A new friend said to me the other day, “I appreciate your courage in writing so openly about your spiritual experiences.”
I laughed, because I have nothing at stake. No clients or employer I need to be careful with. I can be myself, without pretense. I learned to stop explaining a while ago.
Not everyone believes as I do, but then, not everyone has had the experiences I have. But the comments to posts I do about past lives or talking to those who have crossed to the other side have shown me that far more people have experiences like mine than I thought. Most aren’t open about them. They can’t afford to be.
But I CAN afford it because I don’t need to hide from anyone and I don’t require anyone’s approval. It’s a liberating feeling.
And I no longer feel the need to explain myself. Not everyone will get it, and that’s okay with me. Everyone’s journey is their own, and since we all end up in the same place–the afterlife–we’ll all find out soon enough.
The idea that we can stop explaining is not limited to those one-off opinions some of us might hold. It’s relevant to anything: the way we raise children, have a career, work or don’t work–whatever.
Any time we find ourselves defending ourselves and over-explaining, it’s good to remind ourselves that not everyone will get it and that’s okay.
It’s enough that we get it.