How Are You Affecting Others? – 16 Things You May Want To Stop Doing

Land Art by Richard Shilling

Tools For Empaths’ is the most highly viewed and shared post on my blog. It seems that many of us(myself included) often feel that we are at the effect of other’s energies. However, nothing is a constant and nobody is one thing all the time. It is only fair to examine the other side of the coin and see if we may be impacting another in a less than positive manner.

For better or worse, our interactions shape each other. Energies(much like water trying to find its own level) tend to move in a way that achieves resonance and balance.  When these shifts move us to a higher vibe, we describe it as harmony and flow.  If we find ourselves moving to a more agitated state, the experience is unwelcome and off centring.  While we tend to find harmony more easily with some and feel less resonant with others, it is best not to make this personal.

Contrary to popular articles, I don’t think that a great majority are narcissists, self-centred, or ‘energy vampires’  wishing to gain strength at the cost of another. The energy drain itself may feel real but is often unconscious and usually unintentional.

Everyone has their ups and downs.  A respectful and sustainable way to support each other is through an open, transparent and synergistic way of operating.  Herein, both parties feel free to voice their needs without fear of backlash, comfortable offering wholehearted support when possible, and also uninhibited in admitting inability or disinclination to do so – if that be the case at that time.  Healthy friendships and families learn how to do this for each other. 

An ideal space is where all concerned can simply rest together, in deep acknowledgement of the presence and grace that is omnipresent.  In this state, there is no give and take, nor orchestration of balance.  We taste our true nature and know that all is effortlessly well.

However, when we are not in that space of being, it is sometimes practical to take proactive measures. In addition to energy tools, meditation,  prayers such as Ho’oponopono, practices such as heart coherence and Tonglen, it is also necessary to examine our way of communication and interaction with others.

After all, we take life far too much for granted. What if you don’t get another chance to meet this person?  How would you like your last interaction to be?

Listed below some ways in which we end up hurting others.  Are you demonstrating any of these behaviours? How much more joy, ease and harmony would become available to you and your loved ones if you stopped?

