Companions studying with the Silent Eye submit weekly journals to their supervisors. Inevitably, given the shared journey, friendships build as formality fades. We learn of each other’s lives and families as we share our stories, exploring the inner life of the soul and its relationship to the everyday world. With students right across the world, we get glimpses into lives that sometimes seem very different from our own… and at others simply serve to reinforce the kinship of the human family.
One such story was sent to me by a Companion in Nigeria and with his permission, I reproduce it here:
While we were growing up, my senior sister, the second child of my parents, was known for hiding things and no one could find it, no matter how you turned the house upside down.
So on that day, our mother had some money she wanted to put away and not spend yet, and wanted a place she would keep it where she could not easily get at it in, even in an emergency.
She finally decided to give the money to my senior sister to keep for her. And Grace, for that’s her name, put the money somewhere.
About a month later our mother was short of cash and needed to get the money but Grace was not around, so we all searched the whole house to see if we could find the money. It was no use searching.
Then the Heavens came to our rescue and Grace just returned from where she had gone. Our mother then called her to please get the money where she hid it. We were all very excited to see where she would go and get the money from.
To our surprise and to our mother’s embarrassment, Grace simply opened the handbag our mother had been carrying around all the time and never lets out of her sight and brought out the envelope containing the money intact. Everywhere went quiet with laughter. For one month our mother had been carrying the money around and did not know, and the bag was right in front of us all as we searched the whole house. Of course no one could have thought in our wildest imagination to look for it in the bag right in front of us.
So too humanity, carrying around Gods and Goddesses and the whole Universe within but looking where there is indeed no space for anything, for all space is only inside. Maybe we should always look where we think we should not.
by ‘The Sailor’