Drifting upwards from sleep I hear the words:
Open your heart
to the world
that it may grow
strong and bright.
I repeat it several times to myself, knowing that, like dreams, these little gems can dissolve into nothingness when I reach waking consciousness. I always feel I am wide awake when such things happen but have learnt that I am still in an altered brain state, lucid dreaming or something similar. If I don’t surface and write it down, or simply keep repeating it, it is lost into the night realms of superconsciousness from which it surfaced briefly.
It seems a simple sentence at first glance. Yet, once again I am struck by the clever craft of wisdom taught by ambiguity. When I open my heart to the world my heart grows strong and bright. Or is it the world that grows strong and bright when I open my heart?
Invariably we read such statements and assume we know what it refers to, without, in most cases, even considering the second option. Yet there is such a depth of possibility lying in wait if attention is paid to the ambiguity. Wisdom workers keep eyes open for such spiritual statements as this.
Laid before us is the power of both perspectives, the heart and the world growing brighter and stronger. Double the wisdom.
It makes me pause and consider are my heart and the world both dependant upon the other? Or is my perception of reality expanded by understanding that my heart and the entire world are but two expressions of the one life force? Do I dare conclude that there is no separation between my heart and the world? If I act with love, an open heart, can the world feel it and grow stronger and brighter, feeding that beauty back into my heart? Do they pulse together as the one thing being alive and joyous?
Such a lot to think about from so tiny and simple a sentence, caught like a jewel reflecting the morning light.
Copyright Kim Parker 2022.