Grasshopper: Master, why am I here?
Master: This is where you need to be right now.
Grasshopper: And why do I need to be here, in this place?
Master: Because you need to experience certain aspects of your life.
Grasshopper: And what aspects are they?
Master: To observe, to understand and to share.
Grasshopper: If I am here to observe, what should I pay attention to?
Master: Whatever it is that captures your attention.
Grasshopper: But how do I understand what I have observed?
Master: By going within and experiencing inner peace.
Grasshopper: But how does inner peace help me to understand, Master?
Master: We observe the beauty, order and chaosof the outer world. The voices of the past echo in our minds creating inner chaos; only by attaining inner peace may we sort out what it is that we need to pay attention to and develop.
Grasshopper: When we do understand what we have paid attention to, what must we do then?
Master: Participate in life by sharing what you have learned with those on their path.
Grasshopper: But isn’t what I have learned only pertain to me?
Master: Yes, in regard to YOUR experience; however, the principles of that experience must be shared with others in order for you to actively participate in life.
Grasshopper: Then Master, what if I don’t share what I have learned?
Master: Then, as a beaver that dams up the water to preserve his den, you have secured your own space by interrupting the flow of water that supplies life to the other creatures in the forest.
Grasshopper: Master, the beaver does this so it can survive.
Master: True, but is your survival more important than anyone else’s? Are you so concerned for your own survival that you will sacrifice the survival of others to secure your own survival?
Grasshopper: Yes, Master; if it is what I need to keep living.
Master: Life is a chorus of voices living in harmony. Do the chimes ring dissonance in the wind, or do they ringa pleasing sound to one’s ear?
Grasshopper: No, Master; the sound is pleasing and soothing.
Master: Then why should your own survival be at the cost of another’s? By sharing the principles of life that you have learned you are creating harmony and respecting the life of every living being.
Grasshopper: So, through observing we learn what we need to pay attention to in order to grow and expand. By going within we learn to understand what it is we are paying attention to and by sharing what we have learned, we are contributing to all of life.
Grasshopper: Then, why do I feel that others don’t understand me?
Master: Because you are more concerned about your feelings and your survival than you are about creating harmony.
Grasshopper: Then how do I focus on creating harmony?
Master: By communing with your inner peace every day. It is there that you learn to understand what you have experienced and what to do with it.
Grasshopper: And how do I share what I have learned?
Master: By being there for others when they need it the most; by removing the dam and allowing the waters of life to flow freely downstream and provide sustenance to all.
~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)