We Share One Life, We Are One Life
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*Mystery, *sapa*, Flickr
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If we have no peace,it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Word spread abroad about a Holy Man who lived in a small house atop a mountain. A man from the village made a long, difficult journey to visit him. Upon arriving at the house, an aged servant greeted him at the door. "I would like," said the villager, "to see the wise Holy Man." The servant smiled. He motioned for him to enter. As they walked through the house, the villager looked eagerly around, anticipating meeting the Holy Man. Soon, he had been led to the back door and escorted outside. He stopped and turning to the servant, said, "But I want to see the Holy Man!" "You already have," said the servant. "Everyone you meet in life, even if they appear plain and insignificant, see each as a wise Holy Man. If you do this, whatever problem you brought here today will be solved."
For relationships to be graceful, we need a transformation of how we "see" persons. Transformation is not only a change in behavior, as in how we treat others. A transformation of how we "see" others is essential for peace among us.
As I grow closer to the Heart of Love, I "see" persons differently; I "see" into them, rather than just looking at them. I believe that means I see persons more through the Eyes of Grace, not the eyes of my group or my own past: religiously, politically, socially. Every creature, in its own unique way is holy, for each is part of creation participating in Life, in Love.
The labels that define persons religiously, politically, racially, ethnically, ethically, and sexually are attributes that often come to define how we view others. However, underneath all the labels is a sacred Person: Person in contrast to person. There is that of God in everyone, I truly trust and know by immediate experience. I am convinced that at the level of Person every person longs to accept the freedom that comes with this kind of knowing, for we each long to love unconditionally. And we suffer to the extent our political, religious, and social structures define us as essentially separate, rather than essentially one.
To move beyond labels - and spiritual Prayer is beyond -, which tend to separate, to what we all are together, is freeing. In this freedom, given by Love, we receive and give Love in Love.
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WE ARE EACH A LOVELY ROSE
IN THE GARDEN OF GRACE
*Just a Rose, Kat~Morgan, Flickr
The Sacred in Me Bows to the Sacred in You