  1. Not being in touch with your own thoughts, emotions and feelings. 
    The more that you are self-aware, the less likely you are to thoughtlessly react, or project onto another.
  2. Neglecting your inner work.
    Being aware of our patterns, beliefs and trapped emotions is the first step. A constant discipline in such awareness itself helps to dissolve the same. Yet, some pro-active clearing work is usually helpful and called for, as neither denial, nor pretension can make our hurts and patterns go away. The less baggage we are carrying, the less we need or demand of others.
  3. Playing The Victim In The Blame Game.
    Making another responsible for our misery is exhausting for both. It perpetuates the perception of victimhood and will have you constantly targeting the other with anger, resentment, accusations and guilt.  Imagine fending off such silent (or blatant) onslaught and you can well imagine how draining you are being to the other person.
  4. Making The Other Responsible For Your Happiness.
    A more subtle version, this is normally harder to spot – until the other no longer delivers what we want and we shift to the ‘Blame Game’.  Here, the object of our affection is made solely responsible for our happiness.  If we have little life and love outside of what they mean to us, you can be sure its one hell of a burden to shoulder.  Again, imagine being in their shoes – one wrong move and you bring someone’s world crashing down.  It will have you rethink common notions about love, and the attachment and dependency they often imply.
  5. Continual Judgement And Criticism.
    Holding up the mirror is what good friends do for one another.  Bringing things to their awareness is helpful, but it is better received when accompanied with loving encouragement. More stick and less carrot, and all your good intentions will be forgotten by the tired other. We are hardwired with a negativity bias and without healthy doses of genuine appreciation and celebration, the receiving party often ends up remembering only what they didn’t like to hear.  The more that your opinion matters to them, the more it will weigh them down.
  6. Not Listening.
    Few of us know how to listen deeply.  We are usually busy formulating defence or attack in our head, paying little attention to the non-verbal cues and underlying energies. We may also have our minds already made up and can’t be bothered with the facts. It doesn’t matter who does this first. When we stop listening, differences only escalate.
  7. Being Insensitive To Another’s Vulnerability
    A corollary to inattention is missing the other’s vulnerability, especially whilst revealing their authenticity, regrets or fears. If you are not present to their vulnerability, you eventually lose their trust.
  8. Unexplained Silence and Disengagement.
    A favourite habit of those prone to passive aggression, or playing the Aloof in the Interrogator-Aloof drama, this one can be particularly damaging to any relationship.  The one at the receiving end runs through endless scenarios and emotions in attempting to understand what is happening.  Your lack of communication can leave them thoroughly lost and drained.  If you feel unable or unready to communicate, at least let them know that you need some time out. It is an indication that you wish to build, not break down bridges.
  9. Revisiting History Repeatedly.
    If you tend to replay the same story again and again, whether your own, or any other complaint, it can be quite taxing for the other to remain patient and tolerant. Do the work required to free yourself from the past.
  10. Disallowing Space and Silence.
    This is true especially if you are dealing with an introvert or Highly Sensitive Person.  Silence and space are rejuvenating in small doses for almost everyone, and more so to such people.  Practise a few minutes of sitting together in silence and see how much it benefits your interactions.
  11. Manipulations, Deceit and Secrets.
    Our energies speak louder than our words. When we indulge in any form of deception, others tend to intuitively respond to the underlying truth.
  12. Violence.
    Suppressed emotions tend to erupt at the most inappropriate time and in the most inappropriate manner.  A repeating pattern of physical or verbal abuse is unacceptable for obvious reasons.  Even minor incidences take their toll, with the other living in anxious anticipation of an escalation.  Work on your anger management.  Learn to respond to your own stressors differently.
  13. Needing To Be Right All The Time.
    Variations include the need to have the last world, to be superior, to be smarter, and so forth.  You don’t have to come out being top dog all the time.  Defence and attack are a waste of energy. Complete alignment of perspective on all matters is an unrealistic expectation. Agree to disagree, when so required.
  14. Being The Uncrowned Martyr.
    Believe it or not, your constant rescuing, serving, mentoring, sacrificing, or whatever other ‘selfless’ behaviour you think you are demonstrating, can leave the other feeling guilty, inferior worthless, overwhelmed and even resentful. Remember that the other is made of the same essence and is as capable and self-sufficient as you.
  15. Enforcing Love.
    Quite an oxymoron.  For here, one person is demanding the demonstration of caring while the other feels imprisoned by expectations.  Love has to flow of its own volition, it cannot be insisted upon. Know and accept that there are times to peacefully part ways.  Ebb and flow is natural in life.
  16. Withholding Love.
    By far the most punishing of all, withholding love is deeply hurtful to all concerned. When we wall ourselves in and others out, we are fighting against our very own essence.  Recovering from such energetic disconnection can be a long, painful process.  Whenever possible, to whatever extent possible, in whatever manner possible, allow love and appreciation. (Sending good energies, love and prayers are all valid and sometimes the only possible ways.)

It takes a strong intent and self-discipline to change our deep-rooted habits.  While learning and evolving seem to be a life long journey (at least for me), we need never procrastinate as to how we choose to be in this moment

For myself, if I am a little more conscious and kinder than I was yesterday, I consider myself headed in the right direction. So if you have any suggestions to add, please leave them in the comments below. And if you like any of the above, please share with others.

Land Art by Richard Schilling

Who Do You Become In Your Closest Relationships?


I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

Roy Croft’s incredibly beautiful and profound poem goes on to describe one of the most loving and honest ways of relating that one can imagine.

Love in itself requires no particular guidelines or conditions to exist.  But relationships are a different matter. They involve a mutual give and take that honours both person’s needs and boundaries while encouraging each one to blossom in the shelter of togetherness. No easy feat this. No wonder we often find ourselves struggling in our closest relationships.

We tend to make a handful of relationships ‘special’, with the mistaken belief that this particular person is responsible for our happiness.  Ironically, however, as long as we believe this, undoubtedly, when they fail to co-operate and give us what we ask of them, these very same person/persons become the focus of our maximal anger and blame.

Mistaking another as the source of our happiness results in us prioritising the survival of the relationship, over anything and anyone else.  Investing in any fixed outcome, results in tremendous stress, fear, anxiety and insecurity.  This can drive us into weak, needy, sacrificial, pretentious, insincere, dishonest, dominating, suspicious, violent and other such behaviours.

