Invisible enemies scare us. Perhaps that is why we are afraid of the dark, of ghosts….and things that go bump in the night. We don’t like what we can’t see.
And so it is with the virus.
Our human body comes equipped with five senses. They are part of our operating package at birth. These senses not only allow us to explore and experience our physical world, they serve to protect us. To keep us safe. To warn us of potential threats.
If we touch a hot stove, we recoil. When we taste something unpleasant, we spit it out or perhaps even vomit. An unusual sound makes us stop and take notice. If we see an object flying towards us, we instinctively duck.
But this is not the case with a germ.
We can’t see it or taste it or smell it. We can’t tell if we’ve touched it, and a germ makes no sound. We don’t know where it lurks or who might be carrying it. It becomes our invisible enemy and we’ve nowhere to hide.
And so we become fearful, paranoid…side-eying others with suspicion. “Do they have it,” we wonder? “Will they give it to us?” We mask up, avoid family members. We cancel vacations, steer clear of church. We watch others from a distance, while shopkeepers hide behind a Plexiglas shield. We avoid kisses and hugs, human touch, human connection.
And we do these things in the name of safety.
But, what if life isn’t just about being safe…protecting the physical body? What if living a full and glorious life necessitates a bit of risk-taking?
Would it make any difference if you knew that you were more than just a body? That you are an eternal, magnificent soul that just happens to be temporarily housed in a human body?
What if we all knew that a piece of us is eternal and will live on, regardless of what happens to our physical body? Would it change the way we experience life? Would it change the decisions that we make along the way? Would it cause us to be less fear-based and more loving – not just in relation to the virus, but relative to LIFE ITSELF? Would it propel us to pursue our passion instead of the status quo?
Would we love harder? Laugh louder? Forgive more quickly?
And what if I told you that the Source of our greatest power, our redemption, was actually found within the world of the unseen? What if that which we cannot experience with our five senses had the potential to change everything?
Well, it does.
That unseen energy field – most would call it LOVE – actually IS our greatest power…our greatest hope. It is our antidote for fear…fear of this virus, fear of living, fear of knowing our true power.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
The good news is that, even though we can’t “see” it, we can KNOW it. We know love through the things that we CAN experience with our five senses – a silky rose petal, the smell of a puppy, the sight of our spouse after a long deployment, a cool drink on a hot day, and the laughter of a child.
If you’re feeling really spunky, ready to throw caution to the wind, you can start to explore even more of this unseen world. Because, guess what? Your physical body also came equipped with a sixth sense – intuition. It’s your own personal guidance system, sort of like a GPS for the vehicle that houses your soul. The thing is, just like the Garmin in your car, your intuition can’t guide you if you’re not paying attention to it.
But, with practice, you can master your sixth sense. You can let go of fear. You can step into the power of who you really are…and then….
As Dr. Seuss likes to say, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”