Today in the shower, I asked Tai, one of my Guides, if he wanted to share anything with me. He looks at me carefully and says "Simple Wisdom". The shower recedes into the background and I am in the Zen Garden. Tai is seated in front of me in his usual position of lotus, hands inside his gown resting in his lap. I watch him intrigued as he moves his hands and a scene of an earth worm tunnelling under the ground appears. "Which is better? The worm that tunnels it's whole life under the ground?" and the scene changes and the worm tunnels up through the grass layer and instantly it pokes it's head out of the ground, it is eaten by a bird. "Or the worm who dares to look to the sun?".
The image fades and I am again looking at Tai. He waits. I get the giggles inside and I soon am smothering laughter unsuccessfully. I know what he is getting at but honestly THE BIRD ATE THE DARN THING!. At that thought I catch Tai's twinkly eyes and burst out laughing. "Ummm the bird ate it.... It didn't have a chance to experience anything above ground, it was eaten!"
He nods "Yes. However, what was the better experience? To stay below the ground in the safety of the moist, dark dirt, never to experience anything but tunnelling?" I look him carefully. "It was probably happy doing that". An eyebrow is raised delicately and he looks at me intently "really?". I am still smothering laughter unsuccessfully.
He leans towards me "Do not limit your perspective. Understand this, in the moment that the worm was seized by the bird and yanked from the ground, many, many things happened. Firstly it felt the rays of the sun, the warmth of the air, the brilliance of the light, the sharpness of the beak, the freedom of being pulled out. The experiences were HUGE and multiple and it was all in ONE instance". "It died" I mutter. His eyebrows soar.
He leans forward and taps my chest once "There is no death, there is only experience and learning. Simple Wisdom!". He sits back again and surveys me. "There is ALWAYS a choice always, there is always learning always. What you have to understand yet, is that in the simplicity of learning there is a MASSIVE amount of experience. Never under estimate the value of that".
I'm back in the shower and I turn my face to the water. Part of me is still giggling at the image presented. On moment happy under the earth and the next a tragic ending. Hmmm but was it? I wasn't being mean by laughing at the worm, but the more I think about it. The more he is right. We can spend our whole lives at times trying to be the worm under the ground, tunnelling along, not really wanting anything to be different, sitting in the darkness of our lives, not wanting change or experiences to impact us. But the amount of learning and wisdom we gain when our whole life is changed and exposed to the experienced of life is HUGE. We simply don't realise how much!
His other point was so simple that he didn't even bring it up. It occurred to me as I stepped out of the shower, so busy was I processing what I was shown that I nearly missed another SIMPLE WISDOM. Life is short. Incredibly short, we never know when things will change really, for good or for bad. The simple truth is to enjoy and experience everything as much as we possible can. To let go of grudges about learning, to forgive massively and kindly, to thank people for all they bring to us to HELP us to learn, both the good and the bad and for us to in our way HELP them too. To value the experiences. To love unconditionally, warmly, HUGELY... All of these things. So simple.
Simple wisdom is the best wisdom. It's about time we simplified things and stopped over thinking. Simple really : )