Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty - beneath its covering - that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.
Fra Giovanni Giocondo*
to his friend, Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi
Christmas Eve, 1513
Our sojourn on earth is a Masterpiece of Masquerade! What looks and feels like art and artistry and, sometimes, dissonance and distress is a masterful disguise and, as Fra Giovanni Giocondo writes, beneath the canopy, the layers of confusion, lies a rich tapestry of messages for the soul.
The words and actions of others and how they relate to us signal a manifestation of the life choices we are living. If we find ourselves surrounded by persons of love and warmth and generosity, they are mirroring us to ourselves. And, if there is something we are doing that does not serve the needs of our soul, we will soon feel it in the actions and behavior of others around us.
We are so POWERFUL that we can create a reflection of ourselves in the persons who populate our lives and, then, by Divine agreement, forget the role they are playing. That is what makes this experience so provocative, so mysterious, so exciting. There are so many layers to it and we must override the human impulse to take things at face value and look instead at how our energy has redirected and transformed itself.
Life is an exquisite arabesque awaiting our awareness and recognition, ready to gift us with wisdom and insight regarding our decisions and actions when we are ready to receive them. If, instead, of embracing the cleverly disguised clues of self-reflection, we choose to live lives of judgment and reaction, we are giving away our power to grow and evolve into the next, greatest version of ourselves.
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*Born in Verona, Giocondo became a priest, a scholar, an architect and a teacher. In 1496, Giocondo was invited to France by the King and made a royal architect.