Do I know how beautiful I am? Do I have any idea what Beauty created me, what Beauty adorns me, what Beauty permeates and surrounds me? Do I know all Beauty is a gift of Love, leading me to Itself?
Reflection / Contemplation
It was over 20 years ago in my reading of the work of Stephen Levine, the Buddhist author whose work around death and dying provided great insight and comfort as my husband’s father was on hospice. Levine’s work took me to a place of Beauty I had never before gone. A therapist had tried to take me there once, prior to my reading his work. I could not go on that journey until Stephen Levine words offered this particular pathway to me.
His statement was that when we experience or feel love, it is actually a mirror that is being held up to us. We are being reflected back upon ourselves. The Divine we see in others is, in truth, a reflection of the Divine in us. WHAT?!! And here I had thought the love that I feel and express is just me be a good person, and one that I am supposed to be. Knowing that the Divine is in me is one thing, owning it is altogether another thing.
My knowing and owning my Beauty has been and continues to be a work in progress. There are parts or ways of my knowing that are easier to navigate. Maybe it is because I have given them more attention or there are less societal and cultural judgments to navigate. My taking ownership of my own Beauty has implications too, and that I know is part of future conversations with this project
For now, this intention piece keeps showing up. I periodically re-enter the world of “Mirror” work, both for personal development and application to my body work practice. I am finding how much work it takes for me look into the mirror without judgement on my appearance or give attention head noise, and maintain a steady focus on the heart energy exchange, that deep connection with my own inner beauty/Divine. To be honest, I know I am just dipping my toe in the mirror’s waters right now.
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Here is the schedule:
Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)