Letters to Jesus (Similes, Metaphors & Paradoxes)- 6
Another paradox: that which makes us present to others is also that which separates us. First on the intellectual level and second on the spiritual level there are things about each of us that draw others nearer to us and, at the same time, distance them from us.
On the intellectual level, as our knowledge grows through expanded perception and conceptualization we learn more about ourselves and others and about the world we live in. But this enlightenment which clarifies and makes more lucid our role in life and our understanding of other people and things, leaves in the dust those who are not on the same track, and so separates us from them. It may even construct barriers.
This works as well on the spiritual level. As we grow in our perception and understanding of loving relationships, it does not mean that those whom we love grow along with us at the same rate. Thus we may even be avoided or dismissed because of going beyond or falling behind the level at which we were originally an attraction to others.
There is much that attracts me to You, or to particular saints or spiritual writers, but there is equally much that separates me from all these. In one sense, the distance I am frustratingly unable to make up can become something of a hindrance. It does not, all of a sudden, seem so important that others accept us where we’re at as it is for us to accept ourselves where we’re at during any given period – and to keep moving.