The Chinese Cracked Pot!

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The Chinese Cracked Pot

“A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak all the way back to your house.” The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”  (http://www.theresiliencecentre.com.au/blog/metaphors)

I came across the story of the The Cracked Pot the other day and saw how beautifully it described so much of my life.  I was the cracked pot constantly comparing myself to those whom I perceived were perfect.  I would let my thoughts get caught up in my imperfections and flaws. Bringing me down and keeping me constantly searching for perfection.

When I finally stopped looking  and discovered that what I was looking for had always been within me, my perception changed.  As a human being having a spiritual experience I may not appear to be perfect, but my innate self has always been and always will be perfect.  In this, I see the perfection in my imperfections.

With advent of Facebook, many of my former students and friends have found me, through them I see the flowers that I watered along the way.  These beautiful beings whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet on my journey found something useful in I what I had to give.  Even while dwelling in my thoughts of imperfection, my innate perfection shone through.

As I go through each day, I may not be aware of the impact of each smile, word or gesture, but I don’t need to.  All I know is that in each interaction with others an inner light shines and an exchange takes place.  It’s these small actions that change lives in ways that only Universal Mind knows.

So, I carry on with an open heart, shining my light for all to see knowing it will land were it needs to land.

What’s your message from the the Chinese Cracked Pot?

 

Dressing up reality to match your perception!

Have you ever walked into situations with preconceived idea of what it should be like?

Perhaps you went on that dream vacation only to discover it didn’t live up to your dream image. Maybe you’ve had a difficult time with a certain type of person. Then every time you came upon that type person, you instantly knew what you were going to face. Or you encountered a particularly trying time at work and now you are constantly on the look-out for it to rear up again.

I too had a long list of like/don’t like, acceptable/unacceptable, not my type or here we go again. Until, I discovered that each one of these labels was restricting my experiences.

I was letting past experiences, personal biases and outdated beliefs rule my thoughts, as a result they were blocking me from enjoying or gaining from each new situation. These preconceived thoughts kept me in a vicious emotional trap.

It was very difficult to enjoy someone or something if you are always on the look-out for what could go wrong, get screwed-up or live up to your expectations.

In reality you can change this pattern by understanding that you are just living your thoughts.

Yes, that is right! All those justifications, opinions and adjectives are just thoughts. They have nothing to do with the person, thing or event.

Let’s take a person for example, a person is a body. It only becomes more than a body when we dress it up with our thoughts. Confused?

That person only acquires a personality or identity when we give them one. They become a mother, father, brother, daughter, friend or enemy when we think of the word form. Next, we add qualities kind, helpful, self-centred, difficult or generous. None of these identities or qualities are real, they are only thoughts. The only apparent reality is, they are a body.

We see a person our thoughts begin to create and before we know our enemy is before us! The person maybe before us but the enemy is only a thought. It is only our thinking and our perceptions that create the attributes.

We are human beings who believe it’s the world around us causing us so much pain when in actuality it’s our thoughts about situations,events and people that cause our pain.

Understanding that I was causing my own pain was big “AH” moment! I started to watch my thoughts. I didn’t try to change them, fix or adjust them!

Please don’t try or you will end up in another vicious thought cycle leading no where.

All you have to do is notice them for what they are – thoughts. By themselves they have no power. They only gain power when we give them power when we encourage them. Left alone they just fade way.

Look at something or someone in the next few days and notice your thoughts around them. Pay attention to what happens when you stop thinking about them.