“Barn’s burnt down… now I can see the moon.”
– Masahide, Japanese poet
Who even knew that the barn was in the way? Sometimes we get so used to the things the way they are, that we don’t even realize what may be on the other side of those things is a “possibility”. I love the idea of a possibility being hidden behind something very familiar.
When I was in seminary school, there was a story/joke that went around, so I will share it with you to the best of my ability now:
“The joke concerns twin boys of five or six. Worried that the boys had developed extreme personalities – one was a total pessimist, the other a total optimist – their parents took them to a psychiatrist. First the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with brand-new toys. But instead of yelping with delight, the little boy burst into tears. ‘What’s the matter?’ the psychiatrist asked, baffled. ‘Don’t you want to play with any of the toys?’ ‘Yes,’ the little boy bawled, ‘but if I did I’d only break them.’ Next the psychiatrist treated the optimist. Trying to dampen his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with horse manure. But instead of wrinkling his nose in disgust, the optimist emitted just the yelp of delight the psychiatrist had been hoping to hear from his brother, the pessimist. Then he clambered to the top of the pile, dropped to his knees, and began gleefully digging out scoop after scoop with his bare hands. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ the psychiatrist asked, just as baffled by the optimist as he had been by the pessimist. ‘With all this manure,’ the little boy replied, beaming, ‘there must be a pony in here somewhere!”
I propose that if one is willing to look beyond the structure of what they already see, ie: the toys or the poop, they can find the possibility within. Sometimes, you just have to look beyond what is
right in front of you to see something more grand. Have you ever heard that saying “Can’t see the forest for the trees?” This saying means if someone is too close to a situation, they can’t see other options.
I’d like to share another insight. The “field of infinite possibility” is a metaphysical concept which dictates that dwelling within you, is your “true self”, or your “pure awareness”. The field of infinite
possibility is where your inner silence expands into a greater sense of connection to all that exists in the entire universe. When you become willing to look beyond the limited construction of your
earthly awareness and begin to engage with this infinite field of possibilities inside of you, then you are moving towards the most truthful expression of who you are. When you are willing to burn
down the barn, or what is comfortable, you can begin to see the possibilities. That’s when things get really interesting! Burning down the barn could be a greater metaphor for tearing down the constructs of crystallized habits and behavior patterns so that we can gain new possibilities in life. If you want something different, then try something different.
Suggested Reading: “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical
Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams,” Deepak Chopra
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