"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
“The little streams as well as the big rivers all end up by joining at the sea.” Pablo answered.
Nathan noticed that Pablo had just used the same symbolism as Simon.
“How do we know when someone has attained a higher dimension?” Nathan asked.
“When they no longer question how to be happy; they then live in the dimension of the wondrous mystery!” Pablo stated.
“The wondrous mystery?” Nathan asked.
“In that dimension, the path that leads to happiness becomes more and more tangible, and each experience serves to bring further clarity.” Pablo explained.
“What do we experience exactly?”
Pablo looked at Nathan and then at the flames in the fireplace, and answered: “Like I said…the wondrous mystery!”
They don’t question HOW to be happy, because happiness is in their lives through living from the heart, from the wondrous mystery. It is a place of calmness, peace, and acceptance of life and all the wonders around; seeing life from a grander perspective. When we see life from its true source, happiness is just there… When I said “Place” it is not a physical place, but a vibrational place within you, in which all you see is beauty…. and all you feel is Love…
Nathan was shocked by what met his eyes! Mud had completely invaded the streets and the cars could barely circulate. Everywhere people implored for help, the look of despair clearly visible on their faces, and the feel of fear and anguish distinctly palpable in the air.
At various times, the taxi driver was forced to stop the car, and Nathan with his heart clenched tight from all the misery he was seeing, asked Simon:
“Why is nature so cruel sometimes? It’s absurd!”
“It is not so much that nature is cruel that it’s absurd in as much as the need for its purpose!” replied Simon.
“What sense could all this have?” Nathan asked, trying to understand Simon’s reasoning.
“Like with any other catastrophe, it’s about the change that it will bring.”
“What change?” asked Nathan, now with curiosity.
“Whenever there are disasters, people have the possibility to develop qualities like courage, compassion, and their capacity to put things into perspective.”
The taxi started moving again. Nathan had difficulty seeing things the way Simon did.
“Can’t we do anything to help them?” he asked.
“Not for the moment, no.” replied Simon.
“Isn’t it precisely now that they need our help? Nathan insisted.
“It is in the calm and in the silence that follows a disaster that each person can then account and focus on what they need to learn.”
I see nature as a living entity, responding to the stimuli around it. It’s also an ever-changing entity, evolving just as we are… There are reasons and purposes for everything, and there’s also likely a bigger “plan” in this seemingly chaotic world. What can’t be learned the easy way, is taught the hard way. How true it is that it’s in moments of great disasters that people are reminded of the human basic qualities of the heart: love, togetherness, assistance, compassion, courage, respect, etc…
“How could you have known that we would get a table in this restaurant?” asked Nathan with curiosity.
“I just thought it was a good idea to come up here.” Simon replied.
“You have the gift of choosing well!” Nathan said with a smile.
“By following our instincts, we can set things in motion and concretize our ideas!” Simon affirmed.
Nathan was aware once more just how much Simon’s concept of life resembled that of his father’s. Another point both men had in common was that they always tried to express only positive thoughts. Nathan wanted to talk about this so he stated:
“If everyone fostered only good thoughts the world would be a better place!”
“Well, to begin with,” Simon remarked, “We would all have to know what good thoughts are.”
“That seems simple enough to me.” Nathan answered.
“Not everybody answers to the same source of knowledge to know if a thought is good. Many are those who prefer their own knowledge over that of higher knowledge.”
Nathan knew that higher knowledge was none other than the inner power which his father had talked about.
“Why isn’t everyone aware of the real usefulness of higher knowledge?” asked Nathan.
“That’s because we all individually classify our priorities in the order that seems proper to us.” Simon answered.
“But isn’t personal evolution a main priority for each one of us?” Nathan asked.
“Each one of us has our own points of view depending on what has been instilled in us.”
We assume that everyone knows the same “good” and “bad”, but really, it is a matter of perception. To some degree, we are a product of our environment; the values we were brought up with, the ideas, beliefs, priorities that we’ve been conditioned with. Understanding this, also gives a certain understanding of why people behave the way they do, and make the choices that they do. Intrinsically, though, I think people do have a certain “knowing” of what comes from Love, and what doesn’t, but depending on where they are in life, how “strong” their outer influences are, their perceptions of Truth/Love/Reality may be distorted.
“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.