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Childhood Story

An Interesting Exercise That Can Answer Some of Your Most Important Questions. For Me the Answer Was to Take Action.

Date:   10/31/2005 11:17:18 PM   ( 17 y ) ... viewed 3046 times

Several weeks ago I was at a spiritual meeting that I attend once a week. We were guided to use an exercise that I thought was really interesting and effective. The exercise started with everyone writing down their most important question on an index card. Once this was done, each person in the room was asked to recall one of their favorite stories, nursery rhymes or books from childhood. You were to pick whichever one came to mind first and then recount the story to the entire group. The emphasis was not on making sure you recalled all the particulars and in the right order. Instead, it was more a matter of what you remembered of the story and how you told it. What I realized as we went around the room and people spoke was that the story they were recounting had a lot to do with the question they asked. Somewhere within the retelling of that story lay either the answer itself or a clue to the answer. By the time it came to my turn, I already knew my answer which was so fascinating. I was amazed at how well it worked. The other interesting part for me was that the answer to my question just happened to be the lesson I was learning on my own that week. This wound up being a wonderful confirmation of what I had already learned.

So to give you an idea of how this actually works, I will use myself as an example. The general question I asked was: how can I ensure that that my choice to receive joy, love, health and abundance is manifested in my life? I then threw on a rider to that question which was: If there are any blocks preventing their manifestation what are they? This seemed like the most important question to meat the time so I figured what the heck might as well ask it. Wouldn’t it be great to get an answer to this one. After writing down my questions on an index card I then began to think of a childhood story that I liked and could remember. Instantly the story of the Sword in the Stone came to mind. Not only did I recall the story but I can remember that as a child we had a golden book version of the story and I developed an actual image of the book cover in my mind. So when it came time, I started to recount the story to the entire room. As I recalled, this was the story of a meager, unnoticed and underestimated young boy who had an inner strength and desire to prove himself. One day he goes up to the sword in the stone which could not be pulled out by the mightiest of the knights of the realm and with all his strength he unleashes the sword from the stone and becomes king of the land. The story then goes on of course where the young Arthur is taught by Merlin the great and wise wizard. I also happened to love wizards and wanted to be one when I was a child so that was another reason I liked the story, but it was really the first part that was the most significant.

As I was thinking about the story and the details I recalled, I realized that the answer to my question was simply: pull the sword from the stone. In essence it was a message of taking action. Don’t just wait for the sword to come to you because it most likely will not. Therefore it is not only important to have positive intentions and thoughts, but you must reinforce those thoughts and intentions with action. And apparently in most instances it was the action part that I was having difficulty with. At least this was what I had realized a day or so before the meeting. I was spending too much time waiting for things to come to me rather than taking action and creating new opportunities along with the universe.

To give a little background information I should say that this year I decided to leave my job of six years in the legal field. I had finally decided that I had stayed way too long and it was time to move on. I didn’t even wait to find another job. I just knew I had to get out of there and fast. The stresses of the job and of life were hitting me like a ton of bricks and my body, mind and spirit were not happy and were not going to take the abuse anymore. Unusual for me at the time, I decided to listen and I quit. Eventually the spring months rolled into summer and I took a lot of time to soul search and improve my overall health. Although, I did say to myself that once summer was over it was time to get back to work and leave the full time leisure life behind. During this time I had also made the decision that it was time for me to pursue my passions in life, namely, painting and photography. My existence in the non-creative legal field had been difficult and almost unrewarding. The only part that brought me joy was the wonderful interaction with my co-workers and clients. Several of my clients who were extremely ill and dying happened to be some of the nicest and most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and for that I will forever be thankful. But I realized that I wanted greater joy in my life and what better way to do that then to do what I love.

So when summer was over, I got my resume together and started looking for that next greatest thing which for me was either a job in the graphic design or photography fields. I searched online and in the paper and sent a couple of resumes out. But I became increasingly more frustrated and impatient as time went on. I needed to get back into the swing of things and nothing was happening even with my holding the most positive of intentions. Finally I decided that no matter what I needed to take action. And so I looked once again in the paper with the hopes of finding something. At this point it didn’t matter. I was looking for anything. I then came across several advertisements for temporary retail/sales jobs. I figured what the heck that sounds pretty good. So in the spirit of taking action, I sent in my resume. I then went for the interview and got the job. What I was most pleased with was not necessarily the job itself but the feeling I had once I took action. The frustration was gone. And boy was I glad. Rolling around in a bag of frustration is no fun. Trust me. Although, I am sure everyone can relate. But the amazing part was that my taking action wiped all of that away.

When it came to the night of the meeting and my message was to pull the sword out of the stone, I knew I had made the right choice. It was all about taking action. In order to move beyond the norm and move beyond merely surviving, we must engage life through action. By taking action we are showing the universe that we are open to receiveing and experiencing new and wonderful opportunities and of course the universe is more than happy to co-create those opportunities with us. Now the job I took is only temporary so eventually I will have to come back to the decision of what’s next, but the fact remains that I do not yet know what opportunities I have now created for myself by taking action. This temporary job may open up whole new avenues for me or it may just hold me over until the next great thing comes along. This is all just part of the mystery and wonder of the human experience we are all having. But at least now I have realized that this human experience is much more rewarding when you are ready and willing to take action. So let’s each of us take action and pull the sword out of the stone. Isn’t it time we recognized the king Arthur within each of us and receive the rewards and splendors of being king. As Mel Brooks says in the movie History of the World: Part 2: “It’s good to be the king”.

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