How do we move away from being in conflict with ourselves and into a place of greater self-acceptance?
Can you grant others the freedom to be themselves? Even in your thoughts? Can you watch without judging even if they writhe and flail in the struggle to throw off the illusions that have kept them from being themselves?
Can you do this for yourself? Can you observe with love and compassion your own struggles to become yourself – alive, conscious, loving and joyful?
This is a time of birth into the new. You do not yet know who you are. You are discovering what is truly you and what is just a surface coating, a temporary protective shell.
As you grow the range of connections you make increases. You can make connections that are vivid and enriching with others around the world whom you may not know personally, may not have a name or location for, but with whom you feel a deep affinity.
Such connections are possible when you feel safe, safe to be yourself, safe in your relationship with the world. Perhaps in the past you have used criticism and judgement as a way of creating a space in which you could feel safe. Your judgement would push others away and gave you a territory of rightness you could claim as your own.