‘Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world’ Rumi
Yesterday, we were at my nephew’s wedding & a small, 11 month old, baby girl reached from her Mother’s arms to Ina’s bright necklace. I watched as her bright blue eyes focused & then the hands & arms stretched out to discover something new, something out there.
When the Mother offered the young one to Ina, the baby quickly reached back to wrap her arms around her Mother’s neck. Trust!
My thoughts wandered to another relative, a niece, who is entering her teens & finding herself. The separation begins. All of us found our ‘self’ at one point or another. We developed that distinct idea of who we are & saw the differences between our ‘self image’ & others.
In that action we lost the unity that we all share.
We no longer trusted the underlying oneness of the ‘unseen’ as Rumi puts it.
As the 11 month old begins to realize the outer edges of her own body, the mind will create the physical walls of her space in this world.
From the unlimited unseen will come the physical & mental limitations we set.
The trust, created through love, the act which brought forth the being from the unseen, will gradually transfer it’s focus to the mind.
This process called awareness leads to distrust as we witness the frailty of human commitment.
How is it possible to return to a state of trust, a return to the heart, where all is oneness?
This process might be known as enlightenment.
Whatever it is called, it is a return to the place where this 11 month old & our own child resides!
Once we dedicate ourselves to service, what then separates us from others?
If we feel for the needs of others & dedicate ourself to that service, where then does our individuality go?
If our individuality is subordinated have we lost our self?
Does freedom lie along that path?
Can we actually get beyond limitations, particularly self imposed?
There is a box we live in. One of the physical body but also one framed by our mind.
The boundaries are set by the way we look at the world.
What if we were to take a different perception?
Might worry & fear disappear?
To be completely happy is a wish many of us have. The path to that state is within our own control. We won’t find it through others, things, or money. It is a state of mind & flows through love, ours.
If we share unconditionally, we will reap what we sow. This is a narrow path but one that can be attained through practice & consciousness.
We must be conscious of who we are & how we relate to those around us. Reacting to others leads to stepping off the narrow path.
We must not just measure happiness, we must ‘be’ happy.
More is a trap. When do we decide we have enough?
Desire leads to dissatisfaction. This path leads to unhappiness.
Service to others brings fulfillment. Fulfillment is the route to purpose.
Can our purpose here on earth be our own happiness?
Is that heaven on earth?
Let’s find out.
A few years ago, Dave & I were invited to Royal Roads to address the business students.
Here is the complete presentation, by Dave, with Janell Karst and Rondell McKenzie, in a series of short video clips.
What on earth are we doing considering Truth & Reconciliation?
For what? What does the Canadian Commission do?
Cultural genocide! Really, here in Canada?
How could this have happened?
How could so few of us know?
Was I really so unaware?
I do remember the issue of Indians coming up in University, back in the ’60’s, but obviously did not pay enough attention.
I was into a new Rock Group, The Beatles, & of course, girl friends.
How could such an institutionalized human rights crime go so unnoticed for so long.
Canadians feel proud of their role in world peace & helping those less fortunate. Where did the thinking coming from that supported the schools & how did it get into legislation?
Questions, questions, it’s time to find answers.
Should I feel remorse or guilt?
Maybe not, but I can listen.
Can I do more?