A Pelican, A Gator, and An Elephant April 7, 2015Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Magick & Mystery, Spirit & Ego.
The pelican leaned back and relaxed as he spoke with his friends, flip-flops flapping in time with the Eternal Now.
“When we reflect on our lives, and what we want, the goal behind most other goals is simply happiness. We want to be happy. But, we have a tendency to look for happiness in all the wrong places.”
The gator nodded, her agreement impossible to miss given her prominent jaw.
“We look for happiness outside of ourselves, instead of looking within. We look for acceptance and approval from others