Brian’s Reflection: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself that you
have built against it.
Rumi, poet, 13th C Sufi
Just like a hammer. Truth often comes like that.
There are so many excuses “out there” not to Love. “Out there”. Someone, something else’s fault.
But as is true of almost all barriers to acting as one might wish, the fault is not “out there”. The fault is “in here”. In fact, this is true 95% or more of the time for our failure to be whom we wish or long to Be. Our Self.
We have to want to know ourselves, what we are really like. It can’t be forced upon us; we just rebel and reject. Jesus knew this. He held up the mirror. Either his disciples chose to see or not. The “Rich Young Ruler” is a perfect example of His gentle offering of the Truth. But more important, it is God’s offering of Freedom once the Truth is accepted and embraced.
Few things are more exhilarating that seeing and accepting the Truth about oneself. The barriers to Love fall fastest when they are being removed by the one who put them there, for whatever reason.
And no person is easier to love than one’s true self. One’s false self is always a distant stranger.