the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

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There are surfaces in our lives which we pass by every day. The sheen of a coffee cup, the gleam of some stainless steel appliance, the window made a mirror by darkness. We pass them by, unseen and unnoticed. Yet they capture us and throw us back into the world.

If no one sees that reflected bit of us — your nose caught in the shine of the toothbrush holder, your fingers tapping out a rhythm on the guitar, the curve of your hip in the shower knob — does it make a sight? Does it make a sound?

I’ve been struggling this year with knowing that I am enough. Not when I’m fully actualized; not when I’ve achieved Nirvana; not when I’ve been transformed…but now, right now, I am enough. Even in illness. Even in shortcomings. Even in the ever-present, ever-niggling experience of not-knowing. Enough.

In every reflective surface, every unexpected mirror, the world captures my image and throws it back at me.

She chants:  “Be here now.”
She bears witness:  “You ARE here now.”
She testifies: “You, just as you are, are enough.”

Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? I do. Even to my very self.

 

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This is for Susannah Conway’s  Unravelling ecourse.  If this inspires you, please consider taking the course.  In this post: Reflections in a tub fixture with a lavender filter, black & white, the original photo, and colour saturation.

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Jenna/The Word Cellar July 29, 2009 at 5:12 am

This is a beautiful post, Rachelle. I do believe you’ve found your own reflection in a “sparkly thing.” :)

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Paul July 29, 2009 at 8:56 am

That’s a terrific photo, hon!

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Sherry July 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Sounds like an amazing course with Susannah…not only is it about what you reflect outwards or back on yourself but the reflecting that goes on within.

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Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen July 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Telling ourselves the truth is one of the hardest things to do. Inquiring into our stressful thoughts is a helpful first step.

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Nadia July 31, 2009 at 3:39 am

such beautiful words. love the picture. ciao!

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megg August 2, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Oh my goodness I LOVE those pictures – the reflections and the truth of your words – absolutely amazing!!

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ERika Fox August 3, 2009 at 12:17 am

Hey, Rose Swetman just told me you were in the unravelling class. I’m in it as well. (Jim, my husband, co-pastors at VCC with Rich and Rose).

Hope you are enjoying the class. I am.

Erika Fox

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Jannie Funster August 3, 2009 at 2:21 am

That is so cool. I thought it was a doorknob reflection until I read and saw it was actually in the tub.

What lies unseen is always there, whether we are aware or not.

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deb August 4, 2009 at 1:20 am

and such a freedom comes
these were the words I was reflecting on these past few days as well
thank you for gifting them so beautifully

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