“A true friend is one soul in two bodies”–Aristotle
One of the biggest problems with the ego in its continuing battle to keep you from reaching enlightenment is that it separates you from others. It works to make us see the flaws in others and drive them away, or makes us look at those we like as special or extraordinary (as opposed to the truth that we are all holy and all capable of anything).
Now I know that second part about seeing everyone as perfect can be hard. It’s hard enough seeing yourself as a part of the divine and completely perfect, let alone that dimwitted troll who spouts nonsense and is utterly impervious to reason. It’s difficult and sometimes the saintly thinking of the parables of Jesus or Buddha or words of A Course in Miracles might be beyond us at this or that moment. But that doesn’t mean we can’t move in the right direction.
So for this week I want you to take 10 to 15 minutes every day and run through the list of everyone you know, everyone you encounter, every person you pass and know who they are and wish them the best, pray for them, send them as much light and energy as you can.
Start with your loved ones, family and closest friends. Move onto good friends and acquaintances. Co-workers. People you knew in college but haven’t talked to. The barista whom you recognize but don’t know her name. Keep expanding it further and further out. Wish everyone the best, send them love and compassion in your mind. Make as much of a mental and psychic connection as you can with them. See the divine in them.
As you run through this list you’ll run across people you can’t immediately feel good towards. The violent uncle. The useless coworker. The idiot client. Don’t dwell. Just skip them. Yes if you can bring yourself to see the divine in them and love that, great…but better to move on than force a feeling you don’t actually believe in at this moment.
As you do this many of the barriers we put up around each other and around others will fall and you’ll probably find that you’re able to see the divine in more people at the end of the week than you did at the beginning. And as you do this you will hopefully begin to see how your soul is connected to the souls of others.
Remember that applies to everyone else as well.