The Golden Cave
“There was an old woman who lived in a cave. The outside of the cave looked like any cave made of rock carved in the side of the hill by ancient storms, fallen boulders and branches and vines so thick they nearly covered the entrance. She had little food, or water and felt herself a victim of old age, sickness and welcomed death as her refuge. One day a visitor came from the North to her land. He had traveled all night and with daybreak found her at the stream filling her clay water jug. She complained to him about her plight. She explained how hard it was to climb down the hill to the little stream. She had to make several trips a day and carry small amounts of water because once the big jug was full it was too heavy for her to carry back up the hill. Immediately, the young, robust traveler took her jug and filled it full and brimming over. Joyfully, he carried it back to her cave. Although struggling with the journey home, the old woman was so grateful she said, “I have nothing really, just small scrapes of bread but if you will sit I will heat our water and share the crust with you.” When the man, a great teacher in the guise of an ordinary traveler, entered the cave he immediately saw the brilliance of its shining interior. The interior of the cave was pure gold. They talked and laughed and shared her meager meal and all the while the great teacher showed her the riches she already possessed. (Abridged by Karen E. Patrick from a Tibetan teaching story, author unknown)
Too often we are like the poor old woman who identifies with what is lacking in our lives, our shadows and our suffering. We don’t even know that within us lies a precious and rare source. The Source is already within each of us. We do not create it, make it, awaken it or give birth to it. We are already perfect. Our practice is to become awareness of it. With this type of awareness, the realization of the richness of our natural state is experienced. With this realization we know we are complete. We are no longer seekers. We have found. We realize our true nature is golden and the richness of our lives arise from that. Once our natural state is experienced and we shift our allegiance to that awareness we naturally express who we truly are; joyful, generous and loving. Therefore, our journey is an inward one. We shift our focus from pain and victim consciousness as our identity to knowing and living in the joyful wholeness of all life. There is nothing to run from, hide, fix or heal there is only perfection. Saying this is so easy, being this is our moment to moment practice.
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