Spirit asks me if I can feel compassion for someone
whom I do not respect, and then, without giving me
time to consider the problem, for it would be, for me,
He asks if I could respect someone for whom I could not
Can the answers be different?
Spirit tells me that every relationship is a learning experience
In which each participant is both teaching and learning from
The relationship itself and from every participant, inclding
Deep or shallow? How far do we dare to go? To see deeply
Is to go deeply into the possible motives and intentions of
The other, or others, and to consider whether they are
Different from or similar to our own.
How far will each relationship take us if we allow, or invite it?
How will we change and how will the other, or others change?
And is it worth the effort, or risk?
All relationships either stimulate or drain our energy,
As well as affecting other resources, precious or otherwise.
Teacher, has our relationship been a learning experience for you?
Yes, it has taught me patience.
Spirit asks me to consider whether
Life is complexity within simplicity, or
Simplicity within complexity.
Then, almost before I can begin
To try to determine which,
Or if neither description of
Life is applicable, He
Asks me to visualize
The intricate web of Life and,
To ask myself where I am
Within that web, or if I am
Separate from that web. Am I
Within or part of the web.
Again, without waiting for
My doomed to be inadequate
Response, He tells me that
We are separate, but,
Only for as long as
We believe we are.