The realization that every act, every word, every thought of ours not only influences our environment but for some mysterious reason forms an integral and important part of the universe, fits into it as if by necessity so to say, in the very moment we do, or say, or think it – is an overwhelming and even shattering experience. The tremendous responsibility of it is terrifying. If all of us only knew that the smallest act of ours, or a tiny thought, has such far-reaching effects as to set in motion forces which perhaps could shatter a galaxy … If we know it deeply and absolutely, if this realization becomes engraved permanently on our hearts, on our minds, how careful we would act and speak and think. How precious life would become in its integral oneness.
I wonder if I have the power to shatter a galaxy. Irina thinks so. Is this just a romantic passage of writing or is it true that everything I do, say and think has an huge impact? If it is true, how will I be in the world? Sometimes thoughts just … come. A few of them are negative, critical, diminishing. How do I control that? I don’t know. I have experienced, however, times when I let those thoughts drift away almost immediately. Cutting off the criticism so fast is also a powerful act, one that fits with Irina’s words.
This morning I’m going to breakfast with “Ben”, one of my neighbours in the condo development. From the moment I say hi to him, I have the power to enhance life, rather than diminish it. Does this even extend to how I pull Scarlet into his driveway? Yes.
When we’re sitting around that gorgeous counter at the Belmont Diner, other folks will come calling – for coffee or the full meal deal. What will I do? First of all, I’ll say hello. Greeting them is an acknowledgment of their existence, giving the message “I see you. I value you. I’m glad you’re in my community.” Those simple thoughts can shift the planet. I sense that they’re not just aimed from me to Joe or Mary but that somehow they spread across the smiling face of the earth.
All of this is not to say that I should walk around all tensed up, worried that a misstep or a misspeak will damage humanity. No, I need to trust my heart, trust that goodness will come out of my hands and mouth. Feeling ease in each moment, knowing that I intend the best for you, will allow my gifts to flow.
So Ben … the day begins. What shall we create together?