Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reflections

After a brief hiatus for the full moon and Summer Solstice, I have returned, healthier, wiser, and more at peace, with a new teaching for you. May it help you to become healthier, wiser, and more at peace :)

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Reflections

"The Great Smoking Mirror speaks of the reflections of Self that are seen in others. Great Smoking Mirror allows the smoke screen of personal illusions to be pierced, when the mirror, which is just beyond the smoke, is caught by a shaft of illuminating light or realization. In that moment, those who are willing to look at themselves, see the illusion of their personal myth... Our criticism of other people holds no weight in the true light of self-reflection.... the lesson may convey that others are merely reflecting what we need to recognize in the Self."

---Jamie Sams, "Sacred Path Cards: The Discovery of Self Through Native Teachings", HarperSanFrancisco, 1990

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This teaching is a critical tool to anyone looking to explore their own issues and heal them. It can point out more lessons that we need to learn, or just give us a different perspective from which to see the world and everyone around us. In doing so, it will help us to grow.

To help us to understand it better, let's begin with the subject of judging others. We know it's wrong, but sometimes we see what another's issue may be, easier than we can see our own. And being aware of that issue, is not necessarily a judgment, just a truth that we are allowed a glimpse of. Ever wonder why? Should you tell the person what you are seeing about them? No, that's not why we are shown. It's like having a premonition, or intuition about a certain event. We are not usually given enough information to stop it, just a glimpse in order to see it coming, and, perhaps, spare ourselves some pain.

Reading Tarot Cards for others will give you some of those same glimpses, or intuitive hunches into the makeup of another. Here we must tread carefully, for if we say too much, we give away the lesson they are meant to learn. If we say too little, they never see it coming, and miss the lesson entirely. We help them by guiding them to their own answer to the problem, no matter how much of it we see ourselves. It is not our place to learn another's lessons for them, nor to protect them from their lessons. But a seed planted appropriately sometimes will bear fruit down the road, and this is the best way to help others, by planting the right seed at the right time.

Storytelling is a lot like that. To tell a story of something that happened to you in your life that illustrates the lesson the person needs, is a gentle way of sharing not just a part of yourself with another, but also a way to plant a seed. Native stories teach in this manner, and everyone takes from them the lesson they need to learn at the time. Even reading inspirational messages can be this way, we may not grasp the message the way it was intended, but sometimes, a teaching will come from it anyway. You can find lessons embedded in books you are reading, movies you watch, conversations you have, or just by observing others. Lessons and inspiration tend to hit us at the oddest times, in the oddest ways, when they are most needed.

That is where Reflections come in to play. Maybe you've had a few days when it seemed that everyone around you was extraordinarily hyper. How about you, were you hyper? Did any other pattern show itself to you during this time, or was that the only thing you noticed and carried away with you from the others you were near during that time? Chances are, it was, for it was the lesson you needed to see. You were being too hyper. Maybe others were too, or, maybe they weren't. It was the pattern you were led to see at the time, so that you could learn the lesson.

We tend to notice certain characteristics about others that stand out for us. Perhaps everyone seems impatient, or angry, or sad. Maybe we think they lack compassion. Maybe Truth seems to be missing from their words. Think about it. How are others perceiving you? Do they think you are not Walking in the Truth perhaps? Are you coming across as being impatient? Are you showing compassion for others in all that you do? Or are they perceiving you as not caring enough?

These are the questions we have to ask ourselves, and look within to find the answers. What traits or characteristics are standing out for us right now, from others actions and words? How are others perceiving our actions and words? This is how we become a mirror for others, and let others be our own mirror, to show us our true reflection. Being a mirror for others means that we must Walk our Talk all the time.

Let's look at the positive side of this teaching as well. Maybe we see someone who stands out in a crowd for us that we perceive as using their gifts, talents, and abilities to their fullest. What does this tell us about ourselves? We perceive the person as happy, content, traits we would enjoy having ourselves. How can we achieve them? By using our own gifts, talents, and abilities to their fullest. This teaches us a healthy lesson on how to be a positive reflection for others.

When we are happy and healthy, the reflection we put out will be encouraging to others, and prompt them to mirror our reflection.

Use the lessons of the mirror to give you positive, helpful, and gentle lessons that will help you to grow. Don't overwhelm yourself with the lessons, don't become critical of yourself and the reflection you are portraying to others. To do so does not honor the lessons you are here to learn. And we are all here to learn certain lessons. Each of us will learn each lesson in our own time. We have the time, we work on finding the tools to help us. It is a positive change we are seeking, and we go about it in a healthy manner, thinking positively all the way. We are here to be a reflection for others, as well as for ourselves. When we grow in a healthy manner, we help others to do the same.

This is the seed I plant this day... may it grow into a beautiful bloom!

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I highly recommend the Sacred Path Cards by Jamie Sams. They are an excellent tool to use for personal development.

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