Shining with an original spark
In the tradition of Zen, there is a teaching, “Show me your face before you were born.” This koan teaches us to focus on the original gift of life, without distractions from the pleasures or challenges of the world of papers and paychecks. Can you find your essence that is not a reflection of the life you have lived? Removed of all other influences, you have a spark of life different from the people around you. You are not a copy. Know your center.
As I advance in my years, now moving into the grandparent age, I find that my essence is discovered by looking inward. I cannot play social games, engage in politics, or influence others and learn about my inner world. My essential center is a spark of energy and life that I alone nurture. I have been given this piece of the universe in trust to share with others. No one else has the franchise!
My colleague Lolly Daskal has written that “comparing ourselves to others will destroy our chances of being the best we can be.” The best teachers help us find our own way, without copying another path. We are originals, so we should remove from the canvas of our life all brushstrokes which come from the emulation of others. We become a work of art by removing that which is not uniquely ours, and accenting our personal dynamic force.
I find that people who know their “original face” have a vibration that feels unique. Like a great temple bell that has a unique pitch, our essential center sounds the voice of a gong which is recognized by our community. When we learn to find our tone center, the vibration is clearer and sweeter to the ear.
Learn about your own strengths; don’t try to copy someone else’s feats. You will gain influence in the world by sharing your personal gift, your viewpoint on the path of majesty. Your perspective is unique!
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