Outside of a large, indoor flea market, near the metal railings around the expansive entryway, I stop unlocking my bicycle to look up. A middle-aged man is approaching, climbing a steep grade up from the lower-level parking lot. He is accompanied by three, young adult children. Everyone is fresh from church and dressed to the nines.
It is Sunday afternoon. My bicycle trip is a spontaneous break from the intensive gardening I was about all morning, designed to help me get the kinks out of my overworked arms, legs and spine.
Walking about four to five feet apart from one another, the family that is approaching me is so replete with the Light of God’s Grace that the space about them is suffused with a brightness akin to the light of the sun. My mouth opens involuntarily as I observe the spectacle of so much Light gathered about this one family.
Then, I watch as the protector of this group of amazing souls stiffens at the intensity of my gaping gaze, sure that my unkempt gardening clothes, mode of transportation and the dissimilarity of our backgrounds, our ethnicities, may also be putting him on edge.
I want to tell him about what I am seeing, so much Light; the love that each child holds; the radiant Grace present in their family; and, most especially, that his children are blessed and will be further blessed.
But, I say nothing.
Our physicality gets in the way. The physicality of our apparent dissimilarities shuts my mouth. The hurdle of inequitable social treatment silences my voice. Instead of inviting direct contact, I say a prayer of protection for this man and his children, asking God to keep these individuals out of harms way and to help them fulfill their holy blueprint.
Last night, a restaurant owner told me a non-truth.
“So what?” you might ask.
I made an inquiry about the evening’s menu offerings and was told that there was an issue with vegetable availability. I knew this was a non-truth because the restauranteur’s energetic field went from being its natural, shiny and luminescent self to a dull and deeply non-luminescent haze. The observation of this radical, spiritual shift was painful for me to observe, as I had come to trust this individual to speak truthfully with me.
Internally, I countered with the questions, “Really? You have to lie to me about vegetable availability?” (Vegetable availability is generally a non-issue in the US restaurant industry, unless an establishment is committed to serving locally-sourced, fresh produce.)
Non-truths, when wittingly thought, held, spoken or acted upon, cause Spirit to become damaged or injured. Even simple, so-called, “white” lies, such as this non-truth would qualify to be labelled, are injurious to the person speaking them and disrespectful of the inner Light abiding in would-be hearers.
Truths, non-truths and attempting to understand what the Truth might be are things with which all of us struggle—because it is often difficult for us to sort through and articulate our very personal, internal emotional experiences about the world, as well as our being habituated to living the bulk of our time quite separate from the inner sanctum of the heart, where ultimate Reality or pure Spirit resides.
When I first became aware of how critical connecting myself to my perception of my current, working Truth was, I ended up choosing to move into silence.
At the time that I moved into silence, I felt there were almost no words or perceptions that I could safely state without bumping up against some form of non-truth. Then, I entered a phase where I qualified my verbal observations with clauses such as, “My current perception of the situation is…,” “It may be that…,” or “It seems to me, at this time, as though….” My hope was that by couching my observations amid these qualifiers, I could remain open to questions about what the “Truth” was, is, or might be, as well as avoiding further damage to my inner Light.
What I have learned is this: Words and the manner in which they are used are—potentially—powerful tools and shapers of our experiential reality. In most cases, I have found it is better to check my perception of “Reality,” with two key questions, “What is going on here?” and “How, if at all, am I to be involved in this situation or with this/these person/people?”
Silence has become a dear friend and a critical place of refuge, because, more often than not, we are operating, drawing conclusions, making decisions and engaging in concrete actions based upon incomplete, inaccurate or out-right false narratives. Still, there are times when we must speak and act in order to better learn about a situation, place, person, time and to discern the extent to which we should or should not become actively involved in a set of circumstances.
Thus, the next time a group of words leaves your mouth, consider the manner in which you are sharing your personal observations or current, working truth and how you might retool your word choices or what you choose to share, so that you are speaking, as accurately as possible, about your perception regarding the Truth of a situation. It is one of the best ways to honor Spirit.
The concept of transfiguration appears both in Christianity and Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). In modernity, Christian discussions regarding Jesus’ transfiguration generally focus on his garments turning white as snow–whether figurative or literal.
But, it is not Jesus’ garments that became changed; it was the manner in which He wore pure Spirit. His luminosity permeated and encompassed Him in an even more radiantly brilliant and pronounced manner with his transfiguration. The shift in Jesus’ visual presentation allowed the disciples accompanying him to see Jesus’ Divine Spirit more readily and clearly.
My second sight came in after a period of serious physical illness. So, it was difficult for me to trust the luminescent overlay I was seeing on the phenomenal world. What was real? The physical world? The spiritual world?
In many Eastern philosophical traditions, students on the path are taught to be aware of thought, word and action forms, because, “as one thinks, one becomes.” Each form of thought, word, and deed, is progressively more dense than the last (and more difficult to redress, should redress prove necessary). This concept of density may be visualized in the graphic language of cartoonists as the thought bubble, conversation balloon and–BAM–the action graphic.
Second sight or no, for the longest time I remained a doubting and inquisitive skeptic.
Then, one day, after a particularly thorough and rebalancing acupuncture appointment, when I found myself being driven home behind a car with a most derisive bumper sticker about the false nature of spirituality, I thought to myself, “How sad that that person may never experience Grace and the Oneness of All things.”
And, in a moment of sincere compassion, I uttered a simple prayer, “Please open that person’s crown, so they may have a genuine spiritual experience.” Although I was not anticipating any results, I witnessed a non-luminescent, triangular solid come flying out of the top of the person’s head–only to have it land next to the side of the road. Consider this.
Fill yourself and your mind’s time with kind and sincere wishes for others and their wellbeing. If no leading is granted to you about what sincere wish to offer and you do not know what to pray on another’s behalf, ask for whatever is in another’s highest Light. Angels will attend thee.
I am uncertain by exactly what mechanism I was given the gift of second sight; but, in 2001, receive it I did. It may have happened as a result of my redoubled commitment to my yogic practices, because of a prolonged physical illness or simply because it was time for me to see the world from a more consistently spiritual perspective. Whatever the reason or reasons for the addition of this gift to my toolbox-for-living, it altered and continues to inform the manner in which I interact with the physical world.
With second sight, one of the first things that you notice is that the physical plane possesses a spiritually or energetically visible and parallel component. Thus, in my worldview—when I am observing with second sight or “on” and quite often I choose to be “off” for ease of social mobility—the world is comprised of an enhanced array of pure color which varies in intensity and luminosity.
For example, taking into consideration the issue of a person’s health, if someone has a knee problem, the area around the knee in their spiritual field is usually dull in color or, in severe cases, may be completely non-luminescent. And, we may work to instigate a change in our physical bodies by working from the inside out (proper nutrition, healthy movement, allopathic medicine, acupuncture, massage), the outside in (energetic work, meditation, healings, prayer, spiritual work) or by approaching an issue of concern from both directions.
In my experience, the most efficient path to tending the body addresses areas of concern from both the inside and the outside. This is why, what I have termed “drive-by healings” do not usually hold or stick—because without a person’s consent to work, spiritual intervention, granted to an unwitting recipient provides no conscious, physical support for the spiritual gift that was granted.
Consider this when your mind is lolling about. Bring the full weight of consciousness to bare in matters close to your heart and your long-term health. Choose to care for yourself, from both the inside and the out. You may be amazed at the difference it makes.