October 6

Today's quotation:

Your vision will become clear only when you
look into your heart.  Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung

Today's Meditation:

It's a wonderful thing to dream, to have hopes and aspirations of things to come, things to be in the future.  But it's an even more marvelous thing to awaken, to recognize your true beauty, your true power, your true ability.  It's all inside of you already, waiting patiently for you to look inside yourself and discover it, use it, love it.

I always used to think that something else would cause me to be happy.  I'd get just the right job, I'd meet just the right person, I'd have tons of money.  But as I've grown and matured, I've learned that those were only just dreams--the situation may have turned out the way I wanted it to, but I wasn't any happier when it did.  That led me to believe that there was something wrong with the way I was looking at things, with the way I was hoping for something outside myself to do something that nothing outside of me ever can do.

My vision was clouded by my ideas that something else could have any sort of power over my life.  Of course it can't!  Only I have any sort of say over what I do, how I do it, or how I feel when it's done.  My vision becomes much more clear when I look inside myself and see myself for who I am, and trust myself fully and completely.

I like dreaming.  But dreaming implies a sleeping state, and in sleep there is no awareness.  I prefer to be aware, awake, alive.  When I am, my vision is truly clear and I can live my life fully and completely.

Questions to consider:

When was the last time you looked into your heart?

Would you say that your vision is clear?  If not, why not?

What can we truly gain from looking outside of ourselves?

For further thought:

Our wholeness exists in us now.  Trapped though it may be, it can be called upon for guidance, direction, and most fundamentally, comfort.  It can be remembered.  Eventually we may come to live by it.

Rachel Naomi Remen


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