Thus, instead of being authentic, and or evolving ourselves, we find ourselves becoming someone that we neither approve of nor accept.

When the going is smooth sailing, we tend not to worry about these things. But when we run into rough weather, all our energies seem to drain away. Our attention being captured by the other person, their behaviour, our own perspective and emotional reactions, this underlying reason for our discomfort usually goes unnoticed: We do not like who we have become.

Roy Croft’s poem can serve as a pointer to approaching matters in a wholly different way, right from the outset. They can be used to transform our understanding and experience of relationships.

Make no mistake about it, all relationships require work. As individuals, we are changing all the time. Neither of the two is the same person they were from before, say a few months or years back. Continual, co-operative adjustments are usually essential to discover comfortable meeting points. The trouble happens when these changes are made from a fear of losing the relationship. 

Love, acceptance, and forgiveness cannot be found in a space where fear rules.  Neither inspiration nor flow can be allowed, as we are fixated on a particular idea of relating.

If instead, both people start out committed to embodying a higher consciousness – then everything that unfolds can be used to facilitate one’s evolution. Such an intent helps build trust and faith in each other.  For here, we know that we share a common goal that is larger than the betterment or validation of individual personas.  We allow a higher intelligence to be present and guide us to a greater good.  The ‘other’ becomes a conscious partner, with both aware that we are all manifestations of the same Source – and from this remembrance – help us mirror, uncover and address aspects of ourselves that we may be blind to otherwise. The inner and outer worlds are both dealt with honesty and transparency. 

When we get caught up in the illusions, our personas and favourite stories, as we often do – a trusted connection like this is invaluable in helping us wake up. For authenticity, vulnerability, and difficult conversations – the very crucibles of our evolution, can now not only be risked but embraced.

Such clearly shared intent tends to nurture deeper, truer, lighter and more joyful relating, than happens in our otherwise habitual, fear-based interactions.

Society, conditioning, our great expectations and erroneous interpretations have had us confusing love and drama for long enough. Antoine de Saint-Exupery offers an appealing alternative to the more common, unconscious notions of love:

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

Perhaps it is time to reflect on what kind of relationships we would like to co-create now?

Related links:

Home Is Where The Heart Is
Stepping Out Of The Cage
Resigning From Playing Villain
Changing Your Calling Card to – ‘Meet The Real Me’
Being Together

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5th Blog Anniversary – List of Select Posts

Mykonos lighthouse by Tanushree Vaidya

Today is the fifth anniversary of this blog, which I started writing on Sameer’s 6th death anniversary. In my first post, “Light House”, describing a mysterious happening after his passing, I wrote:

Death is an unarguable inevitability.  And there will  be questions and emotions when a loved one moves on.  However, those who stay behind – can celebrate the life lived.  Through greater love,  deeper understanding in their own lives.

In light of that start, today, I look back with satisfaction on the 147 posts thus far. Each one sharing a little bit of myself and what I have learned.  In the hope that it will be of some help to someone else.

And I dare say, the articles have lived up to this intent.  As a repository of resource articles, the blog has generated a great deal of soul-satisfying feedback from its small, but regular group of followers.  That makes all the hours of composition and writing worthwhile.

A heartfelt thanks to all those who read, experiment with the suggestions, like, share with friends, and write back with their feedback.  You motivate me to continue.

I shared a List of Select Posts last September, for the ease of bookmarking. Here are some additions from the current year, (based upon the response they received) in no particular order:

Looking forward to our continuing interaction!
Good wishes to all and thank you.

Photo Credit: Tanushree Vaidya Photography

Don’t Let The Language Barrier Keep You Home.

UFO Bridge, Bratislava

I was seated at an old wooden table, in one of the proverbial, European open, road-side cafes. The evening was now dark, chilly and breezy, with persistent, musical sounding rain. Equipped with only a light jacket, I was happy for this warm, sheltered space. My apartment was at least a thirty-minute walk across the windy Novy Most bridge, in the newer part of town.

