When What Looks Real Is Not
If a thing glitters, appears shiny, bright and golden, is it automatically considered a valuable gem or real gold? No, one can never judge the purity of an object based on untested appearances alone. Sometimes the thing we see or hear is not a true representation. Outside appearances or actions can cover the truth of what’s inside, of what’s authentic.
We tend to make quick assessments based on the outward veneer, actions and attitudes of others. But if we remain open to an inner truth, we may see what was not apparent before. If what they claim to know or will do appears out of alignment, we must go deeper. In essence, we should seek their aptitude for genuineness, or their fearlessness for authenticity. What we sometimes find is that either their aptitude or fearlessness is missing.
How Fool's Gold Passes For Real Gold
“It often occurs that pride and selfishness are muddled with strength and independence. They are neither equal nor similar; in fact, they are polar opposites. A coward may be so cowardly that he masks his weakness with some false personification of power. He is afraid to love and to be loved because love tends to strip bare all emotional barricades. Without love, strength and independence are prone to losing every bit of their worth. They become nothing more than a fearful, intimidated, empty tent lost somewhere in the desert of self.
Time and time again does the pride of man influence his very own fall. While denying it, one gradually starts to believe that he is the authority. Or that he possesses great moral dominion over others, yet it is spiritually unwarranted. By that point he loses steam. In result, he falsely begins trying to prove that unwarranted dominion by seizing the role of a condemner.” ~ Criss Jami
All That Glitters...
Many claim to be on the path to enlightenment. They will recite doctrine and quote the masters, while proclaiming “It is written, thus I am…” However, their path to true enlightenment has yet to be treaded upon. Theirs is a path of pretense. They’ll convincingly repeat enough accepted doctrine, mingled with their lofty personal claims of sharing light and love to all. But the core of their being is shrouded in fear and sometimes darkness.
One must remain present and aware. All that glitters, all that seems shinny, bright and golden is not always a precious gem or real gold. It may have been painted over to disguise a metal of lesser value. A metal not yet tested by the forge. Just be aware that fool’s gold never holds its color for very long. And a fool’s paradise soon becomes an arid, desert wasteland. Unless you’re a dedicated desert dweller, you won’t last very long there. ~ ♥ Yvonne L. Jones