I can hear you now, because I am saying it, too: Precious, maybe. But beautiful? Do I have to? But this Message isn’t only about beauty. It’s about mirrors.
When I was little, my grandmother Angelina’s face would break out in a smile and she would exclaim, “Phylly!” whenever I walked into the room. When I looked at her face, I saw that she saw “precious and beautiful.” And what the mirror saw made both of us beautiful.
A good way to understand what this Soul Message has to do with creating and living is to look at some opposites: common, plain, expendable, throw-away, does not count, abhorrent, disgusting, you get the idea.
The question is, what would you be inspired to create from the place of ubiquitous and ugly? Plastic grocery bags, styrofoam hot cups, golden arches, cigarette butts? Enough said.
What, on the other hand, might come from fancifully shaped seashell fragments, a stone in the shape of the African continent, a trill and glimpse of blue feather in the oak, that dream and vision stirring in your innocent heart? Especially if you saw them as precious, beautiful?
Precious and beautiful changes everything, when it’s us, when it’s personal, when we carry it in our self image like a mirror in our shoulder bag that, when we take it out to check that everything’s in place, tells us that not only is our face okay, but we are exquisite and valuable creatures, bursting with beauty. From there it’s a short step to seeing ourselves as serendipitous, happy, pleasing embodiments of Life itself. And when we see ourselves that way, we become that.
Try it on for one day. Today. Imagine how these words can transform you. No person could hold themselves in such esteem and not hold everything in creation in the same Love. I challenge you to find and awaken the potential to see beauty and value in every circumstance and in every person, if not in body and behavior, then in soul and spirit.
Don’t forget, you are also the mirror!
Big sigh. Let it in. Somewhere, perhaps very close by, Something is delighted that you exist.