I love this water buffalo calf (Gamusa). Like many animals he is just who he is – looking out at the world with the whole of himself. What is unique about indigenous people, or children, or animals, is that they innocently reveal their whole being to us –this is who I am.
I believe that each of us is like a crystal with many faces; and that there is a place in the very middle of the crystal, where all the faces meet, that is like a point of light. This is our true Self. We show different faces to the world – mother, sister, football player, doctor, postman, sick person, wounded person. But each face we show contains that little spark that is our unique self.
What is your favorite face to show to the world?
When I was eight my enlightened parents gave me a beautiful wagon for Christmas. It was like a sports car with a low profile of blond wood and a red stripe along the side. That year, all the neighborhood girls got doll buggies from Santa. Dressed in our lady clothes, we would gather on the lawn – proud in our high heels and mother’s little veiled hats, clutching our baby dolls. Except for me – I would toddle over in my high heels, hand over my dolly for caretaking, and head out in my wagon to “go to work.” Girls had few career options in those days – nurse, teacher, or secretary. None of those appealed to me so I chose “ballerina.” I would take my wagon to the top of the hill, go to my dance studio, and glide back down the hill to pick up my “baby.”
I have never earned my living as a dancer, but I have always had a career- a career that revealed only part of who I was. When the face of my first profession became clouded from overuse, I changed careers.
In our world, we need to function in many capacities – show many faces to the world. So to be like the Gamusa and experience our uniqueness, we need to step back from the busyness of life and spend a few moments or hours or days in that place of light. Then, renewed, the lens will be clear, and the light of our true self will shine into the world.
How do you “get clear”?