Day 12 of the Illumination Journey is here!
So, do you find yourself illuminated?
What’s new? What have you discovered about yourself? About life? I’d love to hear.
If you read last night’s post then you know I went to bed thinking about what in my life needed to be turned upside down. I took that query into my dreams and trusted I would receive an answer.
Here’s what I dreamed:
I was in a hospital emergency room. A harried, harrassed looking doctor was there, along with a lot of people waiting to see her or one of the other doctors. She seemed intent that my case would be assigned to her. In her rush to get through with what she was doing and get back to me before I went to one of the other docs, she stumbled right over a little girl. I picked up the baby and wondered why the doctor was so concerned that I see her, rather than somebody else.
As I pondered the dream this morning during my meditation time, I thought of the children’s book The Three Questions, which is based on a Tolstoy story.
The three questions are:
1) When is the best time to do things?
2) Who is the most important one?
3) What is the right thing to do?
The boy in the story finds the answers to his questions through an experience that happens in the book, and an old turtle helps him realize what he already knows:
1) There is only one important time, and that time is now.
2) The most important one is always the one you are with
3) The most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side.
The doctor in my dream represented the part of my personality who things she needs to orchestrate everything, who believes it is all up to her, who does not trust something larger than herself to get it sorted. She rushes around, trying to do everything herself, sometimes missing or even damaging what is most important.
The little girl in my dream was my epiphany this year.
She is the magical child in myself and in others. And I can tend to my life purpose by being present to her, wherever I find her. And she is always there. I don’t need to look somewhere else, or rush through what I’m doing right now to get to the “important” thing. I don’t need to go anywhere, or do anything, to find God, or to be closer to Divinity. She/He is being born all the time, in every person, in every moment. I only need to slow down, be present, trust in the perfection of whatever is happening.
“How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” Eckhart Tolle
Poet and writer John O’Donohue, who shed his body three years ago this week, insisted that God is not somewhere else, but everywhere, in every experience, in every one. So whether or not you think you’ve found illumination in these 12 days, you have. Because the Divine is with you. Right now.
Peace of Epiphany to you,