Pete, a friend in Western Australia, was blind for nearly thirty years as a result of an accident. An operation on his eye then recovered for him a limited degree of sight. Every so often, however, his sight deteriorates and he needs another operation. This happened again recently, but the operation was not wholly successful, so he will have to have another one. I wrote to him, expressing my concern and love for him. His reply inspired me, and I want to share it with you. Here it is:
“I want to assure you Richard that the 'Seeing' goes on regardless of my fluctuating eyesight. In fact, as you know, everything that comes and goes is 'apperceived' in and by that which does not come and go, but always is. Seeing has also been a great comfort and steadier for me in this situation because it clearly locates where the difficulty or challenge is - it is always 'there' and not 'Here'. Here, nothing has changed nor ever could, and out of that changeless space (Spirit) arises a confidence, peace and even joy, which must seem to the casual onlooker, quite irrational. I'm not saying that blindness doesn't matter, obviously it does, but it doesn't matter absolutely and that is the steadier or if you like, the anchor, that keeps one grounded when all around is so unstable and transitory. When one 'sees' that the challenge is only out there, and not here at the centre, what normally would be thought of as adversity becomes more of an adventure. It is only thought that makes one regret the past or fear the future, or want something other than this present moment, and when 'poor-me' thoughts like that are observed from that clear space beyond the mind, they somehow dissolve and lose their power to overshadow the inner Light that is always shining. Being freed from negative thought entanglement by Seeing means that I can find much in every situation to be thankful for and your friendship and fellowship in the truth is one of those things for which I am truly grateful.”
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I really enjoyed Reflection 102 (as well as the others, too!). Such a beautiful, heart-felt letter. Thank you for sharing it. Garrett.