The next paragraph you read will look rather odd at first, but it's not a mistake. I can't cite the source, because I don't remember where I first found this particular excerpt. But I invite you to read it because it demonstrates an important concept:
I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulacity uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. Tahts the phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mind. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch sutdy at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a wrod are perensetd, the olny iprmoatnt tinhg is taht the frist and lsat lttesres be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit mcuh of a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the hmaun mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig, rghit?
MAKING SENSE OF IT
Yes, we humans are truly gifted with the ability to find patterns in our environment and create a sense of order in the midst of seeming chaos. And it's not limited to recognizing, reading and writing words. It turns out that our capacity for seeing beyond the immediate details and filling in missing bits of information is a very wide-ranging and highly useful skill, one that serves us well in a wide variety of contexts. Since the time of the earliest hunter-gatherers, our aptitude for filling in the dots has made it possible for us to scan for predators, seek out prey, make plans for tomorrow and make sense out of yesterday - simply by being able to look beyond what is immediately visible and focus on the bigger picture.
FILLING IN THE BLANKS
Nor is this capacity limited to the physical plane, for we have unlimited potential for using this ability on multiple levels of the metaphysical plane as well. By turning within through contemplation and meditation, by embracing our intuition, by invoking the Presence within and around us, we can see beyond any of the seeming limitations on our time, talents and treasure. And from this place of peace and power, it's possible to discern the next step forward from any juncture.
I'm not saying anything new here; I'm just revisiting this metaphor to remind you (and mySelf) that we are always free to face and embrace our current circumstances fully - and see beyond them, too. To employ our potential for filling in the blanks, connecting the dots and feeling a sense of order in any given situation. Not on our own, but in concert with a deep sense of the Sacred that flows through all of creation.
TRUSTING THE PROCESS
It takes time to learn these skills. The successful completion of the little reading exercise you read above was possible, in part, because of this innate human capacity for seeing beyond the visible. But it was also because earlier in your life you learned the ABC's, as well as the basic skills of spelling, reading and grammar. And you probably didn't learn these on your own, but with a teacher and a roomful of fellow students, engaged in the learning process together.
That's why I'm delighted to be walking alongside you within the context of the Celebration Circle as we travel this path of deepening our spiritual skills, learning to see beyond the visible and trusting the deep connections that support us in living lives of purpose, peace and power. At least, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
With gratitude and blessings,
PS: Speaking of making connections... below is our latest brief video containing the Declaration of Interdependence that we shared on Sunday, July 5th, followed by a guided meditation I lead, focussed on our Oneness. Thank you, Eddie Wise, for another wonderful audio/video production!