"As separate individuals, we live in separate cultures haunted by the vague memory of an intimacy that we all share. Let us, all together, chase the very horizon of existence, the edge of understanding, the point at which new sensations, emotions, thoughts and ideas begin to emerge… and let us bring this intimacy alive." ~Alex Mero
I think above all, I am a realist, although I don’t like any conceptual descriptions of my person. I try to stay in tune with reality, which saves me a lot of misconceptions, disappointments and frustrations. The conviction, for example, that what resides in my body is immortal, permits me to be unafraid of death. Rather, it’s with immense pleasure that I live this life to the fullest with the time that I have here. While living this wonderful experience we call life, it is with great respect for the Divine that I try to let love prevail at every level and with every situation.
“At every moment of every day, an infinite amount of choices is offered to us. These choices have consequences; every decision made in the past determines our future.” Nathan explained.
“And what makes us opt for one choice as opposed to another?” Nigel asked.
“When we consciously reflect before making a choice, we always try to weigh the consequences it will have. Each of us acts this way in accordance to our understanding of things, an understanding that develops from our past experiences.” Nathan stated.
“In Central Park you talked about the importance of discovering the real source of our thoughts and feelings.” Nigel reflected.
“You remembered my words well. Indeed we have to be aware that we always decide ourselves which feelings we designate to every thought.” Nathan said.
Nigel gave himself a few moments to reflect before asking the following question:
“Isn’t each thought already linked to a particular feeling?”
“That’s often the impression we get, but in reality, we all have the ability to choose which feelings we associate with a thought. The more aware you are of this, the more you will understand things. Your choices will then become more appropriate and your actions will render you happier in the long run.” Nathan answered.
Does God hear our prayers and will He ever answer them?
Supposing that God did indeed hear and answer all our prayers, all our demands resulting from our extremely limited view of the world -let’s imagine for an instant that God took into account the caprices of each human being and that He did in fact yield to all the pleadings and whims – could we then think of God as all-powerful? Rather He would be a God of unprecedented weakness, a God in which it would be impossible to trust. Expecting God to do all this is far from understanding His magnitude, and attributing to Him nothing more than a human vision. God is the mastermind, the Creator of all existence, and only He knows the proper order of things as a Whole. He does answer prayers but not always in the way we expect, or in the way that is immediately perceivable, but in the way that promotes harmony and unity for all.
The bus ride to Marrakesh took a few hours. Nathan, who had used those hours to think and reflect on all that had gone on, took the opportunity to ask Sanah a few more questions: “Sanah, what is the essential difference between men?”
“The awareness they have of their purpose in life,” she answered.
“Everyone has a purpose in life, then?” Nathan asked.
“In effect, and everyone is capable of becoming aware.” She answered.
“And how does someone exceptional distinguish himself from others?” He asked curiously.
“By three exceptional characteristics,” Sanah stated.
Sanah had Nathan’s full attention. He was extremely curious as to what she was going to say.
“Someone exceptional does not need to discover that he has a purpose in life. He has always been aware of it.” She said.
Nathan recognized himself well in this; he had always known that to be the case. Sanah continued: “Someone exceptional benefits from a protection that is out of the ordinary, which is his ability to distinguish true knowledge from the false.”
Nathan understood better now why people often gave great value to his opinion.
“And the third characteristic?” he asked.
“It’s the most important one. From now on, it will continuously illuminate your path: the purpose of an exceptional person consists of accomplishing a higher mission.” She answered him.
In the book, Nathan does have a higher mission, but I believe that we all have “higher missions”. Whatever our purpose in life, whether it seems small or grandiose, is important, because after all, everything is connected… So there are no small or big missions, just different “assignments” for different people for one whole Big Mission—> Bringing out Love, Light and Peace…
“Do you think that one day we will be held accountable for our actions?” he asked.
