My mind quietens as I sit by the lake and gaze into the water. The gentle ripples dance a slow and sensual dance, sparkling in the sunlight.
A pair of swans swim slowly by, their necks arched, reminding me of the fairy tale ‘The Wild swans’ by Hans Christian Anderson I read as a child.
Slowly I sink deeper into stillness, falling beyond the illusions of personal thinking which usually fill my mind.
I become aware of warmth in my heart, an expanding connection to the essence of life. As I surrender to the experience, I realise all separation has evaporated, as it is simply another illusion that has had me bound for lifetimes.
In this perfect space where I am one with creation, there is something else. A presence; an invitation.
For this is the space where wisdom speaks.
Answers to the questions of mankind can be heard in this space, so long as the personal mind remains silent.
All attachments fall away, and everything I could possibly want is here, now. No need to grasp, chase or seek. It’s all here! It always has been; I simply did not see.
But now I do.
I see that all my worries and troubles exist only in my personal thinking. This world we live in is abundant, beautiful, and offers everything we could possibly want, if live from hearts, not our heads.
Oh to remain in this space for eternity – is it possible? I believe so.
As I read in one of Marianne’s Williamson’s books:
‘A primary goal of the spiritual life is to learn to quiet the mind through prayer and meditation, through spiritual practice, so that we can hear what in both Judaism and Christianity, is called the small, still voice within.’
So often we can be mislead into believing that guidance comes loudly. But it comes softly. It cannot be forced and stress, tension and over thinking drown it. By practicing mindfulness and detaching from personal thought, we give the small still voice space to become known to us. If we listen, we will receive moment to moment guidance on the path we are meant to follow.
The challenge is surrendering and listening. It is learning to dance the dance between the spiritual world, and the human experience.