There is a wonderful Black woman at the Super Market where I shop. We have chemistry. I am drawn to her for some inexplicable reason. Her black pool-like eyes shine and dance with aliveness and love from behind her personality. She can be a bit of a pistol and cracks me up with her dry sense of humor. I just love going through her line, and don’t mind waiting, so I can see those big beautiful loving eyes. I know she is a religious woman as she often mentions God. I expect an “Alleluia” out of her mouth at any time. I do not share her religion or beliefs, but there is something in those eyes that I see whether one calls it God, The Divine, The Universe, Emptiness, Consciousness, Presence, Beingness, Allah, Brahman - or maybe just - Love… She is not a guru, spiritual teacher, or anyone on a special “spiritual path” – just an ordinary woman who is a cashier at the market.
The other day she spotted me in her line, we gave one another a wide-eyed grin and a wave. She finished with the person ahead of me, then pushed my carriage aside and gave me the biggest hug. Imagine that, right there in the grocery store – as if we had been best friends forever! A big Heart Hug. After we embraced, while still holding onto each other, I looked into her big beautiful eyes and said “You have God’s Eyes. I can see it.” We both almost started to cry. Me - because I recognized something in her looking back at me. I was looking into her True Being, seeing the reflection of True Beingness (“God”?) in her deep Being, beyond personality… Isn’t that really what we all want in an other, to see the reflection of our deepest Being, our Truest Self…
Afterwards there were few words, only silence between us; not her usual chatter and bantering humor… She hardly said a word as she checked me out. I worried that I had made her uncomfortable; that it was too awkward for her for me to tell her that I saw God in her eyes. I could have said, I see love in your eyes, or you have loving eyes, but what rolled out of my mouth was “You have God’s eyes.” (like I know what that is!?) At one point she just looked up at me and said: “I am so Loved.” And I responded – “Yes you are.” And we both smiled… Isn’t that what we want the most – to know that we are truly Loved…
It doesn’t matter what one’s “religion” is. It’s all about opening to Love. Love shines through it all, whatever “God” one believes in, or does not believe in, or however we call that “God” - as it’s all the same “God” - the same Love shining through the Inner Being... Who can claim “God” as their own? Who can take a stance that “God” is only on their side? For who is “God” anyway? A persona that we have created? A cosmic energy? The Great Mystery…? Clearly I don’t know with certainty, as my beliefs *about* “God” have changed over the years. I only know what my experience is – and I saw “God’s” loving eyes looking back at me through the eyes of an ordinary woman at the check-out counter…
said - “I
am so loved.” Lydia
And thank you for your loving eyes…
Photo: Eye of God Mandala