"Everyone sees the unseen
in proportion to the clarity of his heart,
and that depends upon how much he has polished it.
Whoever has polished it more sees more -
more unseen forms become manifest to him.”
One of the things I am personally working on improving is the quality of being more grounded, more fully present in any given moment, and centered. Only by having a more disciplined approach to focused intent can I be free of regretful thoughts, petty passing distractions, and future worries. Rather than setting aside time to sit quietly in solitary meditation, I open the gates and take a meditative stance in the calm or noise in every moment of the normal flow of life.
Perhaps my Zen training comes into play here, for I can find solace any time just by posturing my attitude to perceive any action or inaction as a meditative opportunity. Doing the dishes becomes a meditation. Raking the leaves becomes a meditation. Moving my bowels becomes a meditation. There is no occasion that passes that cannot be appreciated for its intrinsic value and joyful expression in the moment. I can quiet my mind and become a receiving station for the universe under any circumstance. Cultivating inner focus and detaching from the cumbersome details of everyday life then become a conscious choice.
By living from the center, without bias for up and down, right or wrong, now or then, I am always prepared with a pure response to whatever arises, with compassion and understanding. I stand in the calm while the storm about me rages, knowing love's eternal plan perfectly guides and controls all of life. I sit atop the mountain, poised intensely on the edge of infinity. As I open my heart, the distant horizon becomes more clear. More and more of the unseen realm comes into view. I am receiving more and more as I become more divinely attuned. Higher Mind increasingly dominates the landscape, within and without.
I only wish I could find the words to share what my opening heart is receiving. The view from the slopes and the valleys below offers only a hint of the perspective from the top. I beckon others to follow, to abandon the safety of the slopes and valleys, to take on the risks of going higher. Only a climber with heart can touch the sky. Words and photographs will never portray what will forever remain unseen by those unwilling to expend the effort to reach for a higher dream.