For as long as space endures, and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I too abide to dispel the misery of the world.– Stephen Levine, “Becoming Kuan Yin”
Once Upon A Time
there was a Chinese princess named Miao Shan. Miao Shan was different from all the other snooty princesses her age. She was a plain Jane type of gal with a steadfast devotion to healing the sick.
And can you guess what her one dream was? Nope, she didn’t want a fairytale castle or a prince charming. She dreamed of becoming a nun so that she could live a quiet life of service. This made her father, the hotheaded King of China, red with anger. After all, he wanted her to marry and continue the royal line.
As punishment, he sent her to work alongside the servants of the palace. Of course, she couldn’t be more thrilled about her new role. Clearly he had to work on his punishment. So, he sent her to work at a run-down monastery. However, even in the harsh conditions, the earth princess was happy as a clam caring for the sick.
When word got back to the king that she thrived in her new role, he became so furious that he ordered her execution. However, at the moment of the Miao Shan’s execution, her infinite compassion transformed all of the executioners’ tools into delicate flowers.
At that moment she became known as the Goddess Kuan Yin, which means ‘she who hears the cries of the world’. The beloved goddess became a bodhisattva. In other words, she holds off on entering Nirvana so that she can help free humans from endless karmic cycles and finally reach enlightenment.
Kuan Yin Wisdom
Infinite compassion is the divine key to move our world from suffering to enlightenment. But how can we bring more compassion to our lives?
Kuan Yin teaches us to release perfectionism. It’s like we’re all performers at the cosmic circus. We are trying our best to balance on this impossible tightrope, but sometimes we wobble and sometimes we fall flat on our face.
As we stumble through life, let’s release our inner critic and instead offer authentic kindness. We are all in this together. Kuan Yin helps us move beyond a “me, me, me” mentality and see the interconnectedness that unites us all.
When we shift our perspective, that tight, restricting feeling squeezing the heart dissipates. New paths magically unfold, and the world becomes a better place for all.
- Lotus flower
- White Peony Root