For the love of all things spiritual and self aware, please, have expectations.
The original quote I saw was: “Sometimes we create our own heartbreaks through our expectations.”
Sounds enlightened? New-agey-consciously-correct? Right?
But I wholeheartedly disagree with this
jargon language. And it’s at the root of most of the confusion within healthy, or rather unhealthy relationship dynamics.
All kinds of codependent and abusive relationship dynamics among “spiritual” or “aware” people are perpetuated because this language gets passed around in spiritual memes like its above board, and like it makes sense.
And it doesn’t. So why are we pretending it does?
I understand first hand why there is so much misunderstanding. In a past life, I was in a toxic relationship with a “spiritual” man who couldn’t be faithful. When I told him it was a problem for me he said, “your problem is you have expectations. You want things on your time-line”
Yup! No lie!
I get it. EXTREME example. But there is a tendency in this space of “self help” and “empowerment” for the spiritual intellectual to use concepts like positive thinking, unconditional love, non resistance, and “no expectations” in order to feel like they are “towing a spiritual line” or to dismiss what is seriously OFF in their relationship dynamics, or to bypass dealing with the feelings of disappointment, or to avoid accountability for the energy they bring into their spaces.
Until we are rooted in our own worth and knowing; until we really trust our Truth and our standards, this kind of language, for the new seeker or someone looking for answers to their relationship difficulties, is a sure fire way to create massive amounts of confusion.
Tell me how long your relationships would last if your partner consistently avoided telling the truth? Wasn’t respectful? Had a hard time with being considerate? Didn’t make time for you? Called their exes and flirted with other people? Told you, your problem is: “you don’t feel loved because it’syour problem.” Seriously, I’ve heard this one gets used a lot.
I am making a point, that sometimes we use spiritual concepts to avoid being accountable and responsible; to avoid dealing with the relational qualities of being in healthy intimacy.
We have to learn how to be healthy, whole, resourced humans, before we learn how to implement high level woo-woo.
Have healthy expectations of reciprocal respect, and love, and generosity, and kindness, and consideration.
This is called boundaries, self love, self respect, and self worth, and oh, just basic human decency.
All love. All Truth.