Saturday, June 25, 2016

Insight

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I let myself be carried by the service in church a few weeks ago. Generally I am attentive and focused. This day I simply relaxed and trusted in the good energy of the place and people. For some time, I have hoped to understand the concept of “we are all one” in a more visceral way than I have up to now. As I sat there enjoying the ambience, insight popped up, unasked for.

That’s the way insight comes.

No amount of plotting or planning or analysis or willpower or hard work will bring insight. We can’t sit down and say “Okay. Here I am. I’m ready,” and expect insight to arrive in due order. It’s a gift that can not be captured at will. Nor can anyone can give this to us. It’s not a borrowed truth. No matter how wise, no teacher can do this for us. When we experience that moment of illumination, it is ours alone.

We can make room for realization to land, though. Insight finds us when we allow our mind to relax: taking a bath, meditating, walking in the woods, any time we are in our own natural flow. It doesn’t require any special tools. We just have to show up.

The experience goes beyond intellectual understanding. Not just another idea or concept, it burrows into our being, shifting and changing our mindscape. Suddenly the world opens up in a new way. We are new. It sticks, too. Its effects linger in our inner being long after the moment has passed.

When I’m easy with myself and with life, insight has room to arrive. It’s as though it’s been sitting nearby, waiting for me to settle down long enough to notice it.



First published May 2016 in my free monthly email newsletter, Starry Night. Sign up here.