Wow, I almost forgot!
Matt, one of our “ordinary guru seeking” tribe members just reminded me that it’s time for a Monday blog. Okay, I am going to be spontaneous with this one; here’s an unedited excerpt from my newest book (The Ultimate Understanding), to be released soon. I hope you enjoy it.
The orphaned eagle
Great lessons are often better absorbed when offered through parable. Because the lesson isn’t pointed directly at us, it’s easier to be open to it. The story of the orphaned eagle points directly at the duality of the human condition. Have you heard the story?
A farmer found a fledgling eagle in his cornfield and placed it in the chicken coop with the barnyard hens. It didn’t take long for the fledgling to begin identifying with the clucking hens. She became expert at clucking and nervously reacting to shadows. She completely ignored her inner yearning to spread her strong wings and soar high in the sky, although she sensed that something wasn’t right.
One day an elder eagle flew by and witnessed this peculiar sight. He swooped down, cornered the fledgling, and spoke to her about her real nature. The elder eagle finished his dialogue with this wise advice: “There are no limitations imposed on an eagle except those that the eagle imposes on herself.”
The fledgling was touched deeply. It was but a moment later that she responded rightly to this rescuing message. She immediately stopped clucking and instantly rejected her assumptive identity. In that instant she released her real nature into her action as she spread her wings wide and accompanied the elder eagle high into the open sky.
This parable points to the conflict found in each of us. We become prisoners of our assumptive identities. With a mind fraught with thoughts of lack and limit, we psychologically imprison ourselves. And in that imprisoned condition we don’t see our limiting behavior as limiting – we just see no other possibility.
Gnashing your teeth, or weeping and complaining adds nothing more than heightened intensity to any problematic condition you’re experiencing. The first thing that you must realize is that you are your own jailer, as well as the jailed one. If you’re locked in a hen house – you did it to you.
Recognizing yourself as the jailer makes it obvious that you must have the key to set yourself free. That knowledge alone is the “get out of jail card” – sweet liberty!
It matters not how far you’ve strayed from the truth. It’s never too late to awaken. Awakening is art in creation. Delay no longer. Ask yourself now, “Am I here to peck in the dirt for grubs or soar high in the sky?”
The authentic you is radiantly cheerful, wonderfully resourceful, remarkably purposeful. What could be a nobler act than choosing to fly high?
Are you prepared to unfold your wings? The mountain peaks await you.It is always a great moment to become conscious of an empowering fact of which you were previously unconscious. Take a moment. Awareness precedes great progress.
Okay folks of the flock – what has this got to do with you? Where in your life are you pecking for grubs like a clucking hen rather than soaring high in the sky with the eagles?
Blessings and Love, Rob
PS A person can only be truly satisfied with himself when he is truly being himself