“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a common phrase. It is true. It is a common human characteristic to look out onto the world and see what we expect to see. When I worked at the insurance agency, I remember opening the mail one day and placing a Christmas card on top of the file cabinet where we displayed them. I thought the scene on the card was unusual, but it had a captivating essence about it. One of my co-workers looked at the card and said, “That’s just ugly.” I replied that I thought it was interesting and even could be seen as beautiful. Needless to say, we agreed to disagree. Two people can look at the same thing – one can see beauty and the other ugliness. It all depends on their perspective. I think it’s a valuable quality to be able to look at anything and be able to see the beauty in it. Beauty is a divine quality as is order, love, and power. There is an infinite warmth, color, charm, and grace associated with beauty. How does it make you feel if you were to say, “I am beautiful?” Like my co-worker, you might strongly disagree. I’m not talking about surface beauty. I’m talking about the divine quality of beauty that flows through each of us as we allow the presence of the living Spirit to be revealed through us.
How we view ourselves, others and the world create our experiences. Why not choose to see with the eyes of the Divine? Rather than seeing division and separation, choose cohesion and unity. Rather than seeing what’s wrong, take a breath and look for grace. It’s a matter of changing perspective and expectations. As we consciously do this, our world changes around us. We become more open, loving, and free. We are always at choice. The Divine is waiting in quiet repose to be felt, recognized, and experienced.
Say with me: “I am beautiful and I am surrounded by beauty. Divine grace flows to and through me and for this I am ever so grateful. And it is so.”
—Rev. Gay Beauregard, Alpine Church of Spiritual Living