With the rich, red Slovakian wine and the homely pasta plate before me, I had no complaints.  The smiling waitress had been kind enough to bring an English menu and a napkin that said, “Ladies, Rio loves you.” Back home, this old town restaurant’s slogan would have seemed discomfiting. Here, it felt like a thoughtful welcome for the solo woman traveler.

The fact that I didn’t know a single soul in this city, or for that matter, for hundreds of miles in all directions – was not disturbing, but strangely comforting. I wondered at the oddness of that thought.  I considered if spending the morning with a Segway tour guide meant he could be counted as an exception. Or if the non-English-speaking landlady who handed the keys to my apartment stay counted as an acquaintance.  I decided not. 

She had, after all, failed to introduce me to the resident poltergeists.  Only after they tripped my electric range and kitchen lights a couple of times in succession, did I figure out how to negotiate a peace treaty with them.  (They finally agreed to limit themselves to the small drying balcony while I stayed there.)  So no, the landlady didn’t count.  Her daughter, who had earlier pretended to be her mother, and corresponded with me before, and during the stay, over email and phone – now perhaps she could be counted as an acquaintance. But soon after I arrived at the local station, did I realise that she was in fact away, studying in the States. 

So it was true. Here I was, late on a stormy evening, alone in a city who’s souvenir t-shirt reads, “Where the F#$@ is Bratislava?”.  I could have laughed out loud.  But I restrained myself to a content smile. 

The stranger who happened to walk in at that point thought I was smiling at him and nodded back with a smile.  He sat across me, a couple of tables separating us. From the discussion over the menu, it became clear that he knew neither the local languages nor English. Through gestures, he managed to have food and wine come to his table. Other groups came in and went while we shared our solitary meals in quiet acknowledgment of our similar situations.

It seemed to be the flavour of the day.  Companionship with strangers who don’t speak your language. 

Most of the afternoon had been spent with an international group of mathematicians.  Their English speaking host had decided to take me into their fold, soon after we met on a cruise down the Danube river. Impressed with the fact that I was traveling alone, he wanted to know how I was managing despite the language barrier. Himself a local, who had returned after a stint in the States, he explained his interest in communication to me.  Given the complex history of the place, it seems between his wife and their parents, they shared a lineage of five different languages.  He said, “They say New York is a potpourri of different cultures, but they don’t know what’s been happening here in Bratislava, in every family!  I could relate to this, thinking of the myriad languages and cultures intermingling back in my hometown, Mumbai.

Devin Castle, Slovakia

We soon reached the geographically and politically significant site, Devin Castle.  It has witnessed many wars – something which is extremely difficult for the heart to comprehend. How do humans engage in such violence, and that too at a place so awe-inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful? No short answer there. As we had to return to Bratislava by the evening ferry, unfortunately, there would be no time to explore the extensive natural park around the castle grounds.

While there was some conversation with an Indonesian family on the boat, I explored the ruins largely on my own.  Without any formal agreement, one of the mathematicians accompanied me around. Besides a nod, we exchanged no other communication.  Distinguished, handsome and with sparkling, alert eyes, he seemed well respected amongst his peers.  He, and I, though had no scope for any verbal exchange and nor did we seem to feel the need for it.  Despite that, after several hours of comfortable silence and walk together, I left the ferry with the odd feeling that we had really met each other in a very meaningful manner. There was also an inexplicable sense of closure at the end of the day.  As though a long pending conversation and been completed.  Perhaps it was a karmic connection or a matter explained by modern day heart coherence findings. Whatever it was, the time together was memorable.

As I happily reminisced the satisfying day over my candle-lit wine and dinner, with the other solo diner similarly ruminating a few feet away, I thought this in itself was one wonderful, powerful benefit of solo travel:

To remember that it is possible to communicate with others without words. To find kinship with strangers and warm hospitality in unknown lands. To meet without an agenda, to befriend without reason and to part ways without regrets. 

How wonderful, these opportunities!

Back home, when I sometimes struggle to converse, either because of the superficiality of the content, or the seeming impossibility of finding the right words that will reach to another what we experience in our own individual bubble – I remember such days and feel reassured:

It’s okay to be quiet.
Silence can indeed be golden.
And completely adequate for bridging divides.

