What direction to take? Ask the elephant!

In my post on February 27th, I talked about the shift in my values because of my quantum moment that put spirituality to the top of my list of values.

I also came to the realization that we are not separate, that at the most basic level of the quantum world which is pure abstract consciousness, everything in this vast universe is connected. That we are spirit and that we exist on more than one plane which I discussed in my post on February 13th.

In that February 13th post in the interview with Dr. John Hagelin on “Consciousness and Superstring Unified Field Theory”, Dr. Hagelin mentioned that through the ages cultures understood that connection with everything through their experiences and this was called enlightenment.

So I was then left with the questions to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Which direction do I take now? What culture should I study? Whose beliefs are correct? Well, the universe pointed me to……..

The parable of the blind men and the elephant.

 

blind men with elephant
The blind men and the elephant.

I don’t know if you have ever heard the parable, and there are several different variations. Here is the version the Universe introduced me to:

A long, long time ago in a small village in India, there were six blind men that had never seen an elephant before. One day they heard there was an elephant in the village and they decided to go and find out what an elephant was like.

The first blind man went up and touched the elephant’s ear. He said to himself this elephant is like a big fan.

The second blind man touched the elephant’s tusk. He said to himself this elephant is like a spear.

The third blind man touched the elephant’s leg. He said to himself this elephant is like a strong tree.

The fourth blind man touched the elephant’s side. He said to himself this elephant is like a mighty wall.

The fifth blind man touched the elephant’s trunk. He said to himself this elephant is like a large snake.

The sixth blind man touched the elephant’s tail. He said to himself this elephant is like a strong rope.

Later when they were back together they discussed what they had discovered about the elephant and began to argue about their descriptions. A wise old man was walking by and heard them arguing and he asked “What is the trouble?” the blind men responded, “We cannot agree what an elephant is like!”

After listening to each man’s description of the elephant the wise old man looked at them and said “Each of you is right, and each of you is also wrong. If you put all your descriptions together you will have a better understanding of what an elephant is truly like.”

The poem.

There is also a poem written by John Godfrey Saxe (1816 – 1887) about the parable and it goes:

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a WALL!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, “Ho, what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a SPEAR!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a SNAKE!”

The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he:
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a TREE!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a FAN!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a ROPE!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,

And all were in the wrong.

The realization…….

I believe now that as we are ready and if we are listening, paying more attention to that little voice known as intuition the Universe will guide us on each of our journeys.

I also believe that there is no such thing as coincidences, everything happens for a reason, and as before if we pay more attention to our intuition, take action, the Universe, that ocean of pure abstract intelligence, that connects everything will guide us on our journeys through life, introducing, revealing to us the next step as we are ready.

But we have to learn to listen and take action!

Whether you realize it or not, or believe it or not. We are co-creators, we create our own realities. Each one of us lives in our own worlds, each one unique with its own experiences and perceptions. The choices we make determine the path of each journey.

Do we perceive the things in our lives with open minds, do we do it with general objectivity, and with a consideration of others point of view? Or are we bias? And do those biases stop us from being the person we were truly meant to be and living the life we truly want?

Are we like the blind men? Being right, but also wrong because we only see a part and not the whole.

Before my quantum moment, my shift, I was like most, stuck in that proverbial rut. Following the status quo, chasing dreams and going nowhere. Feeling a lack of fulfillment in whatever I did. Not realizing that I was creating my own reality!

The switch didn’t just flip!

switch on mans forehead
The change wasn’t instant as if a switch was flipped.

I’m not saying that at my quantum moment when I experienced my shift and started my spiritual journey that I instantly quit following the status quo, chasing dreams (I still chase dreams but they have changed) and felt instantly fulfilled.

There wasn’t an instantaneous flip of the switch!

Those dreams are turning into visions but as I said in my February 20th post for myself holding on to those visions with “sustained and consecutive thought” creating my own reality is not an easy thing for me but I’m getting there.

I have to say that I no longer worry about the so-called status quo, and look at it, it’s changed today compared to yesterday and will probably be different tomorrow! I’m not part of that flock!

There are days when I don’t feel fulfilled, heck there are weeks! But the fact is this is life, it’s a journey. It’s not all “unicorns and rainbows” as one of my new mentors puts it. But the feeling of fulfillment If we don’t earn it, if we don’t put in the work will we really appreciate it?

Questions and answers.

The parable of the blind men and the elephant gave me the answers that I needed at the time, to my questions that I mentioned in the beginning of this post, guiding me forward on my new spiritual journey to enlightenment.

Remember they were:

Question: Which direction do I take now? What culture should I study? Whose beliefs are correct?

Answer: I realized that I needed to look in more than one direction, and look at not just one culture or set of beliefs but at all the ones that embraced oneness with the Universe and to do it objectively, with an open mind and to consider their viewpoints.

“Hey, Universe I’m listening, which cultures?” I waited for the Universe to give me the next clue (or should I say hint) in my journey. I’ll tell you about the next hint in my next post.

Conclusion…….

The parable shows how we can be blinded by bias views and that we should be wary of the promotion of any absolute truths.

Since then I’ve learned a lot and continue to learn each day on this spiritual journey towards my enlightenment with little universal hints (if you catch my drift), if I listen for them. Learning to listen is just one part of the process which I’m constantly getting better at.

Just like any journey in life, there have been highs and lows, roadblocks and detours, staying on the path and falling off of it for a while.

I have to say over the past 13 years my spiritual journey has not been smooth sailing by any means!

There have been periods of time when it’s been one step forward and two steps back. Other times a progression of baby steps forward and even some ah-ha moments.

I’ve learned a lot and continue to do so about my personal life, and this amazing universe we call home and hope by sharing it will inspire or maybe at least invoke a little of your own curiosity about who and what we really are and how we affect each other and everything in the universe.

I have to say that sharing my past and present journey with you on this website has served as a great refresher for me also. There is nothing better in my opinion for us to stop and reflect on what we’ve done and learned, and haven’t done yet, or what we need to do differently.

I know my journey that I’ve been on now for the last 13 years will never end. Eight months ago my new journey of becoming a digital entrepreneur will allow me the time and financial freedom to pursue my journey of realizing my deeper self and hopefully help others to realize a lifestyle of freedom that’s unique to each of us.

As always…….

I invite you to go to my contact page and drop me a line or two with your thoughts, questions, and suggestions as my journey through attraction, self-awareness, and education continues. All by creation and not competition.

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