“As you live deeper in the Heart, the mirror gets clearer and cleaner.” ~ Rumi
I’ve been this way, having a more “serious” outlook and disposition, for as long as I can remember. Some who knew me as a child labeled me an “Old Soul,” a description that felt right and sounded good to my young ears. Others took a less flattering approach. For instance, I can remember going to a summer camp when I was a kid where everyone got a cool honorary name at the end, like “Silent Scorpion” and “Courageous Cougar.” My camp name was “Realistic Raccoon.” I can laugh about it now, but I didn’t find it funny at the time. Nevertheless, it was a moniker that spoke volumes about how I saw the world, and what I saw wasn’t always pleasant.
Having accepted this, it’s been incredibly freeing for me to see a purposeful image reflected back in the mirror. I believe the same can be true for all of us. After all, we’re here, contributing to this wonderful, beautiful, magical mess called life, bringing what we bring, whether we recognize it or not. I bring a bit of solemnity tied to an awareness of and sensitivity to the woundedness that surrounds us. Owning this has motivated and guided my choices that determine how I live and what I do, in big and small ways. Whether it is through my vote, my voice, or my job, all are ways of responding to the suffering in our world.
What is it that you bring? Who do you see in the mirror each morning?
Our Earth home is full of hurt, on that I’m sure we would all agree. I don’t think this perspective is the projection of an overly serious “Realistic Raccoon,” though I am sure this little bandit contributes to my dread. Not infrequently, I wonder if I’m even up for dealing with it. The effort it takes to witness pain or endure the torment of avoiding complicity by not working harder to end the pain, absolutely takes it out of me. Comforting or not, this is part of what I bring, this responsive sensitivity to suffering. I see this when I look in the mirror. So I ask you again, what do you bring? What do you see?
For some of us the answers may come more easily, and the innermost recesses of soul truth may reveal themselves readily. For others, this task to which we are called may offer more resistance. I for one, have found the latter to be my path. If you struggle in answering these questions, may I suggest starting with a PMT-oriented view of what it means to “open one’s heart and look deeply into the mirror?” I found this to be a remarkable aid. Regardless, whether you struggle or not, there is a practice that supports us all in the work of re-Membering ourselves so that our truth is brought forth. As initiates in the Great Work, as carriers of Kamasqa medicine, we have been gifted a finely tooled looking glass: the Pachakuti Mesa.
There is a transcendent life-honoring truth at work within the structure of the Mesa. It embodies all the foundational elements that comprise our human existence. We empowered to explore the known and unknown aspects of Self by means of the Mesa. It is a mystical mirror that when engaged through sacred ritual gives us insights into what it means to be ourselves, and as a result, who we are and what we have to bring.
About the Author
As a PMT sanctioned teacher, David brings all of himself to the privileged task of assisting others experience the power and beauty of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. From his own journey, he recognizes the hunger so many feel for a spiritual practice that is both transformational and practical. Having heeded the Call to Heal, David has pursued apprenticeships in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition along with graduate training in counseling psychology, theology, and spiritual direction. David currently works full-time as the Director of a community mental health center near Atlanta and part-time as the owner and operator of Burning Bear Healing Arts, LLC, where he is in private practice offering psychotherapy, supervision, spiritual direction, and shamanic ceremonial healing. He makes his home in Decatur, Georgia, between Atlanta and Stone Mountain. David is married to a gifted and dedicated social worker, and the father of two brilliant teenage children.