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A story about a King and Cabbage, continued…

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(continued from yesterday…)

The farmer lifted the lid to expose one thick slice of steamed cabbage, steamed perfectly. It was the most simple of dishes, but at this moment, that cabbage was as precious as the world to the king.

As the king bit into this pure, plain, and simple cabbage, nothing in his life had ever tasted so good. His senses came alive, as he felt once again the intense pleasure of taste, and smell, and texture. The king was so overjoyed he made the poor farmer a rich man.

This king had dulled his senses through over indulgence. Even though he had the best foods, eating had turned into something he did routinely day after day, something he just took for granted, instead of experiencing the quality and care of what was prepared for him. As a result, he had no appreciation for this aspect of his life, no gratitude, no pleasure. Even the tangiest, spiciest food could not stimulate him anymore everything tasted flat, uninteresting, and unexciting.

Only when he was deprived of the object of his over indulgence his food was he able to sharpen his senses again and remember the uniqueness of tasting and appreciating something simple. The cabbage by itself was not exciting. The cabbage alone could not restore the king’s senses. Instead, it was his anticipation of the unknown “incredible dish” that excited him, and it was the feeling of appreciation from lack of any food that stimulated him. Through fasting, the king corrected the stagnation caused by overindulgence, and he was then able to feel gratitude and appreciation once more. Experiencing these feelings again, the king was overjoyed and restored to his normal self. Gratitude is not only a creative attitude, but also brings joy, excitement, and energy into your life.

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A story about a King and Cabbage, continued…

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

(continued from yesterday…)

The next day the farmer arrived empty handed in the king’s hall. The king quickly asked, “Well, farmer, where is my food?”

“I’m sorry Your Majesty. It will be ready soon, I promise, but you must still keep our bargain.”

The next day the farmer again returned empty handed. This time the king was furious. “Where is my food?” the king screamed. The farmer replied, his head bowed low, “Oh, Your Majesty, I’m still preparing.

“Still preparing?!” the king retorted. “I’m starving and you’re still preparing?”

“I assure you this is the most fabulous food you’ve ever tasted,” the farmer pleaded. “If you’ll only wait one more day, it will be ready.”

It was going on three days and the king still hadn’t eaten. Although he was angry and hungry, he was so anxious to relieve his boredom he decided to go one more day. “All right,” the king agreed. “One more day.”

The next day the king awoke very early, his whole body filled with anticipation. He could think of nothing but the farmer’s mysterious dish. When the time came near for the farmer to arrive, it was all he could do to contain his excitement.

Finally, from beyond his hall the king heard the light footsteps of the farmer entering. His nose reached out and picked up the most divine of smells. His whole body reverberated with incredible sensations of pleasure and delight. As the farmer drew near, the king could feel his mouth salivating and his stomach grumbling as his entire attention was focused on the farmer’s simple porcelain bowl and its precious cargo.

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A story about a King and Cabbage

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

Even if these qualities did not have creative value, they would have value in improving the quality of life. Gratitude helps bring the beauty and pleasure of life sharply into focus. Here’s a story about a King and Cabbage I tell to illustrate the power of gratitude.

Once there was a king who had grown very bored and disenchanted with life. He went from one meaningless and stagnant day after another, finding no satisfaction or pleasure in anything. He had even lost his taste for food, and all his traditional exotic dishes no longer yielded the joys they had before. He grew so tired and apathetic that he issued a proclamation that whoever could bring him a dish that truly pleased him would be richly rewarded.

The greatest cooks came from all over the world bringing their best dishes to be tasted by the king. But the king found not one of them pleasing. Life continued to be one boring dish after another.

One day a poor farmer came to the palace to seek an audience with the king. When the farmer was finally called to appear, he said, “Your Majesty, I have the most incredible dish you’ve ever tasted. On this earth there is no other that can match it, but this special dish takes some very special preparation, and in order for you to fully enjoy it, I must ask that you eat nothing else until it is ready.” The king didn’t know what to make of this offer, but he was so bored with his food he was willing to take a chance. The king replied, “All right, farmer, I accept your offer, but your dish had better please me for all this inconvenience.” So the farmer left to prepare his dish, saying, “It will, Your Majesty, it most surely will.”

