This weekend I took my son to a local art’s festival. There were so many people there, and there were many friends that we connected with during the four hours we were there. When I reflect back on all the people we engage conversation with, it was quite a mix. Somehow it was really effortless to have conversations with them all even though they were so different and significant at different times in my life. This, of course, really reaffirms that there is a common thread of light that runs through us all.
Yet I know that there are many people in the world that I do not really want to engage with because I know that there are vast differences in our chosen life styles, diets, the way we dress, the way we look at the world. But if I could suspend my own prejudices, desires and fears and search out for our common light, it would actually strengthen me as a person and generate more light and honor the truth that we have something to give and receive in every encounter or situation.
I do not need to force anyone to be the way I am. I do need to be open. Maturity for me is when the mirrors in our minds turn to doors, and we see ourselves walking through and embracing others.
Throughout life, mirrors are integrated into our way of thinking, for a number of very different reasons. As we grow, in both age and awareness, these mirrors tend to shift, reflecting insight into different areas of our consciousness. We have the opportunity to use these connections to turn the illusions of reflection into clarity. These reflections that our self gives us throughout our lives are some of the most difficult to deal with, yet hold some of the most powerful opportunities for growth that we will ever receive. To look at ourselves when we feel ugly, or angry, or unbalanced in some other way is a very hard thing to do. It is usually not a time when we feel the desire to sit with ourselves quietly and reflect. Instead we may feel like running, quickly, in the other direction, far far away, and hiding from what our lesson is trying to teach us. However, to remedy the uncomfortable feelings within, we need to stop and listen to our hearts. The people that surround us in our lives are also there to reflect a little piece of who we are. There have been times when I have felt uncomfortable around someone or with something a person shared, yet I know that when I really listened to my inner voice, it tells me that it is really only my own judgment causing me disharmony in my thoughts.
It is nice to think that we could possibly never have the opportunity to gain clarity without the distractions that present themselves in life. There is also a great beauty behind the thought of standing face to face with others, letting the energy flow back and forth, through an untainted pane of glass, amplifying the beauty of life’s lessons.