I get a kick out of my daughter! She would have to be one of the safest people I know. Caution is her key to life, and being in the sport of gymnastics sometimes this becomes a bit of a problem. She has to feel very safe before she tries any new skill and I admire her for this. One day however, at home while she was on the treadmill her foot slipped and she ended up with second degree burns on her knee.
Ouch! Right? It gave me the heebie-jeebies every time I helped her clean it. I can handle sprains, torn tendons, broken bones, or nerve issues but for some reason when I see the top layer of the epidermis of the skin burnt away exposing the dermis tissue, I get weak in the knees. I felt bad for her every time I saw this wound.
As I was re-exposed to the skin issues that I had studied in university it got me thinking about skin in an entire new level. This time, I was dealing with my own daughter having her skin burnt away. It just resonated more in me this time when it happened to someone that I loved. I worked with burns in the physiotherapy clinic I worked at but this got me seeing things in a new perspective for some reason.
No matter how safe we try to be sometimes, we fall. We are going to get hurt. When we least expect it. Just like my very safety conscious daughter who refuses to water the plants in our house that are on top of cupboards because she doesn’t feel standing on a chair is a safe method of watering plants. We can shelter ourselves from getting hurt, but that isn’t life. Life is all about falling and getting back up again.
The Universe is going to do what the Universe is going to do. I’m a huge believer in that, even though the Universe is so grand that it is unimaginable the depths of its power. Just as my daughter burnt off the epidermis of her skin, and part of the dermis layer, we are nowhere near figuring out the depths of this vast Universe we life in.
There are so many laws that I am just starting to figure out now. As I meditate daily, I am starting to peel off the layers that my mind has been paper machéed into thinking. I’m just starting to lift away the ‘epidermis’ of my own beliefs that have been instilled in me since birth. The indoctrinated beliefs that have been programmed into my brain since, by chance, I was born in Canada, into a Christian United family, in a small rural community and having a female body.
I was raised the way my parents were programmed to think. That is what parents do. They think the way they believe is the right way. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not! If I had of been born in Iraq to an Iraqi family made to regurgitate the Quran, how would I be different than I am today? What would my life be like? Do you think the Universe punishes us because of what we were born into? Are we only loved by “Source”, by the “Divine”, by “God”, by “Universal Life Force” if we are born or turn Christian?
As I was watching my daughter’s body heal itself, like the wonderful machine the body is, this verse popped into my head; Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” What if the body is really just the symbol of the Universe, not a body at all? What if what we think is God’s image isn’t really a body at all, but this incredible orb of light that many people see when they are in deep meditation? People say we are beings of light. Maybe that is all we are?
My daughter burnt off the two top layers of her skin, but was she anywhere close to her heart? The pump that fuels her entire body? Absolutely not. The same is true with the Universe. Scientist are desperately trying to get answers from the Universe but it is just too big to comprehend and it is nowhere close to getting to the pump that fuels this entire universal life force. God.
We have to leave our minds open to these realities. Why are we holding so fast to the black and white of man-made tales that are spread throughout time depending on your gene pool and geographical location, instead of going deeper within ourselves to find the answers? Where do our thoughts come from? Scientist have no substantial evidence for this yet either.
Just as it took this burn on my daughter’s leg to open my mind and have a new perspective on burns, this is all I am trying to instill today. Start looking at the Universe and life through different eyes. A different perspective other than that that you’ve been indoctrinated with since birth. I’m glad I was born Christian, but many other religions feel the same way. Does that make their religion wrong? Why? Because you believe what is written in the Bible? Well, think about it–they believe what is written in their spiritual text of worship is right. Respect that. Cherish that. Maybe even read and educate yourself. Who knows it might open you up to an entire new Universe.