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The Crystal Heart: a Mirror to the Soul

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM
The other day I was holding a large crystal heart in my hand and suddenly, quite unexpectedly it dropped onto my granite table.  Although a short moment, I cringed at the thought of the damage that might have occurred.  Surprisingly and to my relief, nothing happened. 
Later I reflected on the symbolism of this moment.  I thought about how crystals when they fracture actually allow more light to come through and rainbows of color will often emanate from within them. The same holds true of our own hearts. 
Sometimes we endure a pain that can be so profound as to open us up to more compassion in our life.  More light emanates from our soul as we have learned to have more faith and hope while understanding the pain others might be going through, because we have experienced something similar ourselves at some point in our life. 
These turbulent times are filled with challenges, experiences that we would never have imagined and sometimes painful moments that will eventually open our hearts to a greater reality, if we allow them to.  It is said that God only gives you what you can handle and what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.  There's no doubt great truth in these words as every painful or challenging moment becomes an opportunity for healing and growth, a chance for more light to emanate within each individual in this world of seeming darkness and chaos.
We are living in times that connect us to our true heart center whether it is through joy, hardship, health challenges or loss of a loved one.  Each of these experiences are designed to open our hearts to what is important in our lives and what is our truth, so that we become clearer about what we truly need. 
When we have compassion for others because we ourselves have been challenged, we can move forth and offer hope and understanding to others.  This is the path of the wounded healer.   Shutting off our emotions or being robotic in our methods and attitudes toward the world around us serves no one, not even ourselves.  Doing something with heartfelt intentions does.  Next time you think about just going through the motions, think again and feel....
With Heartfelt Blessings!
Copyright 2012 Awen Environments/Clarissa Harison.

Categories: Earth Rhythms, Gratitude, Inspiration, Living Arts, Planet Earth

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Reply Ron Laswell
9:34 PM on March 9, 2012 
WOW! That was really a powerful statement. Personally, I think this is one of your best offerings. Really made me think about my own life.
Reply Bill
10:38 PM on March 9, 2012 
Good afternoon Clarissa,
While I was reading your post I was thinking of the 1960 movie Pollyanna with Hayley Mills. It may be dating me, and more than a bit corny, but I always remember the scene with the crystals...a lot of metaphors and overt challenge of common thought in that scene.....or at least that's how I remember I may have to rent the movie to see if I'm anywhere close.
One of my mentors years ago was fond of saying to me "Bill, you've got to learn to be grateful for the pain"....needless to say I didn't understand what he was attempting to tell me at the time; however, I've come to understand it in this way.... Given this one measure of life I have an experience that distinguishes me from all others, and as a human further sets me apart from any other form of life. I have the gift of this absolute unique experience, and a vast emotional horizon that is the result of my choices...
Truly this is the unique experience of being human, and these gifts of pleasure and pain are afforded no other living entity to the same degree.....While some days it may seem appealing to be the sturdy oak, the apathetic rock or the shameless fox... My experience is those moments pass as quickly as I allow, and the horizon again dwarfs the pain....
Reply Diantha
11:01 PM on March 14, 2012 
Wonderful post Clarissa! I agree with Ron, this is one of your best! Good timing too! xo
Reply Gail
8:09 PM on March 20, 2012 
Hello Clarissa,
It has taken me sometime to digest your blog and respond. I can truly understand what you are saying however, everytime for some reason now when I think of a painful memory (lost love, father with alzeimer's, illness of my grandson, abandoned animals), I find I tear up and it is painful. A song, a movie, a photo can also bring on the tears. I recently remember a counsellor who I saw over 15 years ago who gave me a book that had one word on the first page increasing incrementally thereafter. She explained because that was all I could handle at the moment. The book was about pain and how in time it would hurt less. The pain did lessen and then go away but then something else happened to take its place. Thank you Bill for bringing back, ''The Glad Girl''. Pollyanna was my favourite movie as a girl. I missed the metaphors until now though. Glad you brought it up.
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