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Always Had It, Always Will

--by Alan Cohen (Dec 17, 2012)


Not this crude leather; luminous beings are we!
- Yoda

What would you do if someone swore that you knew the secret of life and put you on a stage to tell it? The Totally Hidden Video television show set up a hysterical prank on precisely this theme. For the gag, a Federal Express driver was asked to deliver a package to a religious temple (fabricated by the television show). Unknown to the driver, the pranksters had taken a photo of him and replicated it as a painted portrait, depicting the young man dressed in the royal regalia of the fictitious sect.

When the delivery man arrived, the disciples (actors hired by the program) took one look at him and began buzzing excitedly.

They ushered him to the front of the sanctuary and invited him to sit on a plush cushion of honor. Then they revealed to him that he was the chosen one, the long-awaited prophet foretold in their scriptures. To allay any doubts, a servant parted the altar curtain where, lo and behold, hung the majestic portrait of the deliverer, "painted by a visionary centuries ago."

"Please," begged a disciple, "give us some words of wisdom."

The driver surveyed the portrait and looked over the throng of expectant devotees. A hush fell over the assembly. He sat down on the pillow, took a deep breath, and spoke: "Life," the sage explained, "is like a river."

The disciples "oohed" and "aahed" on the heels of his utterance, hanging fervently on every sacred word.

"Sometimes life flows easily, and sometimes you encounter rocks and rapids," the guru illustrated, "but if you hang in there and have faith, you will arrive at the ocean of your dreams."

Again the students swooned with ecstasy. More "oohs" and "aahs." This was indeed the day they had been waiting for!

"Well, that's about it," Swami Fedex curtly concluded, "I have to go now and make some more deliveries."

Reluctantly the devotees rose, bowed reverently, and sheepishly cleared the way for the anointed one. Amid profuse veneration he made his way to the door.

Now here is the amazing postscript to the story: the program played the same trick on several Fedex drivers, each of whom found profound words the moment he sat on the cushion. The invitation to wax profound brought forth the inner wisdom in these unassuming fellows. Deep within our heart, each of us knows the truth. The answers we seek, the power we strive for, and the acknowledgement we attempt to gain, abide inside us. Given the opportunity (being placed on the cushion) or the challenge (being pushed against a wall) we know what we need to know, to do what we need to do.

--Alan Cohen


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On Dec 27, 2012 v wrote:
 . . . and I would embrace you back! 

On Dec 27, 2012 Ganoba wrote:
 I wouldn't say a word. I would open my arms and invite all into a cllective embrace.o

On Dec 24, 2012 a wrote:
Amen!  
Then, as an extension to Lior's shared wisdom, it would be right to say:  All of us created "loveable" need to be loved.  (We have to ask the question of ourselves every day:  "If not me than who? . . . GOD needs OUR help . . . in this, He gives the Great Command . . . go out and love . . . everyday!")
As the saying goes, "If you want a friend, be a friend!" . . . it is too true, "If you want love, be love to another!"
Merry Christmas!  Love has come!    

On Dec 23, 2012 Lior Zandvliet wrote:
If I would be given the privilege to share an inner wisdom I would say that "Just remember that God always loves you , guides you and takes care of you. God loves you and nothing else matters .Remember you are always loveable, no matter what your thoughts and actions are, you are loveable every moment of your life"


On Dec 20, 2012 Tamilyn wrote:
:)

On Dec 19, 2012 Thierry wrote:
I also liked Tamilyn's earnest comment. But I want to go back to the author's edifying TV show. Why be so candid? All was staged from start to finish in that presumed candid show. All the actors were coached, including the Fedex who cooperated enthusiastically because they were part of the show. The 'amazing' postscript was premeditated, written well in advance, packaged, scotched, all ready to be delivered to the candid TV watcher.
Why? Because it's show biz, and show biz  is show biz all the way. All the way creating the illusion of ...ingenuity.
So, what is it our candid author is chattering about?

On Dec 19, 2012 aj wrote:
Tamilyn,
YOU did it!  
Your wisdom shared . . . sometimes, it is "enough" to "just be"!  
Thank you!

