I truly believe that everything that happens to us teaches us something about who we are. But what we are able to see, grasp and understand, is limited by what we consider possible. The way we experience the world is intimately connected with what we believe we are.
Maybe you have the same feeling as me when observing yourself and other people in various interactions. I recognize a constant desire for unity.
We look for people who have the same interests as we do. In my life, the circle of people around me shows what kind of thoughts and feelings I’ve been nurturing. It is with great joy that I realize that I’ve been creating deeper relationships.
My quest to know myself better and to be more tolerant and loving with myself enables me to dive deeper into my relationships and to join with people in such a way that, even though we haven’t known each other for long, our hearts are joined and we can truly share whatever we feel.
A couple of weeks ago I went with my son to a square in the city where I live so that he could swap duplicate stickers to complete his world cup sticker album. There were many people of all kinds, but one person caught my attention. His sticker album was almost complete, but he had a big bunch of duplicate stickers.
He looked through my son’s bunch of duplicate stickers and couldn’t find any he needed to complete his album. However, the man was willing to help my son to look through the duplicate stickers he had to check which ones he needed.
The whole thing lasted about forty-five minutes, during which it began to rain very heavily. I asked the man if he wanted to stop helping us and go home. In response, he said we should look for shelter and continue the process.
At the end of that encounter, which I believe to be a holy one, my son was quite happy for getting so many missing stickers for his album and the man looked quite happy himself. He said goodbye and went on to help another boy who, like my son, did not have any stickers he needed either. He went through the whole process all over again. With the same willingness and attention.
I don’t even know the man’s name but he reminded me that, the world is full of people who seek unity and are ready to give their time, their attention, their love and their life freely. I was deeply grateful for having received so much from a total stranger.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m the one who is changing, or if the world is becoming more loving. I just wanted to write this text to remind myself and each one of you, dear readers, that Love IS the answer and that the desire for union we all share is the light that will take us back to remembering who we truly are.
By Julians Kurokawa
Fulfillment can be provided by each and every one of your brothers and sisters, for in each is the Christ available to be seen and experienced as it was from me. It is in your holy relationships that union can be found and experienced, and thus from these that you fuel your desire for union with all and for knowledge of your Creator. This yearning must but be a pure yearning—untainted by fear and judgment and approached with wholeheartedness—for it to be fulfilled. It is not the means that are lacking but the wholehearted desire.
A Course of Love (C.19.7)