Larger View

by stewart

It was a beautiful morning and something told Turtle to take the back road to Pond.  As Turtle approached the giant sycamore, which stood on the north shore, he noticed the tree was lined with scores of cocoons.  As Turtle drew closer, he saw the cocoons were breaking up and beautiful butterflies, slowly, through their struggles were emerging.

Excitedly Turtle quickened his pace and drew within ear shot.  He overheard one butterfly say to another, “This struggle to break out was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. I should have stayed inside. It was so peaceful.”

A second butterfly replied, “O to me the struggle was beautiful. I was so happy to know, soon, I would be free. I was singing as a broke through the shell.”

Then a third added, “You two are both wrong. For me there was only the realization that I was fulfilling my destiny. We are all part of the eternal perfection of the universe. To me, this was not painful or joyous. For me breaking out was natural.”

And as Turtle sat behind the tree, he heard all manner of comments from the young butterflies as they emerged. Turtle also noticed some could not get free and died exhausted in their struggle.

Later as Turtle slowly walked toward the Pond he wondered, “Essentially there was only one event, the struggle to break free of the cocoon. Yet there were many views. Perhaps these individual experiences combine to form a larger view?”

The Lesson 

  • This larger view, or inner connection, pulls together seemingly disconnected factors into a mosaic or a design.
  • This inner connection and the capacity to experience a Higher Reality has been called many things. Today some call this view mysticism, Higher Knowledge, Spiritual Capacity and Intuition.
  • This view doesn’t replace the other views, it integrates and helps take them further. Adding another layer to help some reach higher.

-SB

__________

Read my new book: Beyond The River’s Gate. Book is available on Amazon.com in paperback, Kindle format or local bookstore.  

To Order Your Copy Visit Amazon: http://bit.ly/bitkoffriver

 

{ 0 comments }

Measuring Inner Development

Q: In my inner development, how do I know if I am advancing? What criteria can be used to measure progress? Everyone is moving forward and evolving.  That is the nature of the universe.  If a path has not opened to you, pray and follow the teachings of your religion.  If you are not able […]

Religion: Foundation For Spiritual Learning

Q:  What purpose does organized religion as we know it serve? Religion is a structure through which spiritual learning can begin.  As the traveler advances, spiritual learning may take place outside of a religious context. Spiritual experience is the natural extension of religious inquiry; the great religions were created to be vehicles, for people to […]

Snail’s View

Two snails were having a race up a rock.  The first snail said, “I’m the fastest creature who ever lived.  No one has ever been faster!” The second snail thought, as he raced up the rock, “If I can keep-up with this fellow, then, I too will be the fastest creature who ever lived.” After […]

Frightened of Self

Turtle was pacing up and down the floor, mumbling to self, “Who am I? Who is the real Turtle?” Turtle proceeded to do this for hours. Finally Turtle’s pacing brought him before the mirror which stood in the far corner of his burrow. When Turtle looked up and saw his own reflection in the mirror, he […]

Dandelion Sisters

Once there was a dandelion that had 3 beautiful, yellow children.  These sisters used to play in the wind together and were known across the meadow for their sweet fragrance and striking color.  One morning as the 3 sisters opened to the sun, the appearance of one of the flowers was changed. Its blossom, although […]

Happiness #2

Traveler:  And the traveler sat before the Master and questioned, “Happiness is a transitory thing. It is as elusive as a spring day in winter. One moment I am laughing and the next sad. Master tell me what I must do to balance myself and find lasting happiness?” Master:    And the Master sat, with eyes […]

Happiness #1

Happiness is an emotional state and for the most part comes and goes. Also it is an emotional state which can be learned and refined. Often we make ourselves unhappy by replaying, in our mind, those things we consider distasteful. When something happens that is painful, usually, it is over in a matter of moments.  […]

Three Voices

Ego Says:             I must have this! Mind Says:          I can list 10 reasons                               Why it should be mine! Soul Says:            Be still greedy one.                               We know what you need. O spiritual traveler, consider well the voices in your head/consciousness; each serves a purpose, useful in its own way. Listen to the many sides of self, […]

A Call To Hearts

When are we going to stop thinking in terms of religion, country, tribe, town, neighborhood, planet, business and I. When will we begin to think in terms of humanity and helping all people reach higher? Yes. It is natural to think about self, but when are we going to start thinking about and helping others? […]