Chapter Twenty Eight - “I’m Afraid of Heights, I Might Fall”
And the four prophets made their way back to the narrow trail to trek up and down the jagged mountains. But soon they come to an area of the trail which had been washed away and the drop off was thousands of feet down. But there was still a small ledge that was passable. So the High Priest made it across first and threw a rope back to everyone else waiting to cross. Then the Stranger and the Lama make their way across the very narrow trail while holding onto the rope. Then it was the Apprentice’s turn, and he said: I’m afraid of heights, I’ve never been OK with climbing ropes and scurrying over cliffs.
And the strangers said: Awe yes, you’ve had this fear for a long time. Perhaps it’s time for you to overcome this fear… and perhaps today is the day.
And the Apprentice said: I’m very afraid, I don’t know if I can do it!
And the Stranger said: Yes we know, you’ve been afraid for a long time now, not just of this… but of many other things. Remember everything happens for a reason. How are you to trust God, the Universe, and the One and Only if you can’t trust the three of us? Like a mother tiger carrying her cub, she gently grabs the back of her cubs neck to carry her to safety.
She knows what’s best for the cub and the cub must surrender and allow mother to move her from place to place… where it’s safe. If she doesn’t surrender and trust her mother she will not survive. For their are animals waiting to take advantage of a defenseless cub.
This is also the same process for all of mankind. Mankind must surrender to God, the Universe, and the One and Only, knowing that the growth of his or her soul is always of utmost importance. Knowing whatever they go through, is for their highest good. Sometimes the process can lead to pushing their buttons, and getting people out of their comfort zone to learn valuable lessons. And just like you, most people do not push themselves into scenarios that lead to spiritual growth .
But God, the Universe, and the One and Only knows exactly what we need to grow. And thus we are pushed out of the nest like a young eagle learning to fly. It’s daunting, overwhelming, and creates fear, but it’s the only way we can overcome and become more of who we should be… deep down inside.
And so it is that you will have to trust that we will… not let you fall. That you will have us to guide you, to be here for you every step of the way. And that God, the Universe, and the One and Only knows that you can do this. That you have what it takes to march forth and become powerful and overcome all obstacles.
Remember none of this is done to intentionally to create fear without some grand purpose in mind. Because later in life and in other lives you will need that courage that you are about to create to help others in some way. You can’t see it now, but God, the Universe, and the One and Only knows exactly what will come in the future. And you are being prepared for this purpose… and so all things happen accordingly.
And the Apprentice said: I know this deep down inside, but it’s another thing to really put that into practice in my daily life. It’s like people going to church, to temple, to synagogue or other places of worship and when they walk away… they know exactly what they need to do. They need to love their neighbors as they love the one in the mirror. And if they can't love themselves, how can they love their neighbor? And so it is, that we have so many great trails and tribulations going on in the world. And so it is, that I must love myself and do this task, and thus be able to love others as I love myself.
And with that last word the Apprentice slowly walked across the narrow ledge making it safely to the three prophets waiting on the other side.
And all the prophets looked at one another and gave the Apprentice a group hug. All of them smiling because they were sure the Apprentice was on his way to becoming a full-fledged prophet.
To Be Continued…
Dr. Paul Haider
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