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One without a permanent scar?
And did you miss me
While you were looking for yourself out there?
~ lyrics from Drops of Jupiter by Train
The Tao of Now: Objects In MirrorThe sticker on car side mirrors reads: "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear." We experience this "object" throughout our lives: ourselves in another, reflecting who we've been or are becoming.
I met a woman newly arrived in town about six months ago, on her journey and in a challenging space. Resonating, I offered what succor I could in the moment.
I didn't foresee she'd be in my face from that day on.
Yet I know it's not personal; she's just on her path. Plunging headfirst into my own dark night of the soul in 1993, I wrote Credo, which reads, in part,
"The process is eternal;
All travelers are one.
Wherever you appear
Upon the Sacred Path
I honor you."
Have I forgotten this commitment? Of course not. I recall my lack of discernment before reintegrating, when I couldn't comprehend others' bland, blind daily walk, and was too raw to keep from flinching at thoughtless barbs or "helpful" suggestions. I still can't recognize sarcasm.
Sobriquets of SubtletyAlchemical priestess Ariel Spilsbury refers to "a sobriquet of subtlety, divine divertissement." While I delight in her evocative use of language, the truth is: we need to be shaken from our sweet sleep of unconsciousness. The shaking is seldom subtle; its name is often Catastrophe, Sickness, Incapacity.
What others are doing as we go through this process is irrelevant. We don't miss them; we're in another reality. When I re-member (make membership again) the essential nature of the journey, my heart swells with re-cognition (to know again).
Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, wrote, Please Call Me By My True Names, a luminous poem that expresses the ineffable joy of re-union.
And as I wrote during my Inannic odyssey, "When you come face to face with The Other, in your psyche or out in the world, remember they're one and the same. All anyone can do is introduce you to yourself. So be kind to your own confusion, criticism, sadness, or fear. Acknowledging our strand in the evolutionary web is, in itself, a giant step on the path to peace."
In Lak'ech Ala K'in: Mayan for, "I am you and you are me."
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