“Those who see themselves as whole make no demands.” It is a line I understand. There is solace within it, the place where I return to kindness and find myself again. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to witness the difference between demands and wholeness. It seems I had inadvertently hurt a friend. That wasn’t my intention, at least not overtly. Yes, I was giving her shit, but I had miscalculated her ability to hear me. I had under-estimated the cost of not communicating immediately. Yesterday was the healing (thank God!). During the conversation, I kept yesterday’s mantra in my back pocket. During the moments when my ego wanted to defend and make demands, I pressed holiness to my heart and allowed space for healing to occur. It needed to occur. I learned that I do not have the luxury of ever allowing myself to be hurtful, even a little. I do not. No tormenting others, even if I know I’m not really hurt or angry. The price is too high. I must always choose kindness.
Luckily for me, My holiness blesses the world. There is no arrogance in that statement. If anything, there is humility. I ask nothing. I honor the path of others. My holiness blesses the world.
My holiness blesses the world.
This idea contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the world, or why you are here. Your purpose is to see the world through your own holiness. Thus are you and the world blessed together. No one loses; nothing is taken away from anyone; everyone gains through your holy vision. It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers everyone his full due. And he is entitled to everything because it is his birthright as a Son of God.
There is no other way in which the idea of sacrifice can be removed from the world’s thinking. Any other way of seeing will inevitably demand payment of someone or something. As a result, the perceiver will lose. Nor will he have any idea why he is losing. Yet is his wholeness restored to his awareness through your vision. Your holiness blesses him by asking nothing of him. Those who see themselves as whole make no demands.
Your holiness is the salvation of the world. It lets you teach the world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed along with you.
Today’s four longer exercise periods, each to involve three to five minutes of practice, begin with the repetition of the idea for today, followed by a minute or so of looking about you as you apply the idea to whatever you see:
My holiness blesses this chair
My holiness blesses that window
My holiness blesses this body.
Then close your eyes and apply the idea to any person who occurs to you, using his name and saying
My holiness blesses you, [name].
You may continue the practice period with your eyes closed; you may open your eyes again and apply the idea for today to your outer world if you so desire; you may alternate between applying the idea to what you see around you and to those who are in your thoughts; or you may use any combination of these two phases of application that you prefer. The practice period should conclude with a repetition of the idea with your eyes closed, and another, following immediately, with your eyes open.
The shorter exercises consist of repeating the idea as often as you can. It is particularly helpful to apply it silently to anyone you meet, using his name as you do so. It is essential to use the idea if anyone seems to cause an adverse reaction in you. Offer him the blessing of your holiness immediately, that you may learn to keep it in your own awareness.
My holiness blesses the world. Yesterday, I was grateful that I am skilled enough to know how to shut my ego up. A younger me might have pouted. A less savvy me might have gotten all butt-hurt myself. I never understand when someone wants to hold something against me; to withhold forgiveness. I never understand because I do not hold onto transgressions. But I get it; I do. There are certain transgressions that change relationships, particularly when there is money involved. I have needed to forgive people who have cost me thousands of dollars. Those are tough. Those are very tough. They are infidelities of sorts. They changed the relationships; not for the better.
My holiness blesses the world.
It is interesting watching how fear wants to undermine things. All I could do was hold on to truth. All I could do was refuse to let errors be real. All I could do was have faith in who I know she is, which is not a vengeful person.
I hate these kinds of dances, where ego wants to step in and prove how powerful it is. They don’t feel good. I learned that I must always be kind. Always. My only choice is love. My only choice is to embrace my holiness. I am not a person who can indulge in temper tantrums.
My holiness blesses my clients.
My holiness blesses my friendships.
My holiness blesses my finances.
My holiness blesses my life.
My holiness blesses this laptop.
My holiness blesses this house.
My holiness blesses this coffee.
My holiness blesses this cat.
I can never hurt another person without hurting myself in the process. Interestingly enough, my friend was literally sick over the rift between us. She needed to clear the air and heal the relationship so she could get herself out of pain. Thank heavens!
It made me wonder how often people end up in physical pain because they are holding onto some emotional pain.
My holiness envelops my life. My holiness blesses the world.
Help me to fold this lesson into my heart, Lord. I am ready to see the world through my holiness.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.