Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I See You

Today is Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

I See You

I see your Beauty,
your Creativity,
your Strength
and your Magnificence.

I see your loving Heart,
I see your Shining Light.

You are a Blessing in my life. 

I See You 

 –Julie Parker 

In certain countries of Africa, such as Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, when people greet each other, they look into each other's eyes.  One of them says, "I see you."  The other responds, "I am here."  The Africans say that the thought behind this is, "Until you see me, I do not exist.  When  you see me, you bring me into existence."  

The eyes are windows to the Soul, so this eye-to-eye greeting is a powerful acknowledgement of the other person as Soul.  Since Soul only exists in the present, this is the finest way to be in the present moment.  Not only is it an acknowledgement of ourselves and others as Soul, but it is also an acknowledgement that we are all connected at the level of Soul.

One of the reasons that the Na'vi people in the movie Avatar were so popular was that their culture was based on this deep recognition of one another.  Many have commented that the Na'vi people in the movie were an allegory for Native Americans, and that's true, but in a larger sense, they are representative of all cultures that recognize the significance of connecting with others at a deep level, and not simply superficially.

The greeting, "Namaste," used in India, is another way to say this.  It means, "I bow to the divine in you."  It is a way to recognize that we are all children of God, that we all carry a Divine essence.  

It's too bad that there are some places here in the United States where it is actually dangerous to look someone in the eye.  We should always be able to look each other in the eye, and no matter what our customary greeting is, we should always acknowledge each other as Soul.  :-)

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