The window washers are coming today and soon I will see clearly from the inside out. Now if I can just clean up the of the window of my mind, I will see clearly from the outside in. Once in a while if I’m not paying close attention, things can get a little murky in here.
Sometimes, when I have a bit of spare time, I enjoy peeking through the windows of the minds of other bloggers, especially those who share their innermost thoughts, feelings, challenges, struggles, and insecurities. Sometimes the view through the windows of others provides a clearer reflection of myself.
Bloggers tend to tell the truth about themselves, about what they’re thinking and feeling. Their honesty is refreshing, and sheds a light in the darkness. In finding light in others, I find light within myself.
One of the most profound aspects of my education as a spiritual seeker was my training as a facilitator. True service, we were taught, lies in healing oneself first in order to help others—healing the unhealed healer. Thus, we became both students and teachers to one another, working together toward healing the parts of ourselves that were the obstacles to inner peace.
In the process, we discovered that no one is immune from the machinations of a mind ruled by the ego. We learned that we are all subject to the aspect of ourselves that would have us believe that we are unworthy, undeserving, and unlovable. We learned that there is great healing in the willingness to share the depths of one’s being in the safety of a trusted confidant. We learned that the more we are able to see into the soul of another, the more there is to love.
I am no stranger to the battle between love and fear. Why do we hesitate to share our inner truth with another? It all about fear. Fear of embarrassment, of being judged, misperceived, misunderstood, flawed, fear that the truth will somehow reveal the insecure, unlovable parts of the self that we do not wish to acknowledge to ourselves or to others. The bottom line? It is a fear of loss of love.
My greatest lessons in life were learned in the intense six-month facilitator training where as both student and teacher, I discovered that the willingness of another to share her deepest and most personal aspects of her being drew me closer in compassion and love, because in the other person, I could see my own struggle to overcome the parts of myself that I perceived as unlovable.
In spite of all of my spiritual education and training, I still find that I fall prey to the tricks of the ego; the window of my soul get foggy and I lose sight of who I am. The return trip to sanity requires only that I sit and be still, find the quiet in my Soul, ask for help, and remember that love is the Windex that will make the window of my Soul sparkle.
Note: The photo above is courtesy of New Waves of Light, a website designed by anonymous individuals around the world who share the intention of bringing light and love to a world of darkness and chaos. (newwavesoflight.org or NWOL.us).