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Goals and aspirations are fed by positive attitudes

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By contrast, when seeds fall on good ground, when your goals and aspirations are fed by positive attitudes, by your focus, your will, your energy and your commitment, they are bound to grow and flourish. We all have the ability to be fruitful farmers in our lives. If we plant the seeds of our goals in the deepest and healthiest of soils, if we remove the weeds and stones that hamper our growth, if we nourish the growth with care and attention, then we are sure to see the blossoms and reap the fruits we desire.

Harmony, gratitude, and praise as particularly important attitudes to have. Why? All three attitudes acknowledge the presence of something. Why is this creative?

In order to manifest something, you must acknowledge that it exists as an idea. Harmony, gratitude, and praise have great creative power not only because you feel them only about something that exists, but because they bring additional qualities to the manifestation.

For example, let’s look at harmony in your consciousness, you are acknowledging the presence of unity and peaceful interactions, and you bring these qualities into your manifestations. When you express gratitude, you are acknowledging the presence of value. So when you are grateful, you create something of value for yourself. With the attitude of praise in your consciousness, you are acknowledging the presence of beauty. You don’t praise something that’s ugly, do you? So praise brings beauty into your manifestations.

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You and the Life Force are one

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Are your goals simply empty wishes? Fleeting desires that quickly come and quickly go? Have you failed to take your goals seriously enough to make a plan or implement a strategy to fulfill them? If so, your goals are like these seeds that fell randomly by the wayside where the birds of distraction, neglect, and carelessness devoured them. Achieving goals requires a high quality of energy and commitment. You must make a plan and implement a strategy!

The seeds fell among stones and sprouted shallow roots, this similar to allowing only shallow emotions to motivate or feed your goals. We usually begin working toward our goals with positive attitudes and the best of intentions. But if we haven’t examined our goals and are being driven only by negative attitudes such as pride, guilt, depression, anger, or jealousy then our soil is shallow. When the hot sun of adversity rises to challenge you with difficulties, this kind of energy will dry up and won’t sustain you. Losing steam, you will find yourself turned away from your goal.

The seeds fell among thorns, this is like your goals being choked and killed by a poor environment, or negative thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. When you are working toward new goals, you must be aware that your customary environment and the persons close to you may not be supportive of the changes you’re making. Certain acquaintances may fear your changes will harm their relationship with you, and they may, consciously or unconsciously, try to hold you back. You may find that your environment contains elements that work against your achievement. If you need to go to school to learn a new skill, will you have a quiet place conducive to studying? When you undertake a new challenge, give yourself the best environment you can, one which will be the least inclined to choke your efforts.

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Detachment is inner freedom

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Detachment is inner freedom. It gives you the mobility you need to keep your thoughts free and clear; as a result, you free yourself from emotions that could cause you to take inappropriate action.

4. Focus on creative attitudes like harmony, gratitude, and praise to bring love and beauty into the creation of a new you and a new world.

I mentioned before how attitudes are like arrows that fly you toward your target goal – or away from your goal – depending on which attitudes you maintain. Positive attitudes are creative tools. Negative attitudes are destroyers. There’s a Parable of Scattering Seeds in the Bible that beautifully illustrates this:

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places that did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown… (Matthew 13:3-8)

The seeds in this story stand for your goals and aspirations. When the seeds fell by the wayside and were eaten by birds, this can be compared to an attitude of disvaluing your goals, allowing other interests or situations to distract you and “eat up” your energy and commitment.

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Detach from turbulent emotions

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If you are striving to redefine yourself by identifying with the peaceful consciousness of your Silent Master consciousness, you will need to detach from your turbulent emotions. Notice I did not say don’t have turbulent emotions. I said detach from them. The way to eliminate turbulence from your consciousness is not to pretend it doesn’t exist. Instead, you detach from it. When you feel it, you don’t get into the feeling and run with it like a rider on a wild horse.

You see the feeling come into your consciousness, you even feel it, but you don’t act on it. You consciously know that the emotion will pass through, leaving you unharmed if you refuse to interact with it. And you hold this idea so strongly that its energy actually cancels the emotion. Eventually, as you are in touch with more of your Silent Master consciousness, your energy will “burn up” these emotions as they enter your field so that you don’t feel them at all.

For instance, let’s say you feel angry when you find out someone has cheated you. If cheating has occurred, your idea of honesty can prevail to make this wrong situation right in some way. Your job is to take calm, appropriate action to correct the situation. Any anger that you would be tempted to feel as all this is going on is of no value and no use. So you let it pass through you without acting on it. The only actions you take are those you are inspired to take as a result of focusing your energy on honesty rather than dishonesty.

