Surviving the crap

THE Australian preacher had always wanted to see Mt Everest.
Climbing through the foothills of Nepal, he imagined how the first sight of the massive mountain would affect him. He had waited so long for this moment.
Suddenly, through the mist he glimpsed what must have been the mountain and his heart leapt.
“Everest,” he said out loud.
“No,” said his guide, “Look up.”
The preacher looked up and saw the mighty Everest towering over the suddenly smaller peak he had first seen.
Later, he mused on the spiritual significance of his experience.
So often, he thought, we fail to see the big picture. We believe the mountains we fear or conquer are the only ones that exist.
Eastern philosopher Ram Dass used the mountain analogy to make the same point.
“At some stages in life you will experience a plateau – as if everything had stopped. This is a hard point in the journey. Know that once the process has started it does not stop; it only appears to stop from where you are looking.”
A relationship breaks up and you are devastated. A loved one dies and life seems pointless. A job is lost and everything you have worked for seems lost forever.
The world can seem to stop, but it does not. Somehow, most people can work through the pain, anger and bewilderment to confront the unwelcome message of their vulnerability.
Acceptance of what is, the knowledge that scars on our hearts do not last forever, and courage and patience to wait for what will be, is the best survival advice for life on this rugged planet.

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5 thoughts on “Surviving the crap

  1. Yeahbut……”Later, he mused on the spiritual significance of his experience.
    So often, he thought, we fail to see the big picture. We believe the mountains we fear or conquer are the only ones that exist.”
    From just 200 miles away you couldn’t even see Everest;
    ….from the moon you couldn’t even see the entire Himalayas
    …..and from Voyager I you couldn’t even see the earth….and barely, possibly, only make out the sun.
    etc.

    No doubt the disciples would have been equally awestruck at a glimpse of Mt Ararat
    …let alone Kilimanjaro .
    …and yet they’re accepted as being the source of the secrets of the universe and beyond

    We’re all so insignificant that “spiritual significance” can be ‘found’ anywhere we choose to find it.
    …..except in the reality of things.

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    • Yes, spiritual significance can be found anywhere we choose to find it, but also in the reaity of things, I think, Dabs. It is reality that there is always something beyond our present perception, and always reality that ”this too shall pass.”

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    • I can’t hang around today, but need to disagree on the basis that ‘reality’ is NOT dependent upon subjectivity: perception IS entirely subjective.
      For example. How do you KNOW that ” there is always something beyond our present perception”??

      ….as I’ve asked before ~ When our species becomes extinct will our gods continue to exist?
      …..and how would you know?

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      • Could you deny, Dabs, that at PRESENT we don’t perceive all of reality?

        Of course reality and perception are not the same thing.

        Maybe we can perceive some of reality, maybe not at all, maybe all is illusion, maybe we are all dreaming. I at least will treat my dream as reality, as I think you might yours.

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