I often hear people say that we need to be vulnerable, but what does it really mean?
As I see it, there are two types of vulnerability – positive and negative. Kathy Ward, a fellow Reiki Master / teacher sees the positive form as being in a state of love, while the negative is being in fear.
In order to feel “safe,” fearfulness reacts and guards which often creates that which we are most afraid of – being hurt. Vulnerability that comes from love on the other hand, makes us feel completely at ease because we know that we are perfect as we already are - that we are loved and eternal. With this perspective, we can live our lives from an open-hearted space which tends to make others feel safe and open to us. Thus the experience we get in response to love is usually a positive one.
There are healthy boundaries we can set when we come from a place of self-love. When we come from fear, we tend to hold back and limit the love we are capable of sharing, which generates mistrust and causes others to hold back as well. When we trust and allow ourselves to be vulnerable to the Universal energies, we can be open to any and all possibilities.
Try meditating on vulnerability and see what it means for you. Ask for guidance and be open to whatever you receive. You may be surprised at what you find.