Journey to Enlightenment

Saturday, October 18, 2003

.... Reply to a relationship question posted on site Sept. 2002.
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I hope you will understand your answer in my reply:::::

Turak was a wise old bird...
Some say he was older and wiser than all of the other birds put together...
Young birds of the flock loved to come and listen to his stories...
They always followed the same theme, but each time a new lesson could be learned...
Afterwards the young birds would have great fun discussing the latest tale and squabbling together to be the first to understand its meaning...

Turak's species were nearly always born with no wings...
These grew as the young birds grew...In fact throughout their lives, they never stopped growing...
As Turak journeyed about his land he never stopped marveling at the different ways his flock lived together...
There were so many birds in the flock that there never was much space to make a home...
When two young birds found each other there space was just enough for them...

Turak noticed the effect as paired birds began to grow wings...
The space they had together was comfortable but only if both birds shared it unselfishly...
Their wings grew at different rates; and so it was that the wings of one bird would often overshadow the partner...
Much of the time as each bird became preoccupied with preening their growing wings, they each did not realise how their movements made their living space so uncomfortable for both of them...
They took turns to find food and if one bird helped the other, its wings would be helped to grow faster...

As time passed, wings matured...It was not unusual to see how a foolish bird tried to fly too soon and fell in a heap...Its anger and frustration were often directed to its mate...
You would think when each pair of birds were fully fledged that everything would be OK...Not so!
Turak would see how two birds with beautiful sets of wings, flapped to take flight together and just kept on knocking each other to the ground again...Or how one bird with stunted wings would be left lonely on the ground as the other bird blundered about in hopeless flight, because he had not looked after his wings properly...

Just rarely, Turak would notice two birds working in harmony to help each other into the air and back to ground again...
These birds always flew in joint adventure to gain experience in the air together...

Turak knew of a distant colony where old and ancient birds lived...They also had partners, but every bird flew its own flightpath, only to return to roost with their partner to share the tales of their experience...
Turak had been a young bird once upon a time...
He remembered how he had wasted many years trying to find a mate...

Turak had learned to fly early; or so he thought...He would make short hopping flights and as he spotted a potential mate, he would end up just crashing into her and overwhelming her...
He always seemed to frighten them away...
The trouble was, he believed he had learned the joys of flight and just wanted to pass-on that experience to a partner...

One day a strong wind caught Turak as he did a hopping flight between two hills...The wind lifted him high into the sky...Higher than he thought possible...He was sure he was going to die...
As the clouds thinned he was shocked to see dozens of magnificent birds effortlessly soaring around him...
One bird flew close to him and asked him what he thought he was doing...
Turak replied weakly, 'I'm just flying.'...
The other bird, who was holding distance alongside, told Turak to have a good look at his wings...Turak finally looked and realized in shame and horror that next to these fine birds, all he had were stumps...
Turak plummeted towards the ground and lost consciousness on the way...He opened his eyes to see a young beautiful bird mopping his brow...She said, 'I saw you try to get across from that hill over there. You didn't quite make it!'...
Turak saw the wings of this bird were just the same size as his...
At last he knew it was time for him to share his growth with a partner on equal terms; and one day.....one day.....he and his partner would soar high above the world together in perfect formation...........
I invite YOU to play out the role of Turak....Blessings to all.


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