The Contemplative Companion for Monday, June 26, 2017

The LORD said to Abram:
“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk
and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. – Genesis 12.1

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? – Matthew 7.2

On the spiritual journey, to be shown is to truly see. Such showings occur all the time, in multiple ways. A passing moment. An act of loving service. A song. A sermon. A reading. A sunset. A conversation, and so on.

On the relationship journey, to notice by way of judgement is to not live free. Such noticing by judgement occurs throughout the day. We notice something we dislike. We notice something we like. We notice someone else noticing us. We notice. Noticing can be a source of distraction – or a first step toward a deeper attention.

The way of showings is the way of faith. Trusting even without sight or knowledge that what you wish to see will be seen, and what you hope to experience will come to be.

Notice also that to be shown something, often first requires an act of faith. In Abram’s case, the invitation was to first go forth and then be shown.

Seeing and noticing also applies to our human interactions. In order to truly see another and to receive them in their inner goodness, oftentimes we must first be seen by love and in this light, more honestly see our self. When we see our self more clearly – without the splinter – it is easier to see others in their truth – without their splinter as well. Such is the gift of freedom in relating from seeing beyond judgment.


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