“It is only with the heart than one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”.
Antoine de Saint-Expuery wrote that line in The Little Prince, and for one little sentence, it holds an essential Universal truth that many of us tend to overlook or dismiss during the course of our days. What a shame that we find it necessary to withdraw our precious, healing hearts from the world in a misguided attempt to protect ourselves. But what is it that we are really trying to protect ourselves against? Are we attempting to protect ourselves from the world, from society, from each other, from unpleasant emotions and selfish exertions of others’ egos? Or are we trying to protect our own egos, our families, our possessions? If you are on the Spiritual Path, perhaps it just hurts too much to see (feel) what our species is doing to each other and to our planet..? Whatever the rationale you use, it is merely a convenient excuse to dismiss compassion, love, and understanding for the sake of self-serving ego, in whichever form it takes.
Why do we do this? Have we not chosen to be in this world when we chose to incarnate here? And just because we chose to be here does not mean we must also be of this world; they are two very distinct things. So why do we as a species tend to withdraw ourselves and attempt to hide from what have chosen?
It is our hearts with which we can heal all wounds – in ourselves, in each other, in the world – if only we are brave enough to let ourselves see -truly see with our hearts- what is going on. The pain we may feel when we open our hearts to the world just shows us where we need to put our energies, for it is through our heart that we connect to ourselves, to each other, to the planet, and it is with this that all things can be overcome, that all things can be healed – including ourselves and our planet.
Saint-Expuery was very correct… but we also must be brave enough to listen to our hearts.