“We are here because we are born with the capacity to find the hidden light in all events and all people, to lift it up and make it visible once again and thereby to restore the innate wholeness of the world. It’s a very important story for our times. And this task is called tikkun olam in Hebrew. It’s the restoration of the world.” – Rachel Naomi Remen on the podcast, “On Being: Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God.”
If all of human purpose could be summed up in one statement, I believe it is this.
We are born with the capacity to find the hidden light. We don’t have to do anything to make it so, we must only notice it. By bringing our awareness to the good, we shed light upon it, and it therefore expands.
Every faith and spiritual practice asks us to train our attention on the present moment. Inherently, the present moment offers us the beauty we seek, in its entirety. There’s nothing to worry about in the moment when we don’t feel regret for the past or anxiety for the future. Children, of course, do this naturally.
As we come of age, our minds continually trip over the complex miracles of the universe. We try to decipher what’s happening, as it happens. We sense energy in and around us, unseen worlds, and we hope that with enough thought, we will decode it, we will understand it. We get in the habit of thinking in continuous streams. We are rarely taught to quiet our minds and just Be. Many of us are addicted to thinking, and most of that thinking accomplishes nothing.
Even the people who study meditation and consciousness, the mystical spiritual seekers, do not always remember to Be Here Now. This is a lifelong practice. Our technology, our lifestyles, our habits, they pull us back into our minds.
We are here not to live in our heads, but in this magical universe, where the light comes and goes in a predictable pattern. Even when immersed in (what we perceive as) darkness, the light is still shining, somewhere. We’ve simply turned away from it. It’s always there. If not for infinity, then some number that approaches it.