The last part of the Eleventh Chapter of Noipap A Soul Story
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-I want you to imagine you’re in your room, the window is open and the wind is blowing, so that the room is soaked through by an air stream. You’re trying to light a scented stick, but once you take the flame away from it, it burns a little and it dies. Now I want you to open your eyes and tell me why is it that the stick keeps dying.
-It’s very simple, because of the wind and because the flame is too small.
-You’re right. Now please close your eyes again and imagine an oak forest with a tree burning right in the middle of it. And when it burns in full swing the wind starts blowing really hard. Now, tell me please, do you think the fire is going to be put out? asked the lady butterfly.
-Definitely not, the wind will do nothing but spread the fire.
-All right, and if the wind changes direction, will it put out the fire?
-No, on the contrary, it will spread it to the surroundings, and the entire forest may catch on the fire.
-The flame of the scented stick is you, and the wind doesn’t have to concern you. If your flame becomes that of an oak, then stronger the wind, the greater you’ll become.”
A Soul Story
To be continued
As I Began to Love Myself
by Charlie Chaplin
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody. As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.
Today I call it RESPECT.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it MATURITY.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE.
As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.
Today I call it SIMPLICITY.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT.
As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others.
Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.
Today I know that this LIFE.
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film.
Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona “the Tramp” and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.
His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.
Some words and a story
After a hard day that was meant to change Papion’s life, he didn’t tell the butterfly a thing about what had happened, but asked her:
-Airam, how can I change myself, when I’m so afraid of losing what I have? How can I express myself to the others when they don’t understand me?
-Let’s take your questions one at a time, starting with the fear of losing. If you’re really satisfied with your life, there’s nothing to change.
You should go ahead with what are you doing!
If, however, you are dissatisfied with what you have and you want to change something, how can you be afraid to lose something you don’t like? So rather than assume certain risks, you prefer to accept a life of discontent?!?
As for the fear of losing, let’s imagine a thirsty man in the desert.
He carries a water container that’s so rotten that the interior walls are filmed with greenish bacteria. Outside it has been raining for some time. Just sitting with his mouth open, he fails to swallow enough water to quench his thirst. Because of his fear of running out of the water he carries, he refuses to spill it and he keeps the lid closed. During this time he wishes for a cup of clean water so much, and he keeps hoping that one will show up… but nothing. Instead, he keeps his mouth open, allowing the raindrops to enter, but he doesn’t manage to appease his thirst.
If he wants fate to smile at him, wouldn’t it be better to understand that it is unlikely for a clean cup of water to appear out of nowhere? Wouldn’t it be easier to empty the one he is carrying, rinse it clean, and let the rain fill it? asked the beautiful lady butterfly.
-Yes, of course, he’d do that, the last fool would do that! No one would hold the lid closed, keeping water that doesn’t serve them anymore, Papion answered. -You know, the one who is afraid that the rain might stop, the one who doesn’t know how long the rain in the desert lasts, the one who doesn’t understand that at that moment the rain is his salvation wouldn’t give up the water in his container! -Okay… but I was talking about life in general.
-And I tell you: Your life is like a container, and you are not satisfied with the contents!! You need to open the lid—that is, to open your mind and remove from your life everything that harms you, and make room for everything you want! You see, we’ve got the wrong idea about what it means to give up. We don’t understand that when we take responsibility for giving something up, we’re just making space for better things that life can offer us!
-And if one aims too high? If his aspirations are really high?
-It doesn’t matter how high you aim, it matters that you understand that in order to succeed, you need lots of practice!! Only if you continue to improve yourself will you succeed! But you need to keep trying until the day you make it!
-All right, but how about waiting for a time when you’re more prepared?
-The best moment to do something with your life is NOW!!! You can’t just sit around and wait for things to change. Inaction is the worst thing for someone who is not satisfied with his life!
I recently received a box with a Tibetan talisman from a dear friend. An image of Buddha and a lotus flower were painted on the box, along with this statement: “ There is nothing more constant in life than change.”
Dear Papion, I really think that life is constantly changing and it all depends on your choices. After all, everything is a choice!
