Monday, June 22, 2015

Who you are in a nutshell

There was a man who lived some years ago.  This man was quite ordinary in the normal scheme of things, but he was moved by a very powerful force to marry a particular woman.  He pursued her with all that was in him, and eventually won her heart.  They married and had a son.  While this son was growing into manhood, another woman cast her eyes on yet another man.  Don't let all these men confuse you; there is a point to the story of the lives of these very diverse people.  This woman was full of wiles and eventually she snared her man, again obeying a force that was powerful and imperative. They married and had a daughter. These two people, the son of the one couple and the daughter of the other, you know as your parents.  The powerful force drawing these six diverse people together into what you know as your family was YOU.  You needed certain genes, a particular type of body, economic strata, a town, a nation, a world at this particular stage of development, and a finely orchestrated set of circum­stances in which to grow from babe to adulthood.  With this in mind, you called out to these seemingly diverse people, bound them into a cohesive structure, to provide you with what you needed to be the who you are at this particular moment.  The memories you have, the bents and proclivities that are so uniquely your own, were all intended from the very start of your stay on this planet.  You were, and are, the intender of these grand events. Even the color of your eyes was intended. 

Meanwhile in the broad sweep of history, ships had to be built, airplanes constructed, families migrate, people die, houses burn, earthquakes and storms sweep lands and sea, governors elected, presidents die, nations formed, slaves bought and sold, and many crops harvested; all to provide you with the particular world in which to play out your life.  All of this had to happen in time and space for you to be here; and for you to get a glimpse of, and understand, the very powerful forces at work in your life.  It is no accident that you are reading this book.  Life has been calling you to fulfill the noble patterns you set in motion eons ago for this time in the cycles of the universe.  That is a small measure of who you are.  Ultimately you will discover that you are even more grand than even this short list of attributes ascribed to your soul and its thrust to manifest its beauty and the glory of love available on this planet we call earth.

I bet you were thinking that you are just a human being, with many frailties, who had no great role to play in the grand scheme of things.  Ah, but you are not.  You are a being so vital, that mountains had to be moved to provide you with just the right vehicle for what you are capable of expressing.  No other human being on the face of this earth is able to express the grandeur of life the way you can, because you are extremely unique.  This is not a testament to your ego, as in no way does the forgoing imply specialness in the usual sense of that word.  But it is, and remains, the truth about you.  There have been many movies and books which have taken up this theme about the value of one human being, and how the world would not be the same without that particular human being.  They are only the tip of a very big iceberg.  It is true of every human being on the face of this earth.  Every one of us is so vital that without anyone the whole thing as we know it would collapse and a whole new universe created to accommodate such an important absence. The Great Creator in infinite wisdom deemed it so, and for that we can all be very grateful.

(Excerpted from one of my books... not sure if it is published)