Guy Finley, a truth teacher, recently said to his students in class “You are the treasure that you seek.”
“Wow” is what moved through me in hearing those words, because of course, rare is the human being that actually wishes to seek the truth of themselves.
As parents, as employees, as friends, we seem to seek everything else that we believe will bring us happiness and contentment in this world, never once considering that all along, what we have really been seeking is a treasure right inside our very self.
But just like any other treasure, we have to “dig” for it. And just like any other treasure, we have to persist often through what feels like perilous and unchartered territory.
What do you feel would be the greatest treasure you could find within yourself? Are you willing to help your child learn to dig for that treasure?
If you consider the idea that “everywhere you go, you take yourself with you”, meaning, you can move to another state, start a new relationship, a new job, etc., but unless there has been true change in your being, nothing will change in those so-called “new” environments. You will once again find similar people doing things that you don’t like. You will find similar struggles that you had before, whether between you and your employer or you and a new partner or friend.
So, in that same respect, if you became the world’s wealthiest man or woman, what good would that really do if you had to “take yourself with you” in your so-called “new” luxurious lifestyle? Sure, you could certainly buy and experience as many things as possible to keep you distracted from seeing the truth of yourself, but eventually the day will come where a certain honest observation will have to be faced.
What is that honest observation?
The fact that no matter what I give myself, it never truly fulfills me.
Because the treasure can’t be found in the material world. That treasure is buried within you, within each and every one of us.
Most of us are familiar with the Bible passage “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will be added unto you.” As well, “the Kingdom of Heaven is within.” I can only surmise that to mean that what we seek in this world should first be the treasure hidden inside of us, for all else is folly.
What is covering this treasure that seems to make it difficult for us to easily become aware of it?
It is our own answers to Life that we have been giving ourselves without knowing it. That is what is covering that treasure.
Your husband does something to you that “rattles your cage.” Instantaneously, a part of you knows the answer on how to respond, how to let him know how he made you feel, why he said what he said, etc. It’s happens as quickly as the snap of a finger. That’s how habitual we have become in giving ourselves our own answers, and that is what our children learn to do through those very actions. It is a blasphemous tradition that we are unaware is taking place.
Every time we give ourselves our own answers to the moment, we add another layer of “earth” atop of that treasure, burying it even deeper.
What if that treasure that we are actually burying is a certain kingdom within ourselves that holds a “peace that passes all understanding” – An unshakeable peace that no matter what takes place in the outer world, can’t be shaken.
Would that be a treasure worth seeking? Would you want that for your children and for yourself? Would you make the grandest of sacrifices for it?
If so, we must stop reaching for ideas that come from ourselves that we believe comfort ourselves in the moment and bring only a false sense of peace.
A peace that passes all understanding can only be found by instrumenting a “will” that is above all understanding. The instrumentation of that “will” entails the sacrifice of ourselves and our own answers to each and every moment, in favor of something higher, something new and divine.
Work to be the living example of this peace for your child so that “thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” won’t be just a passage that they recite, but will become a living truth for them. That is the grandest of all sacrifices.
When we are aligned with Thy Will, we not only understand the truth behind “I and my father are one”, but that we truly have never been apart from that peace that passes all understanding. We just thought we were.
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