All my life I have seen energy in different forms at different times. Most of the time I was tormented by what I saw in people’s speech and their energy fields. I didn’t understand anything and the shadows that surrounded me slowly became my own. What easier thing is there than to shut our own eyes when we know we act with selfishness, malice or manipulation.
My task now is to be ever vigilant. As I begun to write this I saw a simple chicken tied tightly to stake in the sweltering heat. My heart went to it, yet I resisted the impulse to feel scorn and judgment for its owners. How would that be of any help or have any integrity? I held the lotus in the palm of my hand and through my heart I spoke to the chicken, telling it that although it might be suffering right now I wished for however short its life would be that it would have shelter and food and water. I sent my heart to the people living in the house I wished for them to see the plight of their dinner in a compassionate light.
With that I made peace with myself. When I looked again a few minutes later they had moved the chicken under a large and shady tree and given it an old corncob to pick at. I silently thanked them.
Photo courtesy of Q Thomas Bower