“When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.” –Michael Bridge
I love this quote. I love the simplicity of it. I love how it boils down the nuances, subtle or not. Live your heart’s desire it says, and all will be well.
Only, you and I both know; there’s a lot more to it than that.
I co-founded a business with a friend 2 years ago. It’s an inspirational, conceptual card and gift company. It was birthed from a vision my partner saw in her mind; a sad person standing alone in the middle of nowhere and someone on the back of a cart handing them a small piece of paper with a note on it. The note is read, the strangers connect with their eyes and they smile and something shifts ever so slightly in the universe.
My business partner and I are both mothers. Both concerned about the future of our world for our children’s sake. We wanted to create something that would make a difference. We decided that the vision was about connecting people. It was about banishing loneliness and creating a deeper space for kindness among friends and strangers.
Our hands began to do the work of our hearts. We translated that vision into a product line and at first we felt the “circle of creation” was complete. We’d had the vision, we’d used our powers of imagination and all kinds of skill sets we never knew we had and created an actual physical manifestation of the vision.
We felt at that point that something magical would take place. That the doors of our souls would open and love would heal all, meaning we’d be validated, we’d be happy, we’d be fulfilled…but then we had to concretize our product in the marketplace. We had to have a Facebook account, we had to learn to use Twitter and Hootsuite and find a web designer. We needed to find legions of people to sell it for us all over the country. We needed to go to gift shows and write business plans and learn to create articles for ourselves for PR purposes.
Someone told us that if we created a couple of new products they’d sell even better then the first one. So we created them. We put our hearts and souls into that and found printers and eco-friendly packaging and designers and thought, OK when we get these to market, the circle will be complete and our souls will fly open and love will step forth and heal everything in sight. WooHooo!
But then there was the blog and the sales reps and the needing to get a national magazine and the new idea that would change the world…
And we realized, along the way, in fits and starts…that there wasn’t anything outside ourselves that was going to suddenly show us that we’d made it or that we’d reached some great plateau of service where there was a band playing and a ribbon to be run through. It would never be that way. We would never be “at the end.” It’s a journey, (thank goodness) not a destination.
Just about that time, I went back and looked at that quote again…and I saw something I hadn’t before;
“When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.”
And it hit me, like a ton of bricks; it’s in the doing that the circle is complete-not in the completion. Just in the doing. Think of that! It’s the heartfelt intention and the doing that closes the circle. There is no race, there is no finality, there is no “winning.” The doing is all that needs to be done for the reward of healing…just the doing.
And the healing isn’t like a firework display, it’s bits and pieces here and there that add up to a life well lived. It’s an e-mail that says, “Keep up the good work,” or a sales rep that tells us “I wish I had more clients who stood for something like you all.” It’s the willingness of others to step up and help make our dreams come true. It’s the smile you see on someone face when you hand then one of your very own products and you know deep down inside, you made their day. The healing comes from the inside out.
“Doing,” at first, requires only vision and hope. But “doing” continually, regardless of the level of encouragement or gratification, requires faith and a solidity of purpose and mission. It requires being present to the moment you are in and a knowing that you are enough.
If someone had told me only 2 short years ago the kinds of spiritual lessons I’d be learning as a business owner, I’d have laughed and said they were crazy. But I have found that if I can be present, truly present, in the “doing” that my heart is happy, that my soul sings, the circle of creation is already complete and my healing is inevitable.