Heavy to be Alive
“For every moment that is past, the angel of death takes the part that is dead and we keep living in the present. The parasite wants us to carry the past with us and that makes it so heavy to be alive.” The Four Agreements – Don Miquel Ruiz
The word “heavy” took on a humorous quality in the movie Back to the Future. Marty McFly constantly complains to Dr Brown about situations being “heavy” causing Dr Brown to ask, “There’s that word again-heavy. Is there something wrong with the earth’s gravitational force in the future?”
There’s no doubt it is heavy to be alive. The world at one time existed within ten or so miles from one’s home. Our ancestors didn’t know much about what was happening in the rest of the world and were content to be uninformed. With the advent of radio and television and computers, our personal world has gotten smaller, more informed and filled with heavy events.
Instead of joyously partaking in life, we’re constantly reminded that the rest of the world is destitute and disparaging, so we allow our happiness to wane. Instead of seeking pleasure in a sunny day, we’re caught up in a banal internet conversation about the latest movie, or star or scandal. We don’t have to seek out trouble in the world. If we’re connected via communication devices, trouble will find us.
We have the ability to present ourselves with joy or sorrow at any given moment. We should not ignore the world and its crisis, but rather believe that as spirits in human form, our prayers and thoughts and good wishes can turn our personal tide. And with enough prayers turning the tide, things change.
Life is heavy. Of that there is not doubt. Don’t allow yourself to be quagmired in oppressive thoughts or tendencies. Unleashing ourselves from heaviness makes room for the new energies of light, love, hope and healing.