Chuck Lorre is a television writer, producer and composer, and has created numerous successful sitcoms. At the end of his TV programs, he writes what he calls “vanity cards” and shows them at the end of the credits. I’ve often wondered what they said as they weren’t on long enough to read. I decided to look them up on the Internet and found that he posts all of these cards for everyone to see. I began reading through them and found that Lorre has a beautiful spiritual side; therefore, many of his cards are filled with much wisdom and knowledge that would be of interest to the spiritual seeker.
One of my favorites is card #524: “I don't mean to offend anyone, but God told me to write this vanity card. The following are His words. I just took dictation. ‘Dear Humanity, You are all animated by me. Like electricity lights a bulb, I light you. What you call awareness is, in fact, me. Some awareness plays soaring piano concertos, some shoots three from the perimeter, some drive around in little cars looking for parking violations. It's still me. Just in a different guise. God in drag, if you will. Simply put, each and every one of you is a perfect expression of my timeless, universe-straddling ineffability. You are also meaningless and inconsequential. It's a paradox, I know. But only to you. Which brings me to the purpose of this vanity card. In your endless quest to forge an identity, you have lost sight of what you are. So I will say it again. When you strip away all the temporary labels - American, Iranian, Israeli, Russian, Chinese, young man, old woman, soldier, florist, gay, straight, rich, poor, liberal, conservative, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, or Jew - when those identities are taken away, and believe me, they eventually will be, then all that is left of you...is me. Consider this the next time you feel compelled to hurt or kill someone. Look at them. See me. Then act. On a lighter note, that was a really funny episode of Big Bang tonight! That Sheldon is a hoot!’”
This card was the very first one I chose to read and talk about having a wow moment! What he wrote is so true. If we strip away all our labels, all you have is God (by whatever name you use). It’s the labels that keep us separated from each other, and most importantly, separated from God. Everything in existence really is connected and we are all a part of each other.
Swami Vivekananda said, “Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.” Thich Nhat Hanh stated, “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” And as I always say, “If you want to see God’s face, look in the mirror.”
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper January 20, 2017.