Shaking off the sand
VALERIA TELES brings us a simple metaphor from Nature, showing us that our perception of ourselves is limited only by how we view ourselves.
To write about something that is beyond thought is not possible; it can only be reduced to metaphors and stories of life-changing experiences. I feel that a deep understanding of love, joy, and peace can only be known through our spiritual hearts. I was talking to a friend the other day when this metaphor emerged. I hope it resonates with you somehow.
Think of consciousness as an ocean that one day decided to experience itself as sand (symbolizing our bodies). It became drops of water covered by grains of sand. Now, if these drops of water were to look at each other, they would see grains of sand. Not knowing they are water in essence would allow them to fully experience what it is to be a grain of sand. To feel the wind transporting them from place to place, the sun turning them brown, the rubbing of their grains against each other and so on. If the drops knew they were the ocean, this kind of interaction wouldn’t happen. Think of enlightened people and how they lose interest in earthly things. These people know they are water and not sand, so their experience changes completely.
Imagine that all the drops are enjoying their experiences as sand, but then the grains start to fall off, like in sickness, old age and death. These drops begin to see the water beneath the grains and recognize themselves as the ocean. The drops now live a different kind of experience; they know they are the ocean disguised as sand. How interesting and amazing this would be!
As the sand continues to fall off, the drops become more and more ocean-like. When the last grains of sand fall, the drops happily return to their eternal essence.
Now, what happens when drops still don’t know they are the ocean, even when the sand starts to fall off? Fear sets in. In fear, the drops grieve and suffer for every grain of sand they lose, especially when they witness other drops also losing theirs. Their belief that they are sand won’t allow them to see the water beneath, even though it is right in front of them. These drops remain on the shore for an unthinkable amount of time, covering themselves with new grains of sand. They can only reunite with the ocean when they remember that they are water.
The mystery of life is beyond any metaphor, but recognizing a small fraction of the truth can liberate us from suffering, as Buddha once taught. There is deeper knowing that connects suffering to love. All our physical and psychological pains are doorways to joy and peace.
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