Words can have a funny effect on us, especially when we are little
At the end of the day, that’s all they are – words – so we can easily just allow them to pass by
But often, instead of letting them go, we take them…
…and transform them…
And we stab ourselves with those words
Keeping them inside us as we grow older
When a thorn is there for a long time it starts to feel numb, and we may not notice that it is there
That is, until something, or someone, happens to rattle the thorn
Bringing up the pain
What rattles the thorn can be directly related, or indirectly related
Although it was us that stabbed ourselves with the thorn in the first place
We can forget this
And blame the pain on the person who moved the thorn
But when someone touches our thorn
We must remember that this is a gift
They are reminding us that there is a thorn that we need to remove
When we feel the pain, it is an opportunity to feel it
And to see it for what it truly is
As you start to do this, the healing can start
The solution isn’t to deny that the thorn is there, or to pull it out with brute force
In fact, the more you apply pressure, the further the thorn will plunge in
The solution instead, is to do what you should have done in the first place
When you heard those words many years ago
Remember that it was you who stabbed yourself with those words in the first place
So it is also you who has the power to release it
Finally freeing yourself of pain
Remember, this is all thanks to that person who rattled the thorn in the first place
Alerting you to its presence
So the next time you feel stress, anger or pain because of someone else
Instead of lashing out at them, ask yourself
Which thorn is being rattled?
And let the healing process begin
For the purposes of this story, I have said that we can turn other people’s words into thorns. However, in reality we can turn any thought that we have into a thorn. For example, you may be with a group of people and feel ignored. You think ‘no one ever listens to me’. Instead of simply observing this thought and letting it pass, we can transform this into a thorn to carry with us until we choose to pull it out again.
When our thorns are rattled it is painful, and we really don’t like it. So we actually spend so much of our lives being fearful of, and trying to avoid, situations that could potentially move our thorns.
I for one, am terrified of criticism. This is because it moves my thorn saying that I am a bad person. I observe in myself how I navigate situations to desperately avoid this from happening. I think this occurs on a subconscious level for many of our thorns.
However, this is a shame. Because the only way to remove the thorn is to feel where they are and to see them for what they truly are. Only then can we relax and let them go. Thorns are actually very much like shadows (see previous blog post), so the best way to release them is to stop resisting them and to accept and love them. Nothing else is needed really. The thorn will then come out by itself.
This post was 1/2 inspired by personal experience, 1/2 inspired by The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer. A fantastic book on the awakening process.