In November of 2014, I was walking with my wife on the Plaza, right on front of the bookstore. It was a wonderful fall day. The air was dry, the sun was out and the wind was soft. Slowly I started to notice everything taking on a golden hew. Everything I looked at seemed surrounded by this warm golden energy, an energy that not only surrounded everything I looked at, an energy, a color that actually was the space in which we were walking. I recall seeing people walking at me and they seemed like divine beings looking at me with magical smiles. They were all strangers but we all felt very singular, very loved and loving.
Later that day three words came into my being. Acceptance. Compassion. Empathy. There was a couple of profound questions that arrived with the word "acceptance". Questions that seemed as though they were provided to me from outside of me. Questions given for me to truly contemplate. The questions were; what makes you think you know best?, what makes you think you know what should have been?
When I sat with these questions I felt the enormity of their ask. I resigned a bit. I sunk. I shrunk. I bowed my head and asked myself; who am I really, who do I think I am to question what is or what was? What an ego I had to question divinity, divine timing, soul contracts, etc? Many of these items were not topics I would say I knew at the time, but topics and happenings I grew to know later, but in the end, regardless, my experience was one of pure humbleness. A profound experience where I saw my inflated ego. The ego that questioned what was and what is. This was the beginning of me seeing the misery that ego creates when it thinks is knows best what should have happened or what should be happening.
This was my lesson, my contemplation on acceptance. Acceptance is an energy that often couples with humility. I came to find that the misery associated to the egos lack of acceptance is a tell tale sign that you are out of alignment with your true self. A sign you have veered away from your true nature and many times, realignment will require humility. Alignment may require placing the ego in check. My experience showed me that my true self rested behind this door of humility. It was only after I find this door and was willing to open it and truly look inside that I was able to find my true self, my true nature.
And it was from here, from acceptance, humility and willingness that I found compassion and empathy. Then, I realized that these three energies, the energies of acceptance, compassion and empathy, were seamless energies, completely interwoven and connected. They wanted to flow together because when they did, they entwined to form the petals of a beautiful flower. The flower, of unconditional love.
May you be blessed with the awareness of what aligns to your truest nature. May you be blessed with the courage and willingness to surrender to something great than you. May you be blessed with acceptance of what is or was, compassion for what is or was, and empathy for what is or was, especially when it comes to yourself.
I am convinced that the merging of the energies of acceptance, compassion and empathy, manifests unconditional love. Use these energies to help you find your way to this final energy, this final approach to life, this final discovery of what you really are.