Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” –Plato
Effective Dates: July 18th- September 18th
Most of the issues we have are because we treat people the way we want to be treated and not the way they want to be treated. “But wait, Artemis! Isn’t the saying to treat others the way that you want to be treated?” Well, I would consider that rather horrible advice, because the way that I want love expressed toward me is surely not the same way that everyone else wants it expressed. People’s needs to feel respected and loved and extremely different from one another. I have had partners and friends who have wanted to be left alone when they are upset and have known others who want to be chased and smothered no matter how hard they push back at you. Each individual has their own language, and picking up on those intricacies is the most important part about being a true and devoted servant to others; to help instead of to enable or even inflame the situation.
Most of the time we live in our own bubble, serving ourselves and desperately clinging on to our personal fire like it will somehow become extinguished. The thing is, your persona, your fire, can never be extinguished unless you are the one to grant it permission to die. Until you have lost everything in order to serve something greater than yourself, then you will always fear never having enough or somehow losing yourself. Until you come upon a situation where you think you will lose yourself and yet you still remain, you will hold on to this inane fear. And when you fear never having enough, you fear giving. You fear serving. You fear abandoning yourself; that somehow everyone will suck all the resources out of you and you would have allowed yourself to perish. You do not trust the universe to provide. You do not trust that you are serving a path that will provide for you.
But listen, Heretics, your body wont let you extinguish yourself quite that easily. We have these amazing mechanisms in place that warn us when we are starving, that urge us to drink when we are thirsty, that scream for us to breathe when we need oxygen. You need to trust that you will be provided for if you serve. We are the mechanisms the world has in place for itself, to thrive and to live, and we must behave instinctively to keep humanity’s fire alive, just as your body behaves instinctively to serve you and keep your fire alive. Serve something greater and you will find yourself coming back to life, realizing the world mirrors itself and inspiration floods your consciousness once again.