It has been taught by many spiritual teachers that when we come into this life as infants we actually arrive healthy, whole, packed with tons of creativity, curiosity, energy, passion and open to loving and learning about life. Then as a result of our most dominant adult influences, environment, school, religion, etc. we learn everything else — hatred, prejudice, selfishness, worthlessness, self-doubt, suffer and sacrifice. If we are lucky as adults we become aware of these conditionings and the limiting beliefs that no longer serve us and hopefully let them go. But for many of us the conditioning is deep. Beliefs that cause us pain, unhealthy habits, challenging relationships, unsatisfactory jobs, and leave us feeling stuck, complacent and sick, physically and emotionally.
What would change for you today if you believed that beneath all those layers of false or limiting beliefs what existed was a brilliant, magnificent version of yourself? What would change for you today if you knew that those habits and qualities that continue to get in your way are just a result of something you learned, but were absolutely not true?
I invite you to read a true story of the Golden Buddah (author unknown).
Over 300 years ago, as a Burmese army planned an attack to invade Thailand (then called Siam), Siamese monks who were in possession of an enormous treasure, a solid gold Buddha that today would be valued at over 200 million dollars, made a decision.
To protect the Buddha from being plundered, they covered it in 12 inches of clay. The Burmese attackers, thinking it worthless, ignored it but sadly killed the monks. So for over 250 years, until the mid 1950’s, this Buddha existed only as a clay buddha.
Then, when the Buddha was being moved to a new location by a crane, it began to crack — they didn’t expect it to be so heavy. The monks set it down, waiting for a bigger crane the next day, and covered it with a tarp to protect it from the rains.
One monk, in the middle of the night, came to check that the tarps were staying on and saw a reflection, a glimmer in the crack. He carefully chiseled away around the crack as the glimmer grew.
And then, as the clay fell away, a solid gold Buddha shone once again for the world to marvel at.
Is there a Golden Buddha within you? See, I believe there is greatness within you, within all of us, but all too often it is masked and covered by previous experiences, by old patterns, by pressure from society, by past failures and pains.
I believe if we can just find that crack, that glimmer inside, connect to that part of us that knows we can love more, be more, live more, manifest more, then the rest of this old junk can fall away easily so we can shine at our brightest.
And … what if each day you reminded your love ones that they, too, are a pure Golden Buddha and they no longer have to cover up there greatness and magnificence? Imagine the joyful life you and your family could experience if your gifts and talents were nurtured and celebrated and not buried beneath all those layers. Let your gold shine through, I promise you won’t regret it.