MANY COATS, MANY COLOURS

So who am I? To find the answer to this question, I have worked my way through all sorts of courses, have read a forest full of books and dug many shallow wells, because it was never my lot to dig just one. I have studied, explored and had my viewpoint changed, expanded, blown apart many times but am I any further?  What have I discovered for all that?

I have discovered that everything is just what I choose to believe. It’s like putting on a coat of beliefs. Sometimes the coat will fit like a dream and I feel a million dollars. This is the one for me today, this month, this year. Some I keep around forever and won’t throw them away even when they are threadbare and faded whereas others are still shiny and new when I realise that they are no longer me (whoever ‘me’ is)!

So my view of the world when I have my Christian coat on might be that God made the world in seven days, Noah built an Ark and Jesus was crucified on the cross for my sake. Wearing that coat, I go to church and enjoy being part of the community there. The bells and smells are familiar and comforting.

Or I could wear my trusted lab coat, with its faint aroma of formaldehyde and acid burn scars.  This coat stands for the accountability of science, for Mr Darwin and his Galapagos finches, for repetition and double-blind testing, advanced technology, medical achievements and an a-mortal future.  Wearing this coat, I am grateful for a diagnosis, science will prevail and make sense of everything, won’t it?

And there are so many other coats which I have in my wardrobe. And when I wear that coat, those beliefs colour the way I see the world around me. I look through that filter, I wear those outlooks until I take the coat off.

If we don’t see the coats, we cannot take them off and what happens when we take them off is quite beautiful. There is a nakedness, a vulnerability, a love which is so profound and so natural and it is available to all, here and now, always and forever.  Isn’t it funny that such depth, love and joy is there for us and yet we choose not to see it.  We are simply caught up in the antics of our coat-donning egos which stop us seeing that there is a genuine peace at our core.

Remember to hang your coats up. You don’t have to wear them all the time. Wearing many coats of many colours, allows us to do what we do and creates the virtual framework within which we live our lives. But that naked core is vitally important to each of us individually and collectively. It is who I am!

And how do I take my coats off, you might ask?  Just sit, let everything settle, have no agenda, do those things that you love and do them fully even if time is short.  Don’t be afraid to put a coat back on but just remember to take it off sometime!

Christine Smith

Christine Smith

Spiritual Companion

I have been profoundly interested in what makes us tick as human beings for the last 30 years. This exploration has seen me qualify as a Homeopath, a Reflexologist, and a Teacher and I have delved deep to follow my own spiritual path.

If anything on this website grabs your attention and you would like to talk more, please give me a call (+44 (0)1570 434705) or email me. I look forward to hearing from you.  

I know that nothing has ever been real
without my beholding it.
All becoming has needed me.
My looking ripens things
and they come toward me, to meet and be met.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Photo (coats) by Shanna Camilleri on Unsplash

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