"If you would know a mystic, do not confine your search to monasteries and temples, but look also on the highways and byways, in towns, hamlets, and in the hustle and bustle of the great cosmopolitan centers of the world. When you find someone who is industrious, studious, compassionate, loved by friends, and neighbours, tolerant in religious views, and who can point out to you the magnificence and efficacy of God in the simplest of things, you have found a mystic. With these qualities, whether one is attired in sacerdotal robe or in the overalls of a mechanic, one is none the less a mystic."
I was up rather early Sunday. My creatures, (Ms. Osa Magillicutty Happy Pants & Jelly Bean the Kitty Queen,) were still snoozing away. I got up, turned on my desk light and created a small page of affirmation . . .
See, I took a mis-step a while back and found myself "painted in a corner." I am/was so accustomed to being wildly successful, i refused to see the situation as it was - so, i did EVERYTHING I could think of to "fix" what turned out to be
"unfix-able" the way it was. sigh.
After doing everything possible to remedy the situation, i finally had to admit it was not ever going to be better . . . in fact, if i let it play out the way it was - i would not survive. SO, I told myself the truth, and continue (to this day) to say the same to the culprit with a "flat line mentality."
I have learned I am good at a LOT of things. (Nice to know.) But, if i do not look honestly at my surroundings, i attract the same kind of issues - Therefore, it is part of my life lesson to claim myself and my dreams and see how far i get. (I used to talk out loud to myself, being my own best friend, that "we" would just see how far we could get . . . )
That's where all this newbie art stuff comes from . . Me, rebuilding. I only share this, in case any of you felt alone in your own growth. SEE?? It happens . . we can do this.
Okay, the affirmation came from reading some Rumi - I don't remember his words - my are hard to read. It says, "The night has passed. I have plenty of work to do," and "I am silently drawn by the pull of what i truly love."
Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future. Both are now present. Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. Whenever we fight, hate, we are in hell.
Time to get my vision checked. I need to make an appointment with God to see how my spiritual eyes are working. Am I seeing the world clearly? Am I looking at the people around me with a bright view? Or are there blind spots in my perception of reality? Do I have a loss of clarity, a graying of my vision, a distorted opinion of the distance between me and those for whom I should care? I never take it for granted. I never assume I can see perfectly. I take the time to let the expert check me out, to test my sacred sight and help me look at life without blemish.
It's an ideal humanity seems to grapple with throughout history.
It's the same questioning
looking at the issues many nations seem to be facing.
The way were were given opportunities to approach every - and any thing from our own perspective - creates drama . . human stories . . that have varying outcomes . . as we wrestle with what's True and Just.