On Dec 19, 2012 Thierry wrote:
 On second thought, I am inclined to think that the Fedex have outwitted their pranksters. Albeit unconsciously. they must have felt they were somehow being toyed with  and they more or less consciously accepted the kind of role playing that was expected of them. Anything that is staged, faked, can be somehow perceived by the most  'unassuming fellow'.  
Always had it, always will ...and what if you have been had?
 

On Dec 19, 2012 Thierry wrote:

 I can only suppose that Fedex drivers are reliable professionals with a sturdy common sense. They can't be deluded  for long, by this kind of staging. A less naive person, let's say an ex Fed (agent), would immediately suspect  a prank. But should I be the knowing victim of such a scenario, what could I say that would be adequate to the situation?...'Never Mind'. Never mind the prank, never mind the ridicule, let's play along . The words: 'Never Mind' would come to mind instantly. I am not quite ready to believe the drivers were so unsuspecting. But, not knowing what to make of that crazy situation, they may have responded out of the wish not to deceive the devotees' expectations. Instinctively, they did what was expected of them. And in turn the prankers interpreted the drivers' words in their wishful way. Stage what you want, who wants to prove exceedingly, proves little. &  See full.

 I can only suppose that Fedex drivers are reliable professionals with a sturdy common sense. They can't be deluded  for long, by this kind of staging. A less naive person, let's say an ex Fed (agent), would immediately suspect  a prank. But should I be the knowing victim of such a scenario, what could I say that would be adequate to the situation?...'Never Mind'. Never mind the prank, never mind the ridicule, let's play along . The words: 'Never Mind' would come to mind instantly.
I am not quite ready to believe the drivers were so unsuspecting. But, not knowing what to make of that crazy situation, they may have responded out of the wish not to deceive the devotees' expectations. Instinctively, they did what was expected of them. And in turn the prankers interpreted the drivers' words in their wishful way. Stage what you want, who wants to prove exceedingly, proves little.   
Of course, provided the proper mind frame and training Fedex drivers could make acceptable swamis. But offered with that possibility, I believe they will prefer to go back to their ordinary life, content to deliver, in time, ordinary things to ordinary people. That's sensible enough.

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On Dec 19, 2012 Tamilyn wrote:

My reflection .. i notice 2960 reads and 10 comments and great comments they are :) !!!!!   I cant help but wonder though.....is there others like me ??? i sat here for 15 minutes waiting for something profound enough to be considered my deepest words of wisdom too come to me .. after all i think i am pretty deep and vast in my "wisdom" of life .. i received nothing just the mutterings of my ego.." start a sentence .. erase .. no that is not it , because________( any number of reasons) ..hmmmm " .. i think because i am at home, in my comfort zone and not suddenly called upon like in the story ... my ego and brain were able to take charge and tell me all the reasons why what i had to say to anyone are not deep or wise "enough" ...but in other instances in my life whether it be a friend or a  stranger on my path , i have had the honor of experiences were i have been able to use my "d  See full.

My reflection .. i notice 2960 reads and 10 comments and great comments they are :) !!!!! 

 I cant help but wonder though.....is there others like me ??? i sat here for 15 minutes waiting for something profound enough to be considered my deepest words of wisdom too come to me .. after all i think i am pretty deep and vast in my "wisdom" of life .. i received nothing just the mutterings of my ego.." start a sentence .. erase .. no that is not it , because________( any number of reasons) ..hmmmm " .. i think because i am at home, in my comfort zone and not suddenly called upon like in the story ... my ego and brain were able to take charge and tell me all the reasons why what i had to say to anyone are not deep or wise "enough" ...but in other instances in my life whether it be a friend or a  stranger on my path , i have had the honor of experiences were i have been able to use my "deep wisdom" words automatically ,from somewhere inside of me that is instinctual and knowing .. I am not honestly able to say what i would say unless i was placed in that setting...other then.. The hardest thing in the midst of distractions of fear and trappings of ego is to be ..just be.....  very interesting insightful  "prank" :)

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On Dec 18, 2012 a wrote:

 Ricky is right!  . . . We ALL have words of wisdom to share.  From our "first words" . . . to our last, nuggets of wisdom tucked.   My life experience brings me to these words of wisdom . . .  ~Be yourself ~Celebrate yourself ~Get to know your strengths.  (In these, you'll learn God's plan and purpose for you here on earth.) ~Be O.K. with your weaknesses (God gives us all "thorns" to keep us near Him!  . . . I'm so thankful for mine!)  ~Learn what weaknesses can be turned into strengths in and thru the power of Heaven, HIS HOLY SPIRIT, living in you.   (We may not be able to do things on our own, but . . . WITH Christ . . . all things possible!) ~Do not be afraid.  Whether we live here or there (in Heaven) . . . it's all good.   ~Be open to the sun/Son everyday. ~God is Boss.  No earthly man/woman comes before His truth.  (On Him, I am confident and secure.)   ~Never stop &qu  See full.

