Thomas Merton, the Trappist Monk, and Mystic who wrote these words is speaking of the human world as well as the world of nature. But in our everyday lives, Merton’s words can sound like wishful thinking. Afraid that our inner light will be extinguished, or our inner darkness exposed, we hide our true identities and become separated from our own souls. We end up leading divided lives, far removed from our birthright of wholeness.
There is no escaping the human condition. We are mirrors for each other and are always reflecting both our perfect divine nature and our imperfect human nature.
We will not reach perfection, but we can return to wholeness by integrating our perfect divine nature and our imperfect human nature. This is what the process of evolution is all about. We all have an innate wisdom that knows we are meant to live from love, peace, harmony, joy, and wholeness.
We have given our power away by accepting the lives of surviving rather than thriving. If we can let go of our survivor mentality which focuses on lack and open in faith to a connection with an infinite energy source that is always guiding us towards not only our own highest good but the highest good of all, we will begin to thrive and live abundant lives
When we resist this higher guidance, we create unnecessary suffering for ourselves. That suffering only ceases when we surrender to a higher guidance that speaks through our innate wisdom allowing that truth to flow through us.