During the last few weeks, I have been sitting with two quotes and offering them to my clients when it seemed appropriate:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
Don't turn your head. Keep looking
at the bandaged place. That's where
the light enters you.
And don't believe for a moment
that you're healing yourself.
(The pairing of these two quotes comes out of a book "365 Nirvana.")
I love reflecting on that image of how our cracks, our bandaged places is just where and how the light enters in. Through our wounds and imperfections, the Divine Light and Love heals and transforms us.
As Rumi cautions us - we can't heal ourselves; our work is to open to healing. We meditate, pray, read, journal, take classes, go on retreats. Putting ourselves in places to learn and experience. Then we surrender it all to God. Trusting in Grace, in Healing, in Love.
In my own life I have found this to be a true and deep reality, sometimes the healing is quick and in other situations it has taken a very long time. And yet, the Divine is always present, always loving....the Light is always shining so brightly in every soul.
Remembering there is a crack in everything helps me to accept my cracks and the cracks in others. It reminds me that God or Enlightenment is not about being perfect, but about healing and loving.
Ring the bells that still can ring.