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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2003 12:03 pm 
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....Relationships are sacred. They are the most important aspects of our lives, because it is through them that we express and experience aho we are and who we choose to be in our lifetimes. And no I am not talking about relationships with people only. But relationships with everything, everywhere. Our relationship with Life and all the elements of Life. Our relationships with trees, plants, animals, birds, wind , air, sky and sea. Our relationship with nature and our relationship with God. The following very profound extract is taken from the book, The Friendship with God - an uncommon dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch, to elucidate the importance of relationships in our life. Enjoy!!

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THE PARABLE OF WHITENESS
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Imagine that you are in a white room, with white walls, white floor, white ceiling, no corners. Imagine that you are suspended in this space by some invisible force. You are dangling there in mid-air. You cannot touch anything, you cannot hear anything, and all you see is whiteness. How long do you think that you will "exist" in this experience?

Not very long. You'd exist there, without knowing much about yourself. And pretty soon, you'd go out of your mind. Actually that's exactly what would happen, you would literally leave your mind. Your mind is the part of you that is assigned the task of making sense out of all incoming data, and without any data incoming, your mind has nothing to do.

Now the moment you go out of the mind, you cease to exist in your own experience. That is cease to know anything in particular about yourself.

Are you big? Are you small? You cannot know, because there is nothing outside of yourself with which to compare yourself.

Are you good? Are you evil? You cannot know. Are you even here? You cannot know, because there is nothing over there.

You cannot know anything about yourself in your own experience. You can conceptualise it all you want, but you cannot experience it.

Then something happens to change all this. There appears a tiny dot on the wall. It's as if someone has come along with a fountain pen and squirted a tiny dot of ink. Nobody knows how the dot actually got there, but it doesn't matter, because the dot has saved you.

Now, there is something else. There is You, and there is The Dot On The Wall. Suddenly, you can make some decisions again, you have some experiences again. The dot is over there. That means you must be over here. The dot is smallerthan you. You are bigger than it. You are starting to define yourself again - in relationship to the Dot On The Wall.

Your relationship with the dot becomes sacred, because it has given you back a sense of your Self.

Now a kitten appears in the room. You don't know who is doing this, who is causing all this to happen, but you are grateful, because now more decisions can be made. The kitten appears softer. But you appear smarter(at least, part of the time!) It is faster. You are stronger.

More things begin appearing in the room, and you begin to expand your definition of Self. Then it dawns on you. Only in the presence of something else can you know yourself. This something else is that which you are not. Thus in the In the absence of that which You Are Not, that which You Are... is not.

You have remembered an enormous truth, and you vow never to forget it again. You welcome every other person, place, and thing in your life with open arms. You reject none of it, because you see now that all that appears in your life is a blessing, presenting you with greater opportunity to define who you are, and to know yourself as that.

Moral of the Parable: " Bad things are not the worst things that can happen to us. 'NOTHING' is the worst thing that can happen to us."

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much love, light and laughter,
ananya.

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all i can say is Wow..

Excelent insight

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2003 2:05 pm 
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The fabulous Anais Nin must be right, “We do not see things as they are but rather as we are.”

I could repeat the parable of the whiting...

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