Try This Practice to See the Divine Shining Through Everything
We are all reflections of the supreme, primordial force of creation. At some place within each one of us, consciously or not, we know this truth to a greater or a lesser degree. Our precious and unique life is about becoming more aware of this underlying unity, temporarily masked by our limited perceptions and ego.
As you grow spiritually, you can begin to see that everyone you meet is an expression of the divine. Your body, your mind, every breath—everything—exist and continue because of grace. The idea that you are separate from the divine is an illusion to be remedied by practices such as meditation.
The divine is ultimately pure, unconditional love. As such, it will express itself to you in the best way for you to evolve. Think of spiritual traditions as being different windows that look onto a single, all-encompassing pure light. A window frame may be Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or any other world tradition. Some people may look at the window dressing and see only their religion. For those who look deeper, the structure of each tradition can help spiritual aspirants find one universal divine truth. They know that what is essential is what shines through the window: the clear, unattached, compassionate natural love-light of the divine that is within all.
Instead of getting stuck on the window dressing, look through the window and welcome the light that we all are. When we focus on the unity that joins us, we create a beautiful human rainbow, varied in colour, all part of the one substratum of pure white light.
You can practice seeing the divine in all things. The very force of life that sustains you is divine. It is divine grace that you can walk, that you can breathe, and that you exist—at all. By remembering these miracles that we habitually take for granted, you begin to loosen your attachment to your limited identity. When you let go of the illusion that your ego is in control, you see that you are a part of an exquisite divine play. You see the divine everywhere, always.
With an open mind, and a bit of time, walk over to a private mirror. Look into it and see yourself reflected back to you. Rather than seeing all the things that you find wrong with yourself, look at the light behind your skin. Look at it well. Open to it. Receive it. Allow it to come forward. Allow your body/being to expand and express that light. It is the divine, your true nature, shining back at you.
Now go outside and look around. Be open to that same light coming through all things. The tree is not just bark and branches and leaves, but part of the body of the divine. See the light within the tree. The same light exists within all things, even cars and buildings.
Look at the people you may encounter. Even in those who are closed, in pain, or look like they are having a bad day, there is light behind the story. That light is carrying them in every moment. That light is love. That light is the divine. That light is their true nature, your true nature, our true nature, that sustains and shines through matter. The more you focus on that eternal light, the more healing and love you bring to yourself and to all beings.
Parvati is an award-winning musician (“I Am Light”, “Electro Yog”, “Yoga In The Nightclub”), yogini (YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine), author (“The Grace Mindset”, “Aonani of Avalon”, “The Three Supreme Secrets for Lasting Happiness”) and founder and CEO of the nonprofit Parvati.org. All her work is dedicated to protecting all life on Earth by establishing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS). More info: parvati.tv; parvati.org.