Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday Wish (26)


The office was warm but not hot. The color of the carpet didn’t matter nor did the color of the walls. But the lighting, from a small lamp beside the couch, did. It was golden and kind, like the softness of an afternoon sun after a lazy summer day.

One of the walls was covered in books. They were neatly packed like smiling soldiers, each one begging to be chosen over the rest. A candy store for the escape-inclined. A memory bank for the memory-declined. The other wall, ohh, how have I forgotten to tell you about the other wall? For that is my favorite part of the whole room. The other wall was an entire wall of windows. Floor to ceiling. And beyond that thin glass was one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen. No matter the season, no matter the time, the flowers spoke, the leaves trilled, the trees, they whispered and hovered and helped me see. Helped all of us to see…

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The young woman with the red hair sat in the chair with the high sides. The comfy one with her back to the wall of books, her eyes drawn to the lush gardens outside. She barely looked at the therapist who sat across from her, a woman who seemed to linger deeply on the red haired angel with eyes lit from within. They had been talking for weeks and this day, this is what they said…

            “You see the potential in others, my dear, but I’m afraid their reality, it often times eludes you.”
            “Potential?”
            “You see with a deeper eye, the eye of your soul. You see what others are at their best, but not who they always choose to be.”
            “I am flawed.” She hung her head down with a sigh. “I make people feel bad about themselves.”
            “Is it flawed or gifted to see someone at their best?”
            The red haired angel raised her head, her eyes wide, vulnerable, brave. She swallowed a lump and began,  “Yes, it is flawed but my flaws enable me to live a more beautiful life. A mystic life. Painful, for I continually watch people choose to live as something less than what they really are, but beautiful because I am able to see with my soul. I taste essence every day and essence… is always love.”
The therapist turned her head to look outside into the garden. “The oak tree lives in the acorn but it is rarely seen. For most of us, the acorn is just a pretty seed. We forget to look within, to truly see. You teach us to see.”
And the red haired angel grew a happy tear and said, “It was never just an acorn. Never to me.”

Acorns
uacescomm photostream, via flickr
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My Wednesday Wish For You?

To see others with the eyes of your soul this week, to see their essence, the oak tree that lives within the acorn. But how? First, take a deep breath and remember. Remember because you know. You know how to see. Open your heart. Listen. And see. Second, if that memory is buried so deeply you don’t even know where to look, then try these exercises to remind you that you do, to remind you of something I promise you, you already know how to do.

1. When you see someone after not seeing them for a while, see them with fresh eyes. Forget the past. All of it. Wipe the slate clean. Let them reinvent themselves, every time. Yes, difficult. No, not impossible. You are up for the challenge. Remember, baggage clouds sight.

2. Look into eyes. Don’t analyze, let yourself swim naturally. What do you feel when you gaze into her eyes? Do you dive in, feel welcome and free? Or do you find the water cool, too cool for swimming? Is she afraid? Was she hurt earlier today? Is she hiding herSelf? Move with her, let your feelings be your guide.

3. Don’t focus on words, listen for feelings. Hers and your own. What is she really saying? Does she resonate with a harmonious chord? Or do you feel jagged edges, sharp pricks, b-flat? Sink into what you are given, never pry, and open your own heart as a welcoming gift for her own.

4. Love. Simple but profound, yes love. Find that place within yourself where you are most at peace, most centered, most who you are. Dwell there. Get your rhythm before you leave. Then take that essence, your own, and come out into the breezeway. Breathe in your strength. Stand tall. And walk, one step at a time. Be in your love and you will see love in others, too. Be in your essence and you will see the essence of others, too.

12 comments:

  1. Well Brynne, I think you’ve already given here the advice I’ve been seeking. Now I shall read this again and again, ponder it deep in my heart, and reconnect with the essence that is my true Self.
    Wonderful wish. xoxoxo
    Thank you!

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    1. I smile so deeply as I read you, Debra, sooo deeply. You are pure lovely, pure love, angel:) Thank you.

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  2. wow! definitely a presence of magic!!! Thank you so much:)

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    1. Thank you! I am soO happy you liked it, Diane/Chad:) Have a beautiful week!

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  3. Ahhhh.... my dear sweet Brynne. :-) I love Wednesdays, even though I often don't find the magical day until Friday. We must be on the same harmonic, for your words always resonate within me, warming me as I read down and discover your weekly gift.

    The wisest words are always the ones that feel like your own thoughts, even though someone else spoke them. I needed this now Brynne, thank you for the reminder.

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    1. Its a curious delight that your words always resonate with me, too, my friend....and somehow they also always manage to give me flight when my wings are weary. Thank you for visiting, dear John and thank you for sharing your ever-open heart.

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  4. Hi Byrnne,
    I've probably said it before but I have to repeat myself - you write SO beautifully!
    I particularly love this:"Let them reinvent themselves, every time." For me this makes me think of Anthony DeMello's presentation. He said we don't actually see people, but just what they are and have been to us. But thinking of it this way - LETTING them reinvent themselves has got to be as liberating for us as for them!
    :-)
    Lori

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    1. Aww, Lori...thank you sOO much. I am soO happy you like my writing! I dont know Anthony DeMello so now I get to go look him up! And yay, liberating...for ALLLL of us is right! Thank you for sharing your joy with me here, dear Lori! Joy-filled hugs right back to you!:)

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  5. Each week it feels as if you are swimming in my eyes and seeing what I need most for this moment...dear beautiful Brynne, the fact that you are in this world, and that you share these wonderful insights brings warm air under my wings to carry me that little bit further than i believed I could fly.
    :)

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    1. Maybe thats just part of loving you, Jo? I dont know...for you do the same for me, my friend. SoOo very very often. Have a beautiful week, angel Jo:)

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  6. Brynne, every visit to your blog leaves me enlightened, spiritually moved, emotionally connected. I enjoy your posts so much, lovely lady! I'm thankful that I've learned for the most part, to see people through the eyes of my soul. It's a bit harder if they're not kind, but I always try to do so. I'll admit that sometimes I succeed and other times, I remind myself I have to try harder. Nevertheless, this post serves to remind me of the importance of tapping into our very being before looking at others. Thank you, friend. Hugs for you! :)

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    1. Angel Bella...you always brighten my path and leave me with a deeper smile. Thank you. Thank you for always sharing your heart so freely with us all...:)

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