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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Since I can’t think too straight for reasons I’ll try to discuss tomorrow, I’d like to share this story/parable I’ve seen over the years. This version comes from Rob Brezsny’s visonary and interactive book, Pronoia Is The Antidote for Paranoia. He calls it, “Drowning in Love”:

The sage and her student were standing by a pool discussing longing and ambition.

“What do you want more than anthing else?” the sage asked.

“To perfect my ability to love all of creation the way I love myself, ” the young man replied.

At that moment, the sage tackled the student and shoved his head beneath the water. Accustomed to letting his teacher shape the unpredictable contours of his education, he did not resist.

One minute went by. Then another. The student began to struggle and kick. His teacher was strong.

Finally, she released her grip and the student surfaced, fighting for breath.

“What did you want more than anything else during these last few minutes?” the sage inquired.

“Nothing else was in my mind except the desire for air, ” gasped the student.

“Excellent, ” beamed the sage. “As soon as you are equally single-minded in your desire to perfect your ability to love all of creation the way you love yourself, you will achieve you goal.”

Maybe we need to find a way to focus our deepest desire to perfect our ability to be one with each other and to heal ourselves and the planet and then, we can achieve our goal. You in ?

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