Seeing the Light

lightThe phrase, “See­ing the light,” has been used in many ways. I often hear it used in ref­er­ence to a per­son mov­ing from being “in the dark” about some­thing, to a place of understanding.

Today I’d like to have you think about those words in a dif­fer­ent way. Instead of “see­ing the light” about a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject, I’d like to talk about it in terms of “See­ing the Light” which all of us carry within ourselves.

Though all of us come from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, expe­ri­ences and per­haps have very dif­fer­ent beliefs, I’m will­ing to bet that most of us can agree that there is some­thing spe­cial about every human being. Some, of course, call it a “Soul” or oth­ers per­haps a “Spirit,” an “Essence” or merely a “Light.”

I sup­pose I’ve always know that to be true. How­ever, that doesn’t mean I con­sciously knew it. One of the best exam­ples I can think to give you is how I would treat cer­tain peo­ple with­out even know­ing what I was doing.

Espe­cially when I lived in places such as NYC, San Fran­cisco or other large cities, I used to pass home­less peo­ple and peo­ple with major dis­abil­i­ties or defor­ma­tions all the time. I found myself basi­cally shut­ting down, look­ing away, hold­ing my breath, and hop­ing that I wouldn’t have any inter­ac­tion with them.

But after tak­ing some time to con­sciously remind myself that all of us are equally amaz­ing and that all of us have that “Light” inside of us, I started to pur­posely look for that light. So instead of hold­ing my breath and look­ing away, I found myself look­ing into the eyes of other peo­ple and pur­posely SEEING them and their light. Oth­ers refer to it as their “Lov­ing Essence.”

BJckNbJCcAE-lHYBy doing this, I found that I was also tak­ing time to rec­og­nize and appre­ci­ate the Light inside myself. The act of doing this also brought me to a place of com­pas­sion as well. It’s truly a pow­er­ful exercise.

I encour­age you to try this for your­self today. It doesn’t have to be with a home­less per­son or some­one with a dis­abil­ity. It could be any­one. Or you might choose to do this with every­one you run into today. I find it espe­cially hum­bling when I look for that Light in the eyes and being of a per­son who has a ten­dency to irri­tate me or push my buttons.

You might even find it dif­fi­cult to do at first. But I bet you’ll that if you really set the inten­tion to see and honor that Light in oth­ers, you’ll have some inter­est­ing feel­ings come up. Maybe even a warm and fuzzy feeling!

Remem­ber, com­mu­ni­ca­tion does not always require that words are exchanged. Best of luck!

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