June 6 2016
Light – The Beam? Or the Brilliance?
One of Merriam Webster’s definitions of “beam” is “a line of light coming from a source.” Our headlights and flashlights give us beams – limited illumination for a path in the darkness.
A lightning strike during a storm can briefly and brilliantly illuminate our whole 360º vision for a momentary flash, but then the darkness returns and we have to depend on other sources for our light once again. That momentary brilliance, though, gives us a hint of what else there is to see; the flash might be gone, but now we know there’s more, even if it’s obscured for the moment.
This can be a metaphor if we allow ourselves to view life and All That Is as the 360° and our little ego as the beam of light. Our narrow way of seeing ourselves and each other can be broadened if we allow an encounter, event or confrontation to be that flash of lightning, illuminating our whole human sky so we can see and can understand another’s point of view.
A Course in Miracles calls this “another way of seeing” and it can be the path to forgiveness, balance and softening around the edges of our own opinions, intractability and narrowness.
Darkness can subside if we combine our beam of light with that of others. More light, less dark. This could be good.