I’m not sure I can think of a time when grace was more needed than these times we are moving through at the moment on the planet.
By grace, you might think I mean the grace of courteous goodwill we are capable of imparting to one another. For sure there is great need for this kind of goodwill at any time, particularly right now when the climate of energy around us bears the scent of harshness and hostility in so many different ways. We for sure need this kind of graceful goodwill in regular and daily doses, however this is not the kind of grace I am referring to.
Neither am I referring to the grace of a certain kind of elegance, refinement or poise, though this kind of grace, also, has an important place in our lives and the world around us. Like the bird moving through the air, gently touching upon and living in some kind of harmonious accord with the world around her rather than moving in coarse, grossly exaggerated steps that trample all underfoot, this kind of grace, too, is so greatly needed at this time. Both the natural world and the human soul are bearing the pain of unnecessary trampling and consumption and any kind of lighter, more consciously aware movement through our experience could bring such relief and healing to both.
No, the grace I am referring to is a higher form than these beautiful but more earthly forms of same.
The grace to which I am referring is more holy and divine by nature. It encompasses the loving goodwill of the first kind of grace detailed above, as well as the light touch of the bird in our second.
Yet it is deeper, more sacred and intrinsic to who we are. It also bears with it great gifts hidden right within our own souls, just waiting for greater unfoldment and expression through us. This is the grace I am referring to; the Grace of the Soul.
It would seem in these times that exploring the innate gifts of the Soul and the nature of the Grace from which they emanate would be peripheral; a less important, less crucial or even indulgent use of our energy and attention when there are so many more seemingly urgent matters at hand in the human experience.
And yet Grace itself has an answer to this misperception, which only perpetuates the hiding of our gifts from our own view, underestimates their importance to our personal lives and ultimately, keeps them out of the world’s hands and heart during times when they may be deeply needed. I’m not sure it is a misperception we can afford to hang onto at any time, but perhaps especially during times when we see so much need in the world.
With both loving goodwill and the light touch of the bird, Grace can speak right to the heart of whatever is happening in our personal lives as well as the larger world around us, however we choose to participate in it.
And she does this right through the vehicle of the gifts that she herself has given us.