However your mind is, however your heart is,
however your attitude is, that’s how you see your world.
Instead of taking for granted all that is around us, we have spent time this week examining what we see in our own world. We have noticed if we respond positively or negatively to what we take in through our eyes. I have suggested that you might take action in bringing into your field of vision visual items and scenes that are comforting and appealing to you. In doing so, you might have been aware of a shift in your attitude.
Here is an example I can mention right now. I am looking out of my office window. I can see a snow-covered lawn and evergreen trees. I find this vision generally soothing but there is a lot of snow now. Will the deer and squirrels make it through all of this snow? I could give attention to this. But I have also placed corn and apples and thistle seed outside. Now I see that the squirrels are coming with their flickering tails. And there are a few deer tracks in the snow. All kinds of birds have alighted to partake of the seeds and corn. This scene gives me great pleasure and happiness and I feel united with nature. I “put” those animal treats out myself so I could be made happy at watching this little backyard menagerie. On the other hand, I also understand that this scene is my own “play” that I have created.
Earlier this week, we did some experiments in seeing our world and testing certain realities. Did you notice that positive and negative responses were evoked by some of what you observed? What happened when you surveyed all objects and tried being neutral about all of them? When you closed your eyes, did they seem to be still there? Try this:
Return to our affirmation about loving yourself. Calm your body and breath, be silent for a while. Envision love flowing through you and around you. Now let that love extend to everything you see with your eyes. Can you do this? Does it take some practice?
- We say that everything, everything, is part of Divine Consciousness, part of God and Love. Can you imagine that?
- In yoga, we talk about energy centers on the body, called chakras and nadis. One of these is located in the area between the eyebrows. It is where you might see a mark on the face of many Indian people. We call it “the third eye.” It is how we see the world through divine wisdom, not through the physical eyes. What if you saw the world that way, saturated with love.
Spend the rest of this lesson noticing how you see the world and how it influences you. Maybe you will see love as an extension of your own loving self. What if there is no separation between the loving you and all the love in the world? Could you BE the actual source of that love? Just wondering…
I’ll be “seeing” you in the next lesson.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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