October 20, 2014
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 flash 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 flash, though, gives us a hint of what else there is to see; we know there’s more, even if it’s obscured for the moment.
This metaphor applies when we allow ourselves to see the world through more than our own little ego. Our narrow way of seeing each other can be broadened if we allow an encounter, event or confrontation to act as a flash of lightning, illuminating our whole human sky so we 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.
The more we allow our beam to combine with those of others, the more light we will share, and the more darkness will subside. More light, less dark. This could be good.