“Widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein
Humans daily separate themselves from the rest of creation.
Causing endless suffering in our monumental forgetfulness.
What if the beauty and mystery of nature ceased to exist?
And we found ourselves in a black and white world.
Our senses shrinking to nothing.
Left staring endlessly into a void.
Reminders of the coupling that brought us such beauty.
Illuminate the vibrant intimate structure of all life…..
……that without embracing we are nothing.
Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time
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Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship. Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.
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A quick aside for you.
One of the 13 Laws in our forthcoming course Natural & Divine Wealth is the Law of Compassion. Compassion may not be something most people associate directly with wealth, but for me it’s one of the cornerstones because it helps define who we are.
With this in mind, here is a simple tale.
This week is school half-term and I have been spending time with my children. We are lucky. The house here is in a valley that is owned largely by a single farmer. His fields are dotted with cattle and sheep and the children are safe to roam around anywhere they like (as indeed I was when I was a boy many moons ago). It’s wonderful to have that freedom in today’s world, to see the kids trek off into the wilds without a care in the world.
Two days ago my thirteen year old daughter came back from a walk on her own to say that she was concerned about a young lamb that had escaped from the field in which the rest of its flock were. She had tried to help it get back, but had not managed. So, the three of us (myself and my two daughters) headed off up the valley to see what was what.
When we got to the field in question, we could hear the distressed bleating of the lamb before we saw it. Walking on, we saw that the creature had indeed got itself stuck outside the field. In fact, it had somehow managed to wedge itself between a high, hawthorn-covered bank and the wire fencing of the field. Worse still, its head and neck were thrust through one of the squares of the wire mesh.
As we walked up to it, it struggled and bleated frantically. I asked each of my girls to stay calm and to pull the top of the wire as far out (towards them) as possible. I then leaned over and gently, but firmly, manoeuvred the lamb free of the wire. But it was still on the far side, tightly wedged into the tiny space into which it had somehow crawled.
Getting it out proved none too easy. Hawthorns are spiky and dense and the hedge grew right up over the top of the fence. After some effort, however, I managed to get both hands underneath the lamb and lifted it out, popping it back down in the field on the near side, where it ran off to join its mother and twin, seemingly none the worse for its experience.
I’m sharing the story with you for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, it is an example of taking action. When my daughter came back from her walk we could have just sat around saying “Oh well, there’s nothing we can do, maybe the farmer will go up there later?” Instead, we took action right away. This is a good lesson for all of us in our quest for wealth: not to hurry, but to take action in good time: not to pass the buck, but to take responsibility (a key to freedom, in my opinion).
Secondly, there was a good lesson for us all in the rewards of non-resistance. As soon as the lamb realised we were there to help, it stopped struggling and became totally still, making the job of lifting it out much easier. It followed its instincts and moved into trust. Its reward was freedom (see last post for more on this).
Thirdly, the experience filled all three of us with smiles. As we walked back home, the daughter who had found the lamb in the first place said how good she felt about what had just happened. “That was better than all the Christmas presents I’ve ever got, Daddy!” she said happily. It’s a moment we will all remember.
Compassion is a great force in nature. It is part of the fabric of the universe itself. Without compassion, life has little meaning, no matter how materially wealthy we may be. Money is simply energy, an indicator of whether we are walking the path to Divine Wealth or not. It does not in itself give us fulfilment.
With compassion flowing in each breath, however, we meet the magic that defines us for who we truly are: beings for whom life is immeasurably richer when we empathise with others; caretakers capable of giving love to each and every living thing when we choose to do so. The rewards are high, for in feeling compassion, in showing our empathy to others, we become instantaneous recipients of both.
The trick of course is to create balance, welcoming wealth in all its forms: love, health, money and perfect self expression.
So, with the image of the three of us smiling as we return home across the fields, I leave you to enjoy your day!