Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
"…beauty on your earth is a shadow of the beauty of our heaven,
and it's a bitter thing to have a blindness for beauty on earth, for it
makes a longer teaching to see the beauties of heaven."
by an Irish spirit in the book The Boy who Saw True (anonymous
I have been counseling individuals, couples, families and
business partners for the last 35 years, and am the author of
eight published books. Since my work is spiritually based, I have
developed many ways of helping people open their hearts to
love. Opening to beauty is one of those way.
I have always appreciated beauty. Since I've been a small child,
I've collect beautiful things - shells, rocks, wood, as well as
works of art, and there are always lots of plants around. There is
nowhere in my environment where there is not something
beautiful to look at, both inside and outside in nature. When I
walk through my home and the land around it, my heart fills with
awe and love as I appreciate the beauty around me. I've done
this so automatically throughout my life that it never occurred to
me that many people do not open to beauty nor create beauty
In working with some of my clients struggling to keep their heart
open, I've mentioned focusing on an object of beauty, and have
been surprised to find that many of them have no beauty around
them - no plants, flowers, works of art or objects of nature. When
they look around they see walls, appliances, computers and
other buildings. Their left brain functions just fine in this
environment, but what about the right - the creative, intuitive,
I want to encourage everyone who reads this to consider feeding
your soul with beauty. There is nothing like awe and gratitude for
something beautiful to open the heart to gratitude in general. If
you can love the intricate design in the bark of a tree, or the
vibrancy of a flower, or the balance of a beautifully thrown piece
of pottery - that might lead you into loving and appreciating the
beauty of you and your own soul. It might open you to feeling
gratitude for your life and the sacred privilege of experiencing
your journey on this planet.
How much of your thinking time is spent being upset or unhappy
about something? What if all that time was spent in gratitude for
what you have and for the beauty around you? What if you were
present enough in this moment to revel in the fact that you can
turn on a faucet and have hot water come out? That you have
food to eat and a bed to sleep on? If you are reading this, it is
likely that you have a computer, which means you have more
than most of the people on this planet.
Try this little experiment: find something of beauty - it can be as
simple as a leaf, a flower, a photograph, a small work of art or
the top of a tree out your window. Now let yourself completely
open to the thing of beauty. Let yourself feel the beauty in your
body - in your heart, your solar plexus, in your stomach, arms
and legs, in your forehead. Let the beauty enliven your body and
fill it with vitality. Breathe in the beauty and feel your body's
reaction to it. Open to gratitude, thanking God for this experience
Notice the peace and joy it gives you to be in this moment with
this simple object of beauty. What would life be like if you spent
more moments like this, in the present with beauty and with all
you have? How much of your waking time is spent in this way?
Beauty and gratitude are soul foods. When you choose to open
to them, you extend an invitation to love, peace and joy. This
raises your frequency and opens the door to your spiritual
Guidance. Your Guidance is always here for you, helping you on
your soul's journey. Opening to beauty and gratitude, with a deep
intent to learn about what is loving to you and others, will open
you to your spiritual Guidance.
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