 Ricky is right!  . . . We ALL have words of wisdom to share.  From our "first words" . . . to our last, nuggets of wisdom tucked.  
My life experience brings me to these words of wisdom . . . 
~Be yourself
~Celebrate yourself
~Get to know your strengths.  (In these, you'll learn God's plan and purpose for you here on earth.)
~Be O.K. with your weaknesses (God gives us all "thorns" to keep us near Him!  . . . I'm so thankful for mine!) 
~Learn what weaknesses can be turned into strengths in and thru the power of Heaven, HIS HOLY SPIRIT, living in you.   (We may not be able to do things on our own, but . . . WITH Christ . . . all things possible!)
~Do not be afraid.  Whether we live here or there (in Heaven) . . . it's all good.  
~Be open to the sun/Son everyday.
~God is Boss.  No earthly man/woman comes before His truth.  (On Him, I am confident and secure.)  
~Never stop "speaking".  Someone is listening.
~Take care of and celebrate OTHERS!
~Love, time, respect, kindness, an ear . . . the BEST GIFTS you can give.
~Listen to "your children" . . . wisdom everywhere and in everyone . . . because God there!  
 ~There is NO > (greater than) or < (less than) among us . . . there is only = (equal to)!  (Giving one one reason to
boast!)
   I love you!

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On Dec 18, 2012 Cindy wrote:
 Love!  Love is the answer...unselfish, pure love.  The kind of innocent love of a toddler.  A trusting love.  The kind of love of a pet when it sees its master.  A vibrating love so powerful bodies shake and tails wag. True, unadulterated love of self, others, life.

On Dec 18, 2012 Ricky wrote:

First of all, kudos to each of the comments already submitted. A wonderful read for today to be sure! Second, the article submission itself is a profound and insightful piece.  Welcome to high school teaching.  Teachers are put on the spot every minute (sans the cushion and the painting and actually the rapt attention!)  And, lastly, I am reminded of a particular statement (paraphrased) from steps about affective listening; do not focus on the speaker, but on what's being said-the words themselves. We each have words of wisdom to share.  In many ways, it's our purpose to share what we learn from our unrepeatable experiences that help shape who we are, which is a one of a kind.  We are to make our time here meaningful and to help leave this glorious experience in an enhanced way focusing on service for others.  We share insights as a manner of everyday conversation in the effort to inspire others into ac  See full.

First of all, kudos to each of the comments already submitted. A wonderful read for today to be sure!
Second, the article submission itself is a profound and insightful piece.  Welcome to high school teaching.  Teachers are put on the spot every minute (sans the cushion and the painting and actually the rapt attention!)  And, lastly, I am reminded of a particular statement (paraphrased) from steps about affective listening; do not focus on the speaker, but on what's being said-the words themselves.

We each have words of wisdom to share.  In many ways, it's our purpose to share what we learn from our unrepeatable experiences that help shape who we are, which is a one of a kind.  We are to make our time here meaningful and to help leave this glorious experience in an enhanced way focusing on service for others.  We share insights as a manner of everyday conversation in the effort to inspire others into actions that are reflective of the care we can show for fellow human beings, the environment, and even the every day to do list, and our friends endure this all the time!  We share, sending the vibrations of the spoken or written word out, and then need to put down the burden we self-impose about how it is to be received.  What a wonderful anecdote by the driver to just be again focused on the task at hand and let go of the quotable and brilliant insight!  It makes me smile.