Playing The Game of Life


Creating an oasis of inner peace can be hard work.  Actively interacting with a chaotic outer world often threatens to undo all that has been accomplished. Consequently, we may begin to minimize engagement with our environment. As a conscious, unafraid preference, this is unremarkable.

However, if it arises from a fear-based avoidance, sense of inability, and or unwillingness to face difficult situations or conversations, this option will provide us little relief or growth – because our perceived provocations are but our own projections. 

Whether we retreat to the Himalayas or remain here as men and women of the world, we will very likely encounter exactly the same demons.  After all, they live within us. (If you wonder about this, I suggest reading Tenzin Palmo’s experience as described in the book, “Cave In The Snow” by Vicki Mackenzie.)

Running away from the game of life is not the same as rising above all games.  Resisting something only perpetuates it. So a defensive retreat can leave us stuck with the very challenge we are unwilling to meet.

I recently saw a touching movie based on a true story.  ‘We are Marshall’ is about the rebuilding of Marshall University’s college football team following a plane crash that killed all 75 passengers (including the school’s 37-member team, coaches, and other community members).  The new coach, Jack Lengyel, obviously had an extremely difficult task on hand.  At one point this is what he says:

You see, Red, it doesn’t matter if we win or if we lose. It’s not even about how we play the game. What matters is that we play the game. That we take the field, that we suit up on Saturdays, and we keep this program alive.

It took close to 20 years before Marshall had a winning record.  But that was only possible because of the grit and dedication of those who ensured that despite all reservations, football continued to be played in that emotionally devastated university and town.

I found those lines memorable and thought-provoking. 

It was a reminder that while we may not have it all figured out, that while there are still layers to be unpeeled and wounds to be healed, there are also unimagined possibilities and new vistas, yet unknown, that can only be discovered by living through the tough matches.

These are interesting times of rapid change and we can either succumb to the overwhelm or use these challenges to accelerate our own transformation. Though we may occasionally lose our peace of mind, forget our learnings, fall back into mind-body or ‘favourite-story‘ identification (any of all that and more may happen) – playing the game may be exactly what is required of us right now.

Stretching our comfort zone has benefits for us as individuals and also provides us an opportunity to contribute to the collective: for by returning to the playing field with awareness, we also bring back and inform our environment with whatever little lightness, peace and love we have reclaimed thus far.

But for this, we need to find that elusive balance between contemplative retreat, and a mindful stepping out. Instead of trying to escape from the old paradigm, or conforming ourselves to it, we then proactively bring in a whole new set of playing rules: Guidelines that lead towards greater love, peace, harmony, wellbeing and co-existence.

So these days I remind myself that while taking time-outs, and refresher practises in remembering who we truly are continues to be appropriate and usually necessary – while here, how about simply showing up whole-heartedly and playing a better game?

16 Clearing Statements To Address The Self-Sabotage Of ‘Inevitability’

Tanushree Vaidya Photography

Do you find yourself restraining your enthusiasm and aspirations?  Are you half hearted in your efforts or commitments? Or does a voice at the back of your head constantly caution you to brace yourself against fear, disappointment or failure? Does it seem like you are going around in circles, playing the same record again and again? In all such situations, check to see if past experience has led you to believe that no matter what you try or do, the end result is going to be the sameyou are going to face the same ‘inevitable’ outcome.

There may be a variety of reasons why this perception may seem like a reasonable, wise or safe conclusion.  It may be obvious to us, or sound a subtle warning voice at the back of our head.  We may be able to trace its origins to a specific event, or simply sense that this has deep, ancient roots.

The point is that if this is the program running at the back of our mind, no matter what efforts we may make towards change – we are unknowingly inviting, and bracing ourselves for the same adverse outcome.  This internal conflict between the desire and attempt to change our experience, and an overriding, rigid sense of futility can be exhausting, frustrating and depressing.

Along the lines of the popular post, 9 Clearing Statements To Address the Fear of Uncertainty, here are some clearing statements to help free one of this particularly influential burden of buying into the idea of an ‘inevitability’.

These clearings come from substantial experience at drawing out subtle aspects that contribute to such fears.  Reading them in itself may bring more awareness and understanding to your own specific situation.  They have been framed along the lines of Access Clearing Tools and those familiar with Access Consciousness will know that you can run the Access Clearing Statement – “Right and Wrong, Good and Bad, POD, POC, All 9, Shorts, Boys and Beyonds®” after each statement.   For a detailed explanation on the Clearing Statement, please click here.

