Spiritual insight, or enlightenment, as called by many, seems like a big task; a job for the likes of a Siddhartha, a Jesus, a Krishna, or a Francis of Assisi. How can we even dare strive to be such a one? It seems so full of ego somehow.
Many masters have told us that the secret to this nirvana perceptiveness lies in cultivating a playful, loving heart. They have assured us that the tools needed are music, chanting, singing, and even dancing. It is suggested that we first bring our thoughts and emotions into the eternal song of Great Spirit and then celebrate the fullness of life through “making a joyful noise.”
But for most of us enlightenment and fun don’t seem to belong in the same sentence. The very idea of spiritual attainment conjures up visions of hard work, fasting, endless, painful sacrifices, and austerities. Siddhartha became the Buddha only after he gave us the hard road and decided on a middle way. Jesus’ first public miracle was to turn water into wine for a wedding feast. Krishna is almost always shown with his flute, and Saint Francis thought of himself as God’s troubadour gifting us with the canticle of the sun
Perhaps the reason we have so much struggle with “making a joyful noise” is because we focus on our mistakes, fears, projections, and the unpredictable upsets that life sends our way. Another secret of spiritual illumination is allowing ourselves to forgive and forget our mistakes…and those of others as well. What if we laughed more, especially when we make foolish mistakes? What if we let go of needing those around us to be perfect, happy, content, and at ease? Perhaps we will have true wisdom when creating and sharing love, joy and peace is more important to us than perfection.
Great Spirit, bless me with your gift of laughter.
Teach me to let go of shame and guilt about my mistakes,
so I can allow more of my true nature to shine.
Help me release the past so I may
enjoy the beauty of this present moment
You have provided for me.
May I remember that problems
are a part of daily life.
May I ask for help when I need it,
and give help when I see the needs of others.
To all my unruly and difficult thoughts
I shall say: