This lesson is excerpted from Lightning Path Workbook Two: The Healing.
Alignment and connection are big topics, and we need more than a few words at the end of a healing workbook to address them. For this reason, we pick up the topic of connection in LP Workbook Three: Connection. Before ending this book, however, we need to address one more thing, and that is the work involved in healing and connection. If you have read through the workbook to this point, you will see that this process of healing and connection is a lot of work and effort. Healing alone can take a lot of effort as you modify your environment, deal with your trauma, clear your mental spaces, deal with resistance, and so on and so forth. Connection itself, which we pick up in the next workbook, also takes time and effort.
At this point you might ask “why bother with all this work?” It is a reasonable question. Humans have been living their lives in various states of disconnection for thousands of years and we seem to have got along just fine. It is much easier just to sit back and enjoy your life, especially if you already have a pretty good one. So, why bother with being a better person? Why bother with advanced growth and development? Why bother with healing and connection?
There are lots of reasons we could give for that. We can give psychological and emotional reasons for healing and connecting, like better mental-health, freedom from fear, anger, and disillusion, well-being, longevity, developing your own voice, and being able to have real and authentic relationships. We can also give you collective and societal benefits, like economic savings, the reduction of consumerism, the construction of meaningful institutions designed to optimize and improve our lives, the elimination of racism, sexism, and hatred, and so on and so forth.
While all the above reasons are valid reasons, the best reason we can give is that being healthy and connected means being free of damage and “clear” of trauma. It means being present, empowered, and most important, really and truly who you are deep down inside. Anything else is a state of diminishment at best, and dysfunction at worst. Anything else is not your full power and ability. Anything else is not the full state of you.
To put it as plainly as possible, when you heal and connect, you become who you were meant to be. The question you have to ask yourself is, do you want to live out the rest of your life a mere shadow of your true and powerful self? If the answer to that question is no, then that is your best reason to do The Work. You do the work even if it is tough because you do not want to live your life as a shadow of who you truly are.