|I was out in the Black Rock Desert a few years ago and watched this several hundred pound block of ice melt. It was being melted from within by FIRE, and created an eerie hollow mourning sound that rolled over the desert floor. At first, the block of ice, in itself, had little beauty, but the creation of the void inside, filled with FIRE, shook me to my core with its beauty. I felt like I was listening to something deeply alive, like the sound of the flame was actually talking.
It think perhaps Forgiveness is like that. As a block of ice, we are cold and lifeless, but when we make the effort to cultivate Forgiveness, a warmth, a rush of power can well inside us and hollow out all the coldness, leaving a devastating beauty, seemingly empty but filled with shining colors we have never seen before. As I stood and watched that cold lifeless block of ice melt, I hoped that someday I could be as beautiful inside as that void created in the disappearing ice.
May each one of us find that vortex of compassion, the heat of love and passion for a purpose greater than ourselves, so we can all shine beautifully from within as we move in the darkness of this world.