Alternatively, simply read aloud and tap along all the EFT points as you are reading. You can download EFT in one page here if required.  For a more detailed understanding of EFT, you can get my book – Emotional Freedom Techniques.

Some readers may find it effective and comfortable to simply state ‘Release, Dissolve and Let Go‘ after each statement.  It is our intent and awareness that makes all the difference.

You may like to make an audio recording in your own voice and loop it for use with either Access Clearing, EFT or ‘Release, dissolve and let go’.  Some of the words may be unfamiliar, but let your experience speak for itself.  Run these clearings several times a day for about a week and let me know how it works for you!

First, identify a single specific ‘adverse inevitability’ you subscribe to(for example: will be misunderstood, will face rejection/breakup, business loss, poor academic results, non-improvement in health, inability to lose weight, etc…). Keeping this in mind, use the following:

  1. All the fear, anxiety, exhaustion and mind fog associated and triggered by believing in a fixed, adverse inevitability,  will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  2. All the conditioning, agreements, oaths, vows and promises that solidify, densify and make real this fixed, inevitable and adverse expectation, will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  3. All the anticipatory gloom, doom, despair, and hopelessness that you experience consequent to the rigid belief in this so-called ‘adverse inevitability’, will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  4. All the constriction, limitation, walling, barricading and restraint that you are self-imposing in the hopes of protecting yourself from this imagined inevitability, will you release, dissolve and let go now.
  5. All the ways in which you refuse to allow yourself to be fully, authentically you as a result of believing in this inevitability, will you release, dissolve and let go now.
  6. All the ways in which you block your awareness, filter your seeing of yourself, others and present circumstances, in ways that will perpetuate, support and validate your investment in this inevitability, will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  7. All the events, circumstances, cellular memories, inherited emotions and beliefs, picked up from the ancestors, collective, entities, and astral entities, that invite, facilitate, demand, insist, ordain and perpetuate extrapolation or repetition of history will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  8. All the ways in which we individually and collectively assume, expect, desire and perpetuate stuckness, sameness, history and limitation, will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  9. Every habit, limiting belief, cellular memory, future program and auric imprint that locks, restrains and binds the individual and collective in old, outdated paradigms of hopelessness, helplessness, impending doom, failure, betrayal, inevitable disappointment and lack of trust, will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  10. All the ways in which we resonate, amplify, mirror and perpetuate grief, entrapment, bondage, helplessness, hopelessness and the certainty of disappointment, between DNA, energetic DNA and soul family members, will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  11. What would it take for you to stop trying to prove or disprove this so-called inevitability? Anything that prevents that from showing up will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  12. What self-image are you holding, identifying and perpetuating that necessitates you make this anticipated inevitability real? What would it take for you to unzip, disentangle and no longer limit yourself to any such self-definition? Anything that prevents that from showing up will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please
  13. What are you trying to punish yourself for by believing and making real this inevitability?   What will it take for you to forgive yourself and let this go now? Anything that prevents that from happening will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  14. Anything and everything that leads you to believe that you are unworthy or undeserving of anything different or better than this, will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  15. What generative energy space and consciousness do you need to be that would allow you to experience a wholly new paradigm and a totally different outcome? Anything that prevents that from showing up will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.
  16. What would it be like to be aware, open and receptive to entirely new, better, more harmonious, loving and intelligent possibilities? Anything that prevents that from showing up will you uncreate, delete and destroy across all time, space and dimensions now please.

Photo Credit: Tanushree Vaidya

Poems: Heart Light


Below layers of anger
Feigned indifference,
Deeper, under bandages
That became thick walls,
Seemingly permanent skins

Remain grief, sorrow, hurt.
Wounds, some still bleeding.

But beyond that
Tremulously survives
Raw vulnerability
Rarely allowed, or seen

Not the fearful end of things:
Only a translucent cover,
Pure, sheer light
Successfully veiling.

Unwrap slowly
Layer after layer
Persistently, gently…

Until luminescence
At the heart
Of it all
Shines forth
From within