I take a half-step closer and look carefully at his face. It is difficult to decide what he looks like because he seems to be continuously changing. I think he is tall, but then I am eye to eye with him. I think his face is narrow, but then it widens and all of the sudden I am looking at a great lion. When I am sure he is male, he then changes again and I see a feminine face. As soon as I decide I know what he is, then he changes. I stand here for some time watching this kaleidoscope of life forms. At first I want him to stay the same so I can count on what I am seeing, but the longer I watch I start to feel delighted and look forward to what will come next.
I want to show this ever-changing kaleidoscope man to Ato and then to my surprise Ato’s face becomes the face I am looking into. My heart lifts with my love for Ato. Then Ato’s facial features change into a child I do not know. The love in my heart remains the same for this unfamiliar child as it was for Ato. I did not know it was possible to feel the same love for a stranger. Then the face changes to a white woman. My love remains steady. I realize there is a space in my heart to hold love for every creature and person I am seeing. I am more capable of being loving than I thought.
Something changes and I am not looking from the outside at this wonder of living lines; I am inside of them. From within the web I can visit every living thing. My journey is so swift that the visits are not like making personal friends, but more like gathering my connection to all living beings.
In the visits to the different gems in the web I get to know the place, person, or creature through my senses. I am smelling decomposing leaves in a grove of oak trees, hearing the pants of a young woman running a race through woodlands, watching sunlight glisten on the back of a frog who just climbed out of the water, listening to the deep pop sound of ice moving in a glacier, taking in the scent of an elk who is bending down to drink from a river. All life is connected and I am never alone. I am flooded with gratitude and love.