Saturday, May 20, 2017
There is a path that will reveal to me and empower me to become all that I am meant to be, all that I am created to be. But there is something that gets in the way and I call it the "smoke-self." Smoke is what clouds or distorts our vision. A fireplace that sends smoke into the room will blind us. It would kill us unless we escape it. The smoke-self is all our bad behaviors, habits that contribute to our shortchanging ourselves, blinding ourselves to our true path. It can include jealousy, fear, false pride, gluttony, possessiveness, selfishness and such stuff that is hurtful to us and others. These all energize us, but not in a good way. We all have some of this smoke-self, but we can keep it under control. The spiritual life of prayer, meditation, is like the chimney. It controls our smoke-self and directs it away from doing us damage. Of course, smoke through the chimney will still pollute the air. Bad habits, our dark side, even controlled, can still be damaging to the world around us. So we seek to become smoke-free selves. We never reach perfection, but we keep trying.