Sincerity is that which flows out of your genuine innermost self. Without this, honesty is mistaken adn insufficient. It is like trying to move in a boat without an oar.
– Mochimasa Hikita
It is one thing to see accurately. It is another to allow yourself to feel what you see with sincerity. And still another to allow your actions in the world to be formed by both honest seeing and sincere feeling.
All this reminds me of the stained glass master in Europe who would teach three ways of seeing as necessary to create a sacred window. First, she would say, there is the need to see what image of life shapes the window. Next, there is the need to ill the window with color. And finally, there is the act – the pledge – to let it all come alive by placing it in the light.
How like stained glass we are. Honesty enables us to discover the images of life that shape us, the images that scratch and stain us with experience. But these are nothing without the sincerity of heart that will fill them and us with color. And then, if we are to come alive at all, we must place ourselves in the light.
We all kow how sudden and billiant a stained glass window can be: dirty and opaque one moment and breathtaking as soon as the sun floods in and we can see it from the inside. We are the same: sacred windows in the making. So to place ourselves in thelight and to see each other from the inside are the most important skills we can learn.
When we do these things we are practicing devotion. This may sound difficult but it is no different than how we coordinate eye, hand, and mouth to eat every day. It is basic and necessary, and, after we learn, we do it every day without thinking.
This week’s Soul Challenge:
*this is an eating meditation: Place a bowl of cereal or fruit before you
*breathe deeply and eat slowly
*as you see your food, think honesty
*as you lift your food, think sincerity
*as you take your food in, think devotion
Chief Travel Partner
Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
I love you deeply, for in truth we are old friends.
We are One.