At the 3P hangout at the homeless shelter this week, one of the people who stopped in had visited a couple of times before. During one of his visits, I gave him
a copy of the Missing Link. He let me know that he had now read the book 3 times, and then he began to share a variety of stories of what he had realized about...
- His insights from prison
- His family being surprised
by what he was reading and how he was changing
- His answer to his family's question about what was going on with him, for which he replied, "I'm learning about life"
- His mother being confused by what he was talking about, but then gaining
some of her own understanding as he shared his own metaphors
- The subtlety of his understanding between accepting (not resisting) what comes and the power of thought (awareness of his role in exploring the good and letting go of the bad)
infinite creative power of thought and how real is everything it creates
- His appreciation for "this Syd guy" and the truth of his words
- Seeing the miraculous in the simple things in life... going for a walk, enjoying nature
- And his
own recent mini-miracle...
Recently, he caught a bad cold that he wasn't recovering from. Over several weeks of trying to get better, he tried all sorts of remedies including a native sweat lodge. Nothing was working and he was
getting really frustrated. One night at bedtime, a thought appeared in his mind... a memory from his wise native grandfather saying to "accept whatever life gives you".
So with arms outstretched and eyes looking out he said, "OK God, bring
it on". In the morning, he woke up completely better.
One of the guys staying with him at the shelter asked him what had happened, "Hey, I thought you were really sick, what happened?" He told his story of acceptance, and the guy said,
"So if I just accept, my life will change." He replied, "No, you have to believe it".
I sat there in amazement. His understanding of the truth of life was so simple and so clear. He knew the difference between an idea and an insight. He
had realized the missing link.
He couldn't stay at the hangout very long, but hopefully he'll return one day... it was a beautiful thing to witness.