This part of the meditation is uncomfortable for me to write. I fear judgment, and maybe worst of all, my own.
This next sequence of words, from ‘I am holy’ to ‘I am persevering,’ is mostly aligned with the chakras. I start at the top, the seventh chakra, at the crown of the head and symbolized with the colors purple and white.
Warning: We are about to get into a blend of different spiritual teachings, some I’ve dabbled in and some I’ve spent years seeking to convert others. I don’t want to convert anyone anymore. I’m simply writing about the words and thoughts that help me be a better person to myself, to those around me, and to the planet.
I start here: I am holy.
There are Bible verses that support this, such as Psalm 86:10 (“Preserve my soul, for I am holy: O thou my God…”) and John 10:34 (“Is it not written in your law, I said Ye are gods?”). The second quote is attributed to Jesus. The first quote, as I read it in context, is attributed to someone claiming to be God’s servant. I don’t make that claim, so maybe that verse doesn’t apply to me. But Jesus’ quote is something he said to people who wanted to stone him, so maybe that one fits since there’s no requirement to meet some spiritual standard.
This is getting hard to think about, so let’s switch religions.
According to Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hanh,
“There is a baby buddha in our store consciousness, and we have to give him or her a chance to be born. When we touch our baby buddha—the seeds of understanding and love that are buried within us—we become filled with bodhichitta, the mind of enlightenment, the mind of love.”
That sounds like holiness to me.
So this is the place I choose to start—believing that I am holy, believing there is good in me.
This belief may be incorrect but if it helps me be a better person, then is that wrong?
I have made my choice. My eyes are closed, I direct them to the crown of my head and I say the words:
I am holy.
Chewing the Cud of Good
Thankful for Zoom and the new friends I’ve made in 2020, and knowing we are going to connect in 2021.