Looking back to the first dark arrow, once our basic reality needs are met and we still claim to NEED something or someone, we opt for pain rather than pleasure, shooting the dark arrow of attachment from our quiver.
Opting for pain rather than pleasure are the choice points that signal a necessary death experience, for example, death of a pattern that is no longer working. These are the emotional shock points necessary for maturation to occur. Recognizing emotional shock points for what they are, we re-interpret what we claim to need as WANTS.
If we stay at the effect and in reaction, choosing pain over pleasure, the second arrow we pick up within the Circle of Foxes is DEPENDENCIES. Picking up this arrow keeps us from maturing and gets us caught in the adaptive triangle of Persecutor, Victim, Rescuer.
A good example of this is addictions. In our imbalanced, immature state, we choose long-term pain and create short-term pleasure through using addictive substances, becoming attached to the initial “high” as a NEED. We know deep inside that we don’t need the addictive substance. And yet, we still WANT to re-experience the initial state of short-term pleasure again and again, thus creating dependencies on the addictive substances. Picking up this dark arrow, we become the victim to the substance, whether its food, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gambling, work, or co-dependent relationships, to name a few. The substance can also be perceived as the “rescuer,” numbing the emotional pain or stress temporarily. And ultimately, the substance also becomes our “persecutor”, causing affliction, sickness, disease, and sometimes even death.
As we choose the light, centered within our own circle and aligned with all forms of all things, the 2nd Light Arrow we pick up is SELF-APPRECIATION.
Once we choose to become Self-Aware (the 1st Light Arrow), we can create a strong internal concept of self. Picking up the 2nd Light Arrow of SELF-APPRECIATION provides a concept of Self-Worth where we find value inside our self. When we value and appreciate who we are in our uniqueness and individuality, we break the dark arrow of dependencies. We no longer have the strong externally based wants that places us in the victim, persecutor, rescuer triangle. We stand strong in our own circle, know our bottom lines, and maintain agreements with our self first. From this place of centeredness, we can then negotiate clear agreements with others
By consistently picking up the second Light Arrow of Self-Appreciation, we break the 2nd dark arrow of dependencies. We then gain the 2nd Rainbow Arrow of Introspection, which is the place of “going within” and listening to our body knowing. It is the place of death, change and movement.
It is also through our proper alignment with the four worlds of Grandmother Earth that we gain this Rainbow Arrow. Introspection makes us aware of Grandmother Earth, the second Power of the Universe, and we feel the earth under our body. From the depth of introspection and intuition, we know that we are in relationship with all forms of life. Earth is our substance.
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