Inner space means you have room for your thoughts to navigate. You don’t have to react impulsively. As Stephen Covey said: “Because of the space between stimulus and response, people have the power of choice…” This gap between thoughts gives us freedom, the freedom to make a conscious choice.
Some people avoid introspection for fear of uncovering negative information. Getting to know yourself because you want to improve your interpersonal relations or because you are on a journey to gain self-awareness are not the only ways to obtain self-knowledge. Another means is when we find ourselves in unfamiliar situations that “test” us. That is, the circumstances are such that we are forced to respond, and how we respond can be very telling. How we conceptualize our situation and respond emotionally and behaviorally tells us something about ourselves. By examining our response, we may discover features about us we never knew we had.
There is a space within ourselves, the space within the heart. It is not a physical space but the space of consciousness itself, the very presence of the Divine. We seldom dwell in this inner space, except in deep sleep, when we return to it unconsciously for rest and renewal. If we look inside our minds we see emptiness. Most of us fear this emptiness within. We do not like to be alone because we must face this internal emptiness that brings into question our entire existence.
We are used to looking and relating externally. We find that to be alone is to be no one, to be unrelated, to have no stimulation and no importance. We flee that inner space and run into outer sensation and involvement. We fill ourselves with the things of the world or occupy ourselves with the things of the mind. This makes our inner space appear frightful. We dread it, as if it were a great suffering or darkness. That inner space is full of light like a thousand rising suns. It contains the inner Sun of pure consciousness, of which the outer sun is but a reflection. Life dwells in the space within the heart, not merely our personal life, but all life throbbing, pulsating and vibrating everywhere.
***Dress: Qualcosa di Blu – Trieste, location hotel Koper
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