Daily Insight into Higher Consciousness from the Story of The Little Prince
I used to struggle to stay present. I found it the hardest thing in the world to be present, aware, conscious.
Then the day came that all of my effort came to naught and I finally faced up to the fact that everything I was doing just wasn’t working.
The crashed pilot has attempted three drawings of a sheep, in addition to having first drawn a boa constrictor. None of the drawings were any good. But when the Little Prince receives his fourth drawing of a sheep, he is thrilled.
How has the pilot been able to give the Little Prince just what the little fellow wanted?
He gets the drawing of the sheep right this time because he dashes it offspontaneously without a lot of fretting or thought. It’s what flows naturally from his fountain pen.
This drawing is actually the opposite of what the mind would tell us a drawing of a sheep ought to be like.
You see, you can’t actually see the sheep because it’s crated and ready to travel.
This is a powerful image of how our lives need to be lived, a picture of nonattachment.
The sheep isn’t trying to make anything “happen.” It isn’t working laws of attraction, engaging in control of its thoughts, trying to regulate its feelings, trying to achieve a particular goal or outcome.
On the contrary the sheep has fallen asleep inside the crate!
The symbolism is potent. The sheep is able to fall asleep in these strange surroundings, which are ordinarily quite confining compared with munching on grass in an open field, because it is in full acceptance of its circumstances. There’s no resistance at all.
When we are present in each moment, we have no difficulty accepting what is, which enables us to totally relax inside ourselves.
To be an awake person is to be in a peaceful, restful state, not at all anxious. It’s to experience no resistance to the now.
When we are conscious, we are entirely comfortable with whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. We are detached from having to have things a particular way, ready to go wherever life takes us.
Trying is deadly where presence, consciousness, enlightenment are concerned. Trying comes from not being conscious and is an unconscious act that’s unconsciously motivated.
We have to give up trying and simply allow ourselves to be, which requires no effort.
Working on ourselves is the opposite of relaxing into what’s already true of us if we but knew it.
To be enlightened is the most natural thing in the world. It’s the easiest state to be in, requiring nothing but embracing our crate and resting peacefully so that life’s flow can take us where we need to be.
*Editor’s Note: The Namaste Publishing audio book Lessons in Loving—A Journey into the Heart unveils the spiritual meaning of the story of the Little Prince from cover to cover on five CDs, a full seven hours of listening.
David Robert Ord is author of Your Forgotten Self Mirrored in Jesus the Christ and the audio book Lessons in Loving–A Journey into the Heart, both from Namaste Publishing, publishers of Eckhart Tolle and other transformational authors. He writes The Compassionate Eye daily, together with his daily author blog Consciousness Rising, at www.namastepublishing.com.
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