    

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On Dec 17, 2012 Narendra wrote:

 Imagine this prank were played on you - what would your deepest words of wisdom be? ‘Don’t be intimidated by your mind and emotions’. Implement love as a way of life with courage. When receiving the honor that the drivers received, how do we also keep our awareness ‘that deliveries have to be made’, and avoid getting trapped by the attention we get? If we remember at all times, that we are all searching for love as happiness and make common mistakes during the search, and that we are all already connect through a common field of universal love and consciousness, we will be less inclined to being caught up in the drama of our emotions and ego, and we will remember to responsible by ‘making our deliveries’ with love. Can you share a personal story of a time when you were expected to share your deepest wisdom, and what arose in response? One of the best expressions of my ‘deepest wisdom’ has been this forum on ‘Wednesdays&r  See full.

 Imagine this prank were played on you - what would your deepest words of wisdom be? ‘Don’t be intimidated by your mind and emotions’. Implement love as a way of life with courage. When receiving the honor that the drivers received, how do we also keep our awareness ‘that deliveries have to be made’, and avoid getting trapped by the attention we get? If we remember at all times, that we are all searching for love as happiness and make common mistakes during the search, and that we are all already connect through a common field of universal love and consciousness, we will be less inclined to being caught up in the drama of our emotions and ego, and we will remember to responsible by ‘making our deliveries’ with love. Can you share a personal story of a time when you were expected to share your deepest wisdom, and what arose in response? One of the best expressions of my ‘deepest wisdom’ has been this forum on ‘Wednesdays’. The selection of articles, the questions and some of the answers stimulate very practical and good thoughts in me. As the author says, wisdom is in everyone, if we look inside.

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On Dec 17, 2012 LM wrote:

With the internal (and external) disturbances I have been going through these past few weeks, I was thinking I would have nothing to say when I read this week's passage. All of a sudden, a couple of comments were added to a previous Awakin reading - 'A Whole New Dimension of Love' and I received a message because I had previously commented there. Out of curiosity, I re-read the article, the new comments, and some old ones - when I came across my own comment. Reading it suddenly gave me a new perspective, and not in an intellectual way. It opened my heart and lifted a burden off me, as if a good friend had sat next to me and listened with love. The part of that comment that resonated today: "...when we respect each other's journey and hold to to something within us and not outside us. Then we can truly let go. If we are truly happy and satisfied with what is within us (or our seeking is purely internal), then we interact with others to know their journeys, see paral  See full.

With the internal (and external) disturbances I have been going through these past few weeks, I was thinking I would have nothing to say when I read this week's passage. All of a sudden, a couple of comments were added to a previous Awakin reading - 'A Whole New Dimension of Love' and I received a message because I had previously commented there. Out of curiosity, I re-read the article, the new comments, and some old ones - when I came across my own comment. Reading it suddenly gave me a new perspective, and not in an intellectual way. It opened my heart and lifted a burden off me, as if a good friend had sat next to me and listened with love. The part of that comment that resonated today: "...when we respect each other's journey and hold to to something within us and not outside us. Then we can truly let go. If we are truly happy and satisfied with what is within us (or our seeking is purely internal), then we interact with others to know their journeys, see parallels between our paths; and see how we can help them. Then, when we seek joy in our contributions to/sharing with others..."  While it does not immediately solve my problems, it gives me lightness of heart and some clarity. I do wonder, though, if I have digested it fully (or it would not have struck me so forcefully :) ) or if it would have been the same 'words of wisdom' that I would have said at any other point in time! 

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On Dec 16, 2012 david doane wrote:

 The words of wisdom that mean very much to me are that we are all one.  We are each different expressions of Being, of one Source, but we are not separate, we are one.  That we be kind and compassionate to one another follows naturally.  To love your neighbor as yourself is not a mandate to live up to but a fact of life because my neighbor is myself.  The Golden Rule to do to your neighbor as you would have him do unto you is not a rule, it's a fact of life because my neighbor is myself.  When I am kind to the other, I am kind to myself.  When I hurt another, I hurt myself.  We are one.  We keep awareness that 'deliveries have to be made' by doing our various duties in life while also keeping in mind and living out that we are one.  We live on more than one level -- we are to live in the world of duties without being consumed by it and not forgetting that we are one.  As I grow in the words of wisdom that we are one an  See full.

