Sometimes on this journey through time, we are surprised to see facets of self that we had not been aware of. These little demons jump out at us and are interesting to meet. I am not talking about big glaring faults that others are only too happy to point out to you. I am talking about relatively small errors that can develop behind the scenes of our life. These are always present, but we do not see them clearly! Once they show their faces, we can become flooded with all the times in our life that they were right in our line of vision. I have had many such encounters and after my initial “oh no”, I am grateful to meet them while I still have time to (hopefully) be more aware and to the best of my ability clean the areas of my life that have come forward for healing. Ram Das called this “polishing the mirror”. Polishing the mirror through which we know ourselves. To “know thyself” is over the entrance to Delphi in Greece. It does not say keep tabs on what others are doing. And nowhere have I seen it said, ‘bring the perceived errors of our neighbor to the attention of others”. I remind you this is not in the light of criminal acts, or abuse of the vulnerable. We are discussing human frailties that we are all guilty of but do not recognize! Errors that do no harm other than to self. Of course, often our little errors can be at the very least annoying to others. They can also block awareness of greater errors! It is amazing how embarrassed one can be in the privacy of home as we become aware of the mistakes we have made and do make on a regular basis! Just the act of being aware of the problem is important and puts us on the path of clearing space for greater understanding. We really do not have to “do”; we need only “be”. The very consciousness of being aware is a blessing. A healing! Awareness is a part of waking up! This message came to be because a friend and I were at the same moment made aware of sharing the same issue. We are here with one another for a reason. We serve one another even when we do not realize the nature of our being together. A story is told of a man in despair and lamenting life... he asks the woman with him: “What’s the point of living?” The woman thinks for a long time and she says: “we have each other” ..... We do have each other and everyone in our life is a gift!
Namaste! emmy chetkin
Lifetime member COLS Wildflower Editor