "of us".
Our path is to allow the movement of these ancient emotions immersed, within the clay that formed us, to flow through us unencumbered - perhaps to bear witness - though not to slow down or stop - not to provide residence - to simply allow passage.
When we witness and allow both joy and sorrow - happiness and grief - pain and ecstasy - to run through us - to breathe in and out of us - to not take up permanent residence within us, we allow a balance to emerge - a much needed balance.
This is the path of universal healing in the most loving and compassionate sense.
May You Be Well.