In this moment, you choose to listen to me or not.
You choose whether to act or not!
So remember: Don’t believe everything will remain the same if you do nothing; on the contrary, life goes on! It’s up to you to determine whether your life will be as you wish, or if you will live forever with emptiness because you won’t consider your feelings, your dreams, and what you can become.
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A SUNDAY MORNING, the little Rosan was taken to the circus by his father. Throughout the show he was pleasantly surprised by almost all the acts and acrobatics, both the circus men and the animals. But when he got out of the circus yard, next to a tent, he saw the enormous elephant standing sadly. On the neck of this great creature a rope was hanging attached to the ground by a simple wooden stake.
– Daddy, daddy!! the child said. Why does the elephant look sad?
– Because it’s captive son, and its place is out there, away from these hills, in the wild.
– And then… why doesn’t it go?
– Because it’s tied up, son!
– Daddy, daddy! But it’s tied up to a small wooden stake. With force it must have, it would surely break it in a minute!
– I think so, too, son. The father said, smiling.
– But then why doesn’t it escape, dad?!
– That, my son, I don’t know.
All day long the child asked everyone why doesn’t the elephant release itself, having everything it needs to succeed.
From his playground friends to the uncles, aunts, grandparents and all the other mature people he met that day. But no one knew the answer to his question.
In the evening before supper, the father found his child standing alone in the garden, looking far away, where the animals live freely.
– You’re still thinking about the elephant, son?
Yes and no… I was thinking rather about my stupid question, that there is no answer for.
– My dear, there is no such thing as stupid questions, nor questions without an answer!
So he took him in his arms, he let his wife know they were going to be a little late for dinner, and they left. On the same way they had walked in the morning to the circus, his father looked at him and said:
– If there are questions that keep coming back in your mind and you can’t find an answer, that does not mean they don’t have one, but maybe you aren’t looking for them in the right place.
Getting to the circus, they found a man sweeping the yard, and the father told the child:
– Look, there’s a man you can ask.
– But dad, we came up here to ask an animal keeper of the circus when even grandpa, who is a doctor, didn’t know the answer?
– Son, never underestimate the wisdom of a man, and, more than that, do not let your mind be closed by the illusion of what you think you see. You see just a keeper… I see instead an old man who has spent a lifetime in the circus! In my opinion, he knows more about these animals than your grandfather might know, just like grandpa knows more about healing people than we do.
Everyone in this world knows something more than another, and no man knows everything. Now go and ask him, and see if I’m right.
A few minutes later, the child returned to his father and thanked him for the lesson of life. The father replied:
– Now, if you found out, it’s your turn to teach me why the elephant does not escape.Å
The child told him what he had just heard from the old man with the broom.
Dad, it seems that the elephant tried to escape since day one, but he was too small and the stake was then too big. After a year it kept trying to escape, but the rope and the stake were too strong for him. It seems that
he understood then that it was impossible to get away. And it really was, when he was small…
Meanwhile, the elephant grew but no one told him he was now strong enough to break free.
– You see, son, I want you to remember this day and what you learned today when you grow up. And remember that, if now there is something you can’t do, that doesn’t mean that over time you will not be able to do it. If you wish for something you have to try until you succeed. For there is no unattainable desire but only strong or temporary desires. Now let’s go home to teach those who will want to hear what you’ve just learned.
1 Inspired by CONTEMPORARY LEGEND , The elephant and the rope.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
After the bamboo seed is planted, you don’t see anything for approximately five years, other than a tiny shoot.
All of its growth happens underground; a complex root system that extends vertically and horizontally in the earth begins to form.
At the end of the fifth year, the Chinese bamboo grows until it is approximately 25 meters tall.
Many things in life, personal and professional, are like the Chinese bamboo.
You work, invest time, energy, do everything possible to nurture your growth and, sometimes, you don’t see anything for weeks, months or even years.
But if you have the patience to keep working, to keep persisting and nurturing, your fifth year will arrive and with it will come changes that you hadn’t even dreamed of.
Remember that one must be very daring to reach great heights, and at the same time, a lot of depth to stay grounded.