The Hot, Dry, Dusty Valley

February 5, 2009

Today we will hear a metaphor that I first came across about twenty five years ago.  It is something that I heard Vernon Howard say and it has stuck with me since then.

 

Vernon Howard

I have mentioned Vernon Howard on this site several times.  He was a self described mystic.  I have frequently mentioned the book “The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power”.  It has helped me tremendously over the years.

 

When I was living in Arizona I had the opportunity to hear Vernon Howard.  He used to teach every Sunday morning in Boulder City, Nevada.  He taught the following metaphor the time I was able to attend his meeting.

 

The Hot, Dry, Dusty Valley

This is a metaphor that is intended to help those of us who get frustrated while trying to share and explain our spirituality.

 

We start with a man standing beside a road.  He is facing a never ending throng of people who are shuffling along the road with their heads down.  The man is standing at a point where a small path branches off from the main road and goes up into the mountains that are nearby.

 

The man stands there and quietly talks to the people as they shuffle by with their heads down.  Quietly he explains to them that if they stay on the road they will go down into a hot, dry, and very dusty valley.  He urges everyone to take the small path.  He tells them that the small path will lead them up to a beautiful and cool mountain valley that contains a crystal clear spring of cool water.

 

The metaphor is that the man by the side of the road is attempting to share his spiritual understanding with those who are going by.  He is unable to reach most of those going by because, unfortunately, most of the people continue on into the hot valley.

 

However, every once in awhile someone will listen to his advice and goes up the mountain.  He knows that he will never see them again because once they have gotten to the beautiful valley they will not want to go anywhere else.  The man is happy because he knows that he is doing everything he can to help those going by him.  He can offer his advice, but he cannot make them turn onto the path to the cool valley.  This man is content.

 

The greatest reward comes on very rare occasions.  On these occasions someone who has actually gone down into the hot and dry valley comes walking back up the road past all the people going down into that valley.  This person looks at the quiet man and says “You know, you were right – I really did not want to go down into that hot and dry valley.”  Then that person walks up the small path to the peaceful valley.

 

The quiet man smiles and realizes that his efforts were worthwhile after all.

 

Please remember this metaphor the next time you get frustrated that you cannot seem to find anyone who understands you spirituality.  Imagine yourself standing by the side of the road and quietly telling people that they really do not want to go down into the hot, dry, and dusty valley.  You really can do no more.  The rest is up to them.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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We Teach Best What We Need to Learn Most

January 8, 2009

This is another one of those wise sayings that has helped me on my journey.  As with most of these adages, it has taken me a bit of time to understand it.  Today I will share with you some of the understanding that I have taken from this saying.

 

We exist to learn and share

We have stated many times on this site that the reason that we exist is to learn and grow and to share our learning with each other.  Next, we bring into consideration that all of our lessons are chosen by true self.

 

Whether or not we realize it, our lessons during each lifetime are those that true self has decided are the most important for that particular lifetime.  Sometimes we do our learning in a formal setting such as in school.  Most of the time our learning and sharing is achieved simply by living our life.  The learning and sharing becomes a natural part of our life.

 

Don’t we have to know something before we teach it?

Well, it helps to know about something before we teach about it – but we don’t have to know everything about it.  In actuality, we can never know everything about something, so when we teach it we are teaching the part that we know about.

 

Let’s use teaching history as an example.  Can anyone know everything there is to know about history?  No – they can know a lot about history in general, but usually those who are experts on history are specialists in certain areas of history.

 

One may know American history and possess a specialty in the Civil War era.  Will this person be an expert on early railroad history of the 1840’s?  Probably not.  Could they teach about early railroad history of the 1840’s?  Sure – if they studied up on the material.  Would they be an expert on this area?  No – but they could teach others who were just beginning their study of this area.

 

How does this apply to our spiritual learning?

Just like the teacher of history, we are constantly called on to be an example of things that we are still learning our selves.  However, when we teach something that we are just learning we often discover a connection to our special area of interest.  Teaching something new frequently helps us put together pieces that we would not otherwise have found.

 

In our history example, learning about railroads in America in the 1840’s helps with a greater understanding of the economics during the civil war.  It helps to understand that the northern forces had many more railroads than the southern forces.

 

Our spiritual learning is very similar.  We are offered many opportunities to learn new aspects of our spirituality.  We are also offered many opportunities to teach our spirituality.  When we are in the moment we learn that our teaching helps in our learning.  Conversely, our learning also helps in our teaching.

 

What could be more simple – we teach best that which we need to learn most simply because the reason we exist is to learn and share.  Learning and teaching are as natural to our spirituality as breathing is to our body.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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