 The words of wisdom that mean very much to me are that we are all one.  We are each different expressions of Being, of one Source, but we are not separate, we are one.  That we be kind and compassionate to one another follows naturally.  To love your neighbor as yourself is not a mandate to live up to but a fact of life because my neighbor is myself.  The Golden Rule to do to your neighbor as you would have him do unto you is not a rule, it's a fact of life because my neighbor is myself.  When I am kind to the other, I am kind to myself.  When I hurt another, I hurt myself.  We are one.  We keep awareness that 'deliveries have to be made' by doing our various duties in life while also keeping in mind and living out that we are one.  We live on more than one level -- we are to live in the world of duties without being consumed by it and not forgetting that we are one.  As I grow in the words of wisdom that we are one and have the courage to share those words, I find myself being more kind and I find others being receptive to the message.  The response that is important to arise in me and others is to live those words and make them a way of living. 

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On Dec 14, 2012 navin sata wrote:
This Reminded me old "song answer is my dear blowing in the Wind, all we are is dust in the wind". sea ask river how long will you keep coming to my salty water river replied  I will keep coming until you become sweet.yes answer is within each one of us.in material world we all wear many mask we need to remove our mask then truth shine always love navin

On Dec 14, 2012 Conrad P. Pritscher wrote:

 My first impression is that it is a prank or something like candid camera. Going along with the prank I would say something like: "Deep within your heart, each of us knows the truth.  The answers we see, the power we strive for, and the acknowledgment we attempt to gain, abide inside you."  You do not need others to tell you what is good and what is not good.  You already know. I would then say something like: "We are not drops in the ocean.  We are the ocean made of drops."   I would then say ordinary living is already sacred and the sacred is no more than ordinary living.  I would then say, when we are peaceful we have the right values.  When we have  right values, we have the right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and my right concentration.  I would also mention as Gandhi said: "There is no way to peace.  Peace is the way.  See full.

 My first impression is that it is a prank or something like candid camera. Going along with the prank I would say something like: "Deep within your heart, each of us knows the truth.  The answers we see, the power we strive for, and the acknowledgment we attempt to gain, abide inside you."  You do not need others to tell you what is good and what is not good.  You already know. I would then say something like: "We are not drops in the ocean.  We are the ocean made of drops."   I would then say ordinary living is already sacred and the sacred is no more than ordinary living.  I would then say, when we are peaceful we have the right values.  When we have  right values, we have the right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and my right concentration.  I would also mention as Gandhi said: "There is no way to peace.  Peace is the way."  I would probably also mention that "kindness is the highest form of wisdom and when we realize that we are wise."  I have just been asked to share my deepest wisdom and what arose  appears above, and I notice that my thinking is heavily influenced by Gandhi, the Buddha, Christ, Mohamed, and all kind and peaceful people, especially the group@ServiceSpace.org.
Warm and kind regards to everyone

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On Dec 14, 2012 Conrad P. Pritscher wrote:

 My first impression is that it is a prank or something like candid camera. Going along with the prank I would say something like: "Deep within your heart, each of us knows the truth.  The answers we see, the power we strive for, and the acknowledgment we attempt to gain, abide inside you."  You do not need others to tell you what is good and what is not good.  You already know. I would then say something like: "We are not drops in the ocean.  We are the ocean made of drops."   I would then say ordinary living is already sacred and the sacred is no more than ordinary living.  I would then say, when we are peaceful we have the right values.  When we have  right values, we have the right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and my right concentration.  I would also mention as Gandhi said: "There is no way to peace.  Peace is the way.  See full.

 My first impression is that it is a prank or something like candid camera. Going along with the prank I would say something like: "Deep within your heart, each of us knows the truth.  The answers we see, the power we strive for, and the acknowledgment we attempt to gain, abide inside you."  You do not need others to tell you what is good and what is not good.  You already know. I would then say something like: "We are not drops in the ocean.  We are the ocean made of drops."   I would then say ordinary living is already sacred and the sacred is no more than ordinary living.  I would then say, when we are peaceful we have the right values.  When we have  right values, we have the right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and my right concentration.  I would also mention as Gandhi said: "There is no way to peace.  Peace is the way."  I would probably also mention that "kindness is the highest form of wisdom and when we realize that we are wise."  I have just been asked to share my deepest wisdom and what arose  appears above, and I notice that my thinking is heavily influenced by Gandhi, the Buddha, Christ, Mohamed, and all kind and peaceful people, especially the group@ServiceSpace.org.
Warm and kind regards to everyone

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