“When you really look at something ordinary, it becomes extraordinary.” –The Zen of Seeing
Yesterday, on a walking tour of Cadiz, we saw the ruins of a Roman theater built in 1st century BC. Seating some ten thousand spectators, it is considered to be the largest Roman theater ever built.
The thing that most floored me is that it wasn’t “discovered” until 1980. So for centuries, people have been walking over it, walking around it, walking by it never suspecting it was there. To be fair, a 13th century fortress was built on top of it. But still. The largest ever built!!!
It made me think of all the ginormous beautiful things we so often walk by, the miracles we so blithely fail to notice. How we build fortresses from our many grievances that obscure the radiant presence that is right here, available at all times, no matter what’s going on, no matter where we are.
That’s why the Course in Miracles talks incessantly about forgiveness. That it’s really the only way to finally see “the giant Roman Theater.”
Every grievance, every brother we refuse to forgive, every time we think life should be different than it is creates a fortress against the life that pours through us. Every certainty, every “but it really shouldn’t be happening” blocks the truth—that life is just so precious, that people are incredibly kind and that miracles are happening all around us.
My greatest desire is to let it all go, to surrender to this extraordinary moment. Right now. Right here.
Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World)