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.”
By 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!