Building Your Spiritual Home
There are times when it helps to separate out two kinds
of vision. Our first vision is aware of time, place, our list
of to dos, the drama of our lives. The second vision is of
the world of soul and is full of compassion and love. Instead
of seeing others as neurotic, problematic, attractive or funny,
we are aware of the soul of the person and see their striving,
their wishes and efforts to be better. Sometimes when I am
with a patient who is exuding resentment or bitterness, I
tune out for a minute, unfocus my eyes and imagine the hurt
and despair that are driving them. I can then feel compassion.
At these times, I am seeing them more as God sees them, and
as God sees us. I am using second vision.
We can use both kinds of vision. First vision is much better
when we are driving a car, or working on our income taxes.
But the more time we spend in second vision, the closer we
come to the world of Love: to God’s world. And the more
we dissolve our sense of a self that is connected to the surface
of things, the more we can live in that second world. This
is God’s realm, where time and space dissolve. It is
probably here that “mystical” experience occurs.
1) Have you ever had the experience of tuning out from the
anger or bitterness a friend is expressing and sensing the
pain and struggle within?
Does that change your reaction?
GET A LIFE
THE JOY OF A DEPRESSED
OPENING MANY DOORS
THE PATH OF MEDITATION
GIVING UP CONTROL
MARRIAGE AS A CHANGE
STRUCTURES THAT SUPPORT
VERMONT AND NATURE
TO HELL WITH DIGNITY
COMPANIONS ON THE ROAD
WHAT SHAPES LIFE
MAKING FRIENDS WITH GOD