“You know, Nathan, I’m originally from Columbia, a wonderful country with many religious institutions, but also much violence. I’ve lost many close friends there, but I’ve also learned something very important.” He took the time to choose his words wisely and then continued: “I think that if one day we do indeed appear before a Creator, he will not ask us why we were not stronger than our desires, or why we didn’t preach a Holy book. He won’t even ask on what basis we gave ourselves the right to take another life.”
“What will he ask, then?” Nathan asked curiously.
“The only question he will ask is: why did you not become what you truly are? “
But who are we truly? Isn’t that the question? We are Beings of light, of Love, of Truth. We come from the source of All…we are All, with unlimited possibilities. We may look different in our physical manifestations, and have different experiences, but we are all of the same essence… we are all OF “GOD”… If we remembered that in our lives, there would be nothing for a Creator to judge, because our actions would have reflected who we truly are…
“How did you learn all this?” He asked Songo.
“Partly by old traditions and partly by experience,” He answered, “I believe in the power of nature and I always try to ensure its harmony.”
“What do you mean by that?” Nathan enquired.
“You will learn by observing me. You only have to see how I treat people to understand how conscious I am of nature.” Songo said.
“What do you mean by being conscious of nature?” Nathan continued.
Songo perceived Nathan’s great interest in the subject. He sat down in the same position as Nathan and mimicked the same hand gestures as the latter while he answered:
“I understand that there exists an infinitely greater power than appears possible to many of us. For that reason, we sometimes call it supernatural. But I, on the other hand, consider it a natural harmony which is accessible to each individual.”
“Many people with a modern concept of life are skeptical about what you call natural harmony, “ Nathan said, “and they see the world more in terms of great chaos.”
“Those people often have a less conscious relationship with nature and they distance themselves from its perfect harmony. They develop a blind faith in technology and have the tendency to believe that in this way they have better control of the future.” Songo answered.
All answers lie in nature… Our ancestor’s knew this. Much have we lost with time and with what we believe to be “advances” in science and technology. If you want to use common sense, then sensibly speaking, wouldn’t we be put here with all the resources necessary to sustain us? Sure, there is much learning to do as to what is useful and for what reasons, but then isn’t that the point of life here? To learn? All answers really DO lie in nature, with its perfect harmony… If only we would stop destroying what is natural and start listening and finding the answers there…
“Tell him to arm himself with patience!”
Samir translated his words to Nathan:
“He said you need to be patient.”
“With whom, and in regards to what?” answered Nathan confused.
“Be patient with all our ignorance!” added the elderly man.
Simon and the other two companions were already gone from view and Samir, distrusting this situation, proposed to Nathan they go to their encounter. When they were about to leave, the other elderly man asked Samir to translate something else for Nathan:
“Tell him to be fearless and in this way he will show us the road to follow.”
Samir translated this to Nathan, adding that he wasn’t really sure how to interpret these words. They said goodbye to the two older men and walked away. Nathan remained silent. This incident troubled him just as much as the one that had happened in Bombay. Were these two men delivering an important message or were they to be distrusted? He asked himself. The conversation had equally perplexed Samir, and looking at Nathan with curiosity he asked:
“That second man was talking about showing the road to follow. What did he mean?”
“I don’t know any more than you.” replied Nathan. Samir was not satisfied with this answer, but insisted no further.
“What significance do we give “patience” here?” he asked Samir who was Pakistani.
“My uncle taught me that patience permits us to understand the faults of others!” he replied.
“My father taught me that the faults of others show us what roads not to follow!” replied Nathan in turn.
The concept of patience is introduced in this passage. As was posted in a much earlier entry: “Time is intrinsic to our world and governs all change. Patience teaches us to accept the time that accompanies all changes. The line of time and the line of space are strongly interrelated. There is always a place where time is ripe for the changes that we can bring about!” Life here is really all about timing, and patience is really a form of action. It allows us to accept things that cannot be changed, and to learn what needs to be learned before any changes can occur. So being patient is not being idle, doing nothing, but actually being active in learning, understanding and accepting.