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Develop Detachments

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3.  Develop Detachments

Detachment is the means by which you let go of the old in order to make room for the new. It is the means by which your good expands into greater good. As you redefine yourself, you will have to let go of old thoughts, emotions, and situations.

How do you just let go? Whether it’s a relationship, a job, an environment, a marriage, how is it possible to just let go? You may have already discovered it isn’t an easy thing to do.

Detachment becomes easier if you remind yourself of one simple thing: everything material you create or draw to you with your thought and emotion is impermanent. All things material ultimately pass away as we discussed in the last chapter. Continuous change is the law of the universe. Detachment is the healthy way to regard everything you create, because it is simply an attitude in which you expect change. You look upon all you manifest as a creation, just that and nothing more. That way, whether you experience loss or gain, it doesn’t matter, because you go on to create another situation and yet another.

Clinging to a good picture you have created possibly keeps you from expanding into an even greater good. Clinging to a disagreeable picture keeps you there! So you don’t want to hold onto either as though it’s the final story. You don’t hate, resent, fight or quarrel with an undesirable situation, and you don’t overly love or “cling” to a desirable situation. Detachment means you are always ready, open, and willing to experience change. This is how you develop. You can’t develop and grow if you hold on tightly to something you’ve acquired no matter how good you think it is.

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House Burning for a Reason

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Here we see how the fisherman, through a traumatic event, completely let go of the past in order to discover his true self again. He had “lost” himself long ago emotionally and mentally. And now he was experiencing the picture of that state of mind: he was “lost” at sea, floating around in the blackness. But the storm was a blessing in disguise. It was the thing that brought him back to life! Not sunshine, but rather a storm did this. Was it a trauma? Yes. But instead of giving up and drowning, he made this an opportunity to remember his true self. As a result, the only thing that drowned in the dark ocean was his misery and anger.

The family likewise experienced pain and despair. The burning house could have resulted in simply a destroyed home. Instead, the house was burning for a reason! The flames were the light of life to the fisherman. They brought him home again. So in spite of the negative appearance of this seeming disaster, in reality everything worked together for good to bring love and healing. The negative situation turned into a positive one.

Here’s something important to remember: This story ended in love and reunion instead of tragedy because the fisherman took action. Negatives don’t automatically turn into positives. The house could have burned down for nothing. The fisherman could have died for nothing. If he had continued with his anger and defeatism and despair, he wouldn’t have looked around to see the tiny flicker of light, and would surely have drowned. (When we look only at the dirt on the ground, we don’t see the stars in the sky!) But instead, the fisherman changed his attitude, became open and receptive to a new state of mind. He felt remorse for the first time! And this action led to his perception of the light that saved his life.

Likewise, Love is behind all the events, even the obstacles in your life, and you can hold the right ideas as the fisherman did so that everything works together ultimately for good. Cling to the truth no matter what you see happening, and the truth you hold will transform your experience.

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House Burning for a Reason, continued

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But where was the coast? He couldn’t see in the darkness, so he couldn’t tell which direction to swim. Tired and cold, he was ready to give up hope, but suddenly off in the distance he saw a faint glimmer. Yes, it was there, a small light off to his side. He started swimming towards this light. Stroke after stroke, he began to plan how he was going to change things, how he was going to be the husband and father he’d never been. For hours the light guided him, until finally he began to see his fishing village in the distance. The light was bringing him home, so he pushed himself even harder.

Just as he was reaching the shore, he suddenly had a fear that maybe his family had been hurt or lost. But then he heard voices calling and saw his children rushing into the ocean towards him. They all wept as they embraced, and together they walked towards the house.

As the wife saw her husband approaching with the children she was relieved, but she began to cry as she thought of how he would beat her when he saw the burned house. She saw his smiling face coming towards her, but she cowered, dreading the encounter. When he came near she timidly backed away, but to her surprise he reached out and embraced her warmly. She stammered as she tried to find words to tell him what happened, but he wouldn’t listen. As he held her tightly, he wanted only to tell her that the burning house had saved his life. “The flames shown through the darkness where I was lost at sea,” he said lovingly, “and they guided me home! Now I have the chance I prayed for to be the husband you want and the father my children need.”

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