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The Unravelling

By Paul Galewitz.
This is no joke, this seeing;
This seeing of patterns
of habits
of coverups
of selfishness
of internal compromises
of dishonesty
of not honoring inner truth
We know about this shedding of ego-based existence,
But this morning I heard the phrase, “Say Goodbye,”
and felt its implications
This is not a game to attain something
to accomplish a task of some kind
to achieve a spiritual milestone
or to look good in our own eyes
or the eyes of others.
This is an annihilation of who we think we are;
and to face that, well, humbling doesn’t even begin to say it
But it is humbling, and fearsome, and tender,
and in this we are most vulnerable;
As what we used to do to cover all that up
no longer serves.
For those of us who have somehow found ourselves
in this process of unbecoming,
my deepest respect goes out to us all;
This is indeed not for the faint of heart.
We can tend to overlook the courage this takes,
but I will overlook it no longer.
Tears are never far away,
melting my pretenses.
Let the unraveling continue.