Can you see and touch the divine that is in everything? We live in a secular society where there are few ceremonies in our daily lives that remember and acknowledge the sacred. Robbed of small formalities, we become deeply familiar with each others’ humanness. I want a little distance, once in a while, to remind me of what a mystery others are to me, and I to them, to anticipate touching with awe the divine in another. It’s easy to lose sight of the divine in the partner who takes out the garbage, and easier still if he or she doesn’t. It’s hard to remember to look for and see the beloved in the parking attendant or the check-out clerk we encounter. We need shared gestures, small ceremonies that help us pay attention, that let us see and honor the mystery of the other every day. This is the commitment my soul longs to make to the world……Oriah Mountain Dreamer
when the fear can subside, we can see each other, we can be with each other, we can get out of our own way…….we let go of judgment, we yield to comforts and vulnerability and collective experiences…..we don’t hold back…..we remember how to give……
As the Isa Upanishad reveals: ‘Who sees all beings in his own Self and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.’ And so, once in the stream, the life of preparation ends, the life of defense ends, the measuring of individual traits ends. In those moments, fear somehow gives way to trust and control somehow evaporates into surrender. In those moments, the fish and stream are one. Maintaining our part in the unseeable web is also at the core of the working community that Confucius envisioned: ‘To find the central clue to our moral being which unites us to the Universal order, that indeed is the highest human attainment.’ In truth, the ground in which we each transform is a collective soil of spirit. Through this process of becoming one with all life- which is more than just identifying with other living things- our essential relation and health is realized. The essence of every living thing is embedded, dormantly potent, in the energy of heart that waits beneath the heart, and as Lama Govinda so touchingly puts it, enlightenment is an experience in which all of that essential relation becomes more than knowable, it becomes palpable…..Mark Nepo
Forget who you are
but remember what you are.
Every person is a human being,
so no one can truly be a stranger.
…..a 13 yr old girl to her dying grandfather