I recently had a blessed experience with an ordinary, dead leaf on the ground. It reminded me of a huge lesson we all seem to forget: Things, people, and situations change in our perception when we hold them to the light.
Maybe enlightenment is not about a permanent 180-degree shift but more about a series of moments of allowing a higher perspective when an ego perception that wants to pop out. Maybe we can all be enlightened in moments, as we choose. This post is about exploring this idea…
The leaf I found had already lost its fresh green color. It was getting ready to join Mother Earth, to be recycled again. It didn’t promise anything other than what it looks like it could offer. I could have easily walked away from it just like I have walked past thousands of leaves. This time was different. I felt the nudge to turn it towards sunlight and followed it. This created an opportunity for me to see the dead leaf transform into a completely different leaf in the light. I hadn’t changed. Neither had the leaf. But I held the moment to the light. That changed everything. The leaf came alive. It had color. It showed me its history painted on its surface. It bared its soul to me.
Applying This Healing Concept to Life
In order to apply this concept to the situations in our lives, we need to be willing to change our perception first. Then we ask for a divine perspective to come in when conflict arises by saying, "I am stuck in the dark. My ego is taking over. Please show me how to see it differently".
The human ego likes to grasp on a story that makes ‘them’ or us wrong. Divine light (a loving perspective) can remove the need to measure loss or gain to find who is right or wrong. When our perception changes and allows the compassionate Observer in us to awaken, everything can just be. Their divine nature, their perfect coding, shows up. Everything can be okay just as it is. Even the difficult moment we are in.
The inspiration to turn the leaf towards sunlight came in only because I was free of resistance (stress). I wasn’t trying to figure out why the leaf was dead or how to bring it back to life. This a sign that we are fighting ‘what is’. I wasn’t trying to change anything. I was just calmly observing it as a part of my environment. All I did was to take a picture of the same leaf by holding it to the sun. No Photoshop tricks. It was perfect. So was the lesson and the way it came in.
I teared up with this unexpected awareness arriving by the simple act of moving a foot towards the sun. The unlimited, all-encompassing Sun. The light. The love that is in all of us.
Why do we insist on staying in the dark when the opportunity for a loving perspective is always there?
We get blinded by the archaic, negating perspectives of our egos. Maybe we can practice remembering that we get to choose whether to stay in pain or hold it (the problem) to the light. We all the power to. We just forget that it is an option.