Monday, September 29, 2014

Seems so Normal #144

Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t lock my doors and windows at night?” Or “We don’t have curtains on our windows.”  I experienced that in Holland, as I walked through a neighborhood—the observation proved a level of effects pervasive throughout their society, which were limited.  For me, the contradiction was immediate, as my social reality rose in that moment.  However, to them, it seemed normal--I can hear them say, why would it be any different?  But my social reality/ego would say, “But aren’t you fearful of who might look in?”  Of course, they’ll say, “No.”  Again. Once in Italy, some friends and I wanted to travel up to our cabin, but the snowy mountain road and ice made it impossible.  My two German hosts and I walked to the first home at the base of the mountain—we needed to unload/store skies etc. from the car while it parked over night.  A little old woman opened the door without hesitation, heard our plight and immediately offered sanctuary four our belongings until the following morning.  My mind was so socially contradicted; an old woman alone, opening the door at night to strangers, wasn’t she afraid?  Thankfully, no.  But this was my world, where fear and violence are “normal”.  We can only react to the conditioning were exposed to, it would be a further anxiety or fear to deny this action.  See if for what it is, accept it, watch it and let it go.

Interesting, this old woman never had it to let go of.  It was wonderful to have this glimpse of myself, for it is now everlasting.  She made me aware of what I’d been unconscious unaware of socially, as a Being.  Think on that.  Since then, I’ve turned my “normal” into for her “normal”, without hesitation, concern or fear.  That is normal, to be without it. JustaThought