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The Power of Metaphor to Foster a Sense of Belonging

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This is the notion behind the saying of Jesus Christ: Do not remove the mote from your brother's eye unless you remove it from your own.

We could also make this positive. In Tsara, Burl sees himself. That includes our motes (anyone know what a mote is?)

Thus is the beauty of seeing life as a verb more so than a noun. Our being is a verb that is expressed as our body in female and male form. Yet, as stated in the Bible's Genesis 1:27, we are all made in God's image, "male and female created He them!" In Burl, Tsara is mirrored and vice versa. Yes, we are individual particles, and we are also integral to the wave. Yes, we are mortal (disposable) creatures, and we are generative creators participating in immortality.

We are the metaphor and the meaning, the sacrament and the sacred Truth. How would this knowledge affect our feeling alienated?

I'll end this with a Navaho chant:

The mountain, I become it.

The lake, the stream, I become it.

The grass, the cricket, I become it.

Or, as I have experienced in meditation, what is within is without and what is without is within. Thus, I say:

The Cricket cricking outside my window, I become it.

What is my message? It is nothing less than:

You are embracing and embraced by the entire planet and cosmos.

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