No One Is Greater or Lesser than You Are

Year ago while I was meditating I had a vision. I saw a tiny ancient woman walking toward me. Her face was creased with an unbelievable amount of wrinkles and she smiled at me with immense unconditional love. Her eyes shone like the eyes of every sweet grandmother who ever lived and, indeed, she was loving kindness itself, sweet medicine.

Reaching up, she put both hands on my shoulders, looked into my eyes, and said, “No one is greater or lesser than you are.” At that moment I realized that feeling like you are better than others is an illusion. On the other hand I realized that feeling inferior to others was also an illusion—a stupid waste of time and energy. No matter who we are and what we are doing, we all have gifts to offer. No one is here by accident, only by design.

Martha Graham, one of the inventors of modern dance, once wrote: “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all of time, this experience is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it.”

We are all special individuals. The world needs all our gifts since every human being ever born has a purpose in coming to this planet. It is my hope that all of us find joy and fulfillment in discovering, exploring, and living our purpose throughout our lives.

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About Joy Parker

As a three-time cancer survivor and storyteller, I felt compelled to create this blog because I felt the need to connect with an audience and immediately share what I am learning as I am learning it. The material in this blog is serving as the basis for two books that I am writing. The first book talks about how illness is a vehicle that takes us into the unknown land, teaches us things we couldn’t otherwise learn, and then gives us the opportunity to bring them back to our community. It offers a compass and creates a map of the unknown land so that others might find their path more easily. Most important, it shares what I have learned about waking up and being truly alive in this magnificent world. That might sound simple enough, but the actual experience is devastatingly beautiful and powerful. The second project is a book with medicine cards discussing many of the lessons I’ve learned from my experiences with healing and as a healer, the indigenous world, and walking a spiritual path. Most important, it is the story of the development of my own personal mythology. People tend to think of myths as massive stories and beliefs that develop in a culture over hundreds or thousands of years. We now live in a time of crisis and we don’t have a hundred years. The time for healing and transformation is now, and we are the ones we have been waiting for.
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