Over the last several years I have had the blessing of meeting, or at least chatting, with so many people who have expressed how the meditations of my heart have resonated with their spirits and touched their life. Recently, I have heard from a few more people then I normally do. They have told me how they have shared what I have written with others, who have read my writings and now yearn to get to know me better, like a young woman named Melissa. What I have come to realize is that there is something she feels in my writings which is her golden shadow. She has all the gifts, talents and abilities within her that she yearns for, through her relationship with me. She has yet to embrace and embody them.
I so understand that feeling because there are numerous writers and speakers whose work I have admired from afar. It is not that I wanted to be them. But I admired what they had and I wanted that. I wanted that thing I saw in them that I could not see within myself. That is what I yearned for, not to be them, but to have the talent for conveying their wisdom in a way that I had not yet believed I could.
As I have worked with the Ultimate to tap into my own gifts and abilities, I have found that my words have made others yearn to converse with me the same way I have yearned, and continue to in some cases, to converse with others.
What I have come to realize as I listen to those I admire is that so much of what they have to share resonates with me because at some level I know it to be true. It is tapping into an inner wisdom that I had yearned for, but not yet discovered within myself. So maybe that is what Richard Bach was talking about in Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah when he wrote, “Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating what you know. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as much as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.”
Perhaps that which you learn from me, as I do from others, is that which we already know. My writing is my demonstrating and sharing what I know. When others teach me, they are simply reminding me that I know as much as they do. In this journey, we are all learners, doers, and teachers in different ways for each other. May we yearn to help each other discover the wisdoms hidden within each of us.