Severity & Beauty.

Today, the focus will be on statements 5 and 6 of the Pattern on the Trestleboard.

the Tree of Life (BOTA.org)
the Tree of Life (BOTA.org)

5 – Severity

I recognize the manifestation of the Undeviating Justice in all the circumstances of my life.

Justice!  That’s all “we” ask for.  We hear the cry throughout the lands.  But could what we are experiencing in our lives be justice?  This is indeed a hard Truth if there ever was one, but the Self recognizes that in some manner, shape, or form, we had a play in what is manifesting in the present moment.  There is a purpose to all, often unbeknownst to our conscious mind.

Is this life we’re living now all there is?  Or is there a possibility we have all had other “turns on the wheel?”  I will speak on this later in more detail, but for the moment, suffice it to say I have come to believe that this is the case.

This statement resonates so clearly to me … and it is humbling.  Recognition often comes when experiences arise that make me “uncomfortable” (to say the least!) … after I’ve run a few rounds with question and emotion.  But inevitably, I’m reminded of these words.  Who knows precisely the causes of these effects?

In the Tarot, there is a “Justice” card … and the person at the center is holding a scale.  Balance is what Justice requires, nothing more, nothing less.  And if indeed we can come to truly understand this concept, we are freed from a great deal of anguish that isn’t necessary.  Right now I think of the expression, “man up” … a call to “see” what is before us as best we can, accept responsibility when appropriate, and move forward.

6 – Beauty

In all things, great and small, I see the Beauty of the Divine Expression.

This statement is focused on the yellow circle at the center of the Tree.  It is named “Tiphareth”… also known as “the Christ center.”  It is a place of balance, where in spite of all that swirls about, one attaining this place “sees” the beauty in All … not by effort or trying to convince one’s self “we are all connected.”  This is what the Self sees, as we will in time.

Years ago I came upon a scripture that spoke of how God sees us as “dressed in white” (indicating purity).  My apologies, but I can’t remember precisely where it is, but I remember its impact on me.  I struggled mightily with the notion that God could see me in such a way … because I knew what was going on inside of me.  If I didn’t see myself as “pure” or beautiful, how in the world could he?  When I looked at myself, I saw the imperfections, but he saw past them to who I really am.

Enough for now.  Enjoy the day.

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