The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
If you take away objects of beauty, what’s left? If you can not see, you can feel. Without objects to see, how does beauty feel? What do emotions find beautiful?
The “things” that feel beautiful for me are things that lift my emotions to a higher state. When I think about infinity, or high ideals, those things lift my emotions.
There are ways other than seeing to know beauty. But those ways are within yourself, not outside yourself.
Awe moves my emotions, as does reverence, and deep appreciation.
A beautiful song takes my breath away. (I could not embed it, but I encourage you to watch this video for a sense of beautiful peace)
When I sit with a fire for a few hours, there is definitely a lifting that happens. My emotions feel lighter, and I feel more harmony with everything around me.
In the Helen Keller quote, the perception of beauty comes through noticing. In order to see beauty beyond sight, one must notice inner movements, feelings, vibrations. One must feel emotions and notice how energy is moving or not moving in the body.
If you think something is beautiful, ask your body. How is your body reacting or responding to the thought of beauty?
The next time you think something is beautiful, try feeling it–what is it that you feel? What is the feeling?
The Divine Presence of Love is the most natural energy in the world and beyond. Through the wisdom of Love, we understand wealth as an expression of our Divine nature, to be cultivated in consciousness, expressed, and shared. Our love is infinite. Our wealth is infinite. We realize this as our reality and circulate wealth with joy and gratitude.
Transforming consciousness in many ways is simply (or not so simply) changing the perception of what words (or symbols) mean, shifting concepts that lie behind words, for a new understanding—and thus a new experience—of the words themselves.
For weeks and weeks Anne Sullivan spelled the individual letters w-a-t-e-r into Helen Keller’s hand, trying to get her to understand the symbols had meaning, but they were meaningless to Helen, just play, nonsense. Helen had no context, no connection between the symbols and a concept. Helen, of course, knew what water was—she drank it, bathed in it, but there was no connection between her experience and the symbols, and therefore no understanding. Then one day while pumping water, Anne Sullivan took Helen’s hand placed it under the water and spelled w-a-t-e-r. Something clicked. Helen realized there was a connection between the experience and the “nonsense” movements in her hand. In that moment when she made the connection between the symbols (w-a-t-e-r), the idea (wet stuff that comes out of the pump), and the experience (this is w-a-t-e-r!), there was a new understanding; her world opened up.
The guiding thoughts are doing something similar. They take our minds into a concept and ask us to see symbols in a new way, with a new understanding.
…are all just symbols that point to a concept, which leads to an experience. The difference between us and Helen Keller is that we already associate these symbols with a meaning. We are not learning as blank slates, as Helen was; we must transform meanings we already hold. Repeating the Guiding Thoughts are like Anne Sullivan spelling w-a-t-e-r under the pump in Helen’s palm, like Divine Love patiently prompting us to see the connections between the words, their meanings, and our experiences, so that we gain a new understanding.
Which raises the question: which comes first, the experience or the understanding? Do I experience the w-e-a-l-t-h of Divine Love and gain better understanding, or do I suddenly understand w-e-a-l-t-h and thus have an experience of it? Or perhaps the experience and the understanding occur simultaneously?
I tend to think recognized experience leads to greater understanding, but sometimes they occur simultaneously (which, when this happens, feels like an epiphany, a realization, or a huge “ah-ha!”).
I think the reason all of this has come out is because I am currently very aware of being stuck in my own personal old concepts of m-o-n-e-y. It’s like I know how limited my thinking is, and I know I am working diligently to move out of it, through it, but I haven’t made the connection between the new concept of money (“My Own Natural Energy Yield, the most natural energy in the world and beyond, Love), and what the experience of that is, much less, how that relates to living in a material world where value of ideas, goods, and services is exchanged through money.
I am not one who thinks of materiality (including money) as unspiritual or the antithesis of spirituality. I do, however, recognize that my (old) ideas about it reflect what I have learned socially and culturally, which is a materialistic (sometimes seen as “bad”) view.
If you have done any mental-spiritual work, perhaps you have felt the lightness of spiritual thoughts. Spirit “moves faster” than matter; there can be these amazing revelations, realizations, or thoughts to which the mind says, “Ahhhhh, I see so much so clearly!” Yet, try to put those thoughts into action, bringing them into the material world, and they become sluggish, hazy, perhaps confused. Matter is denser and not as nimble as spirit, it takes more time to effect change (until we are masters of matter).
To work on a spiritual consciousness of money means two things: it means opening the consciousness to congruence with Love, and it means lifting material/financial interactions into harmony, integrity, and harmlessness (spiritual qualities).
In other words, it means bringing the spiritual to the material while bringing the material to the spiritual.
With my cooperation, Divine Love is spelling a-b-u-n-d-a-n-c-e in my palm over and over and over while flowing through me as my Natural Divine Presence…until finally something clicks, and I will be able to see the connection between the concept of Divine Love as the expression of my Divine Nature, my material experience of abundance, and the symbols.
If Anne Sullivan could have so much patience, I can too.