There is a space where two disparate souls can meet and dwell in peace, even if only for a few minutes here and a few minutes there. Those few minutes can keep a relationship alive and thriving for a long time if we learn how to get out of the way of our judgments. If we can believe that we are connected in that space even world peace is possible.
Last week I posted Thich Naht Hahn’s poem, “Call Me by My True Names.” In it he reminds us of our call to compassion with, the lines
“I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat, who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving.”
I am still struggling to get out of the way of the pirate’s evil deed in order to enter into the sacred space where we are one. I believe in the space and I know that in order to enter it I have to leave dualistic thinking behind. Thinking like, “Pirate evil. Me good.” Meister Eckhart tells us
The eye with which I see god
is the same eye with which god sees me.
My eye and God’s eye are one.
One seeing, one knowing, one loving.
If the eye with which the pirate sees god is the same eye with which god sees the pirate, why is it so hard to believe that the space where the pirate is seen by god is the same space where I am seen by god, and it is holy. If we can live in that space long enough we are home. We arrive with all our faults and we are loved anyway…both of us.
I have found that I cannot believe this with my mind. The only way I can begin to feel compassion for the pirate is to go into the eye of god. I rediscovered a mantra given to me by Spirit in another blog. It has been helpful:
Breathing in I welcome the other.
Breathing out I release judgment.
Breathing in I am at one with the other
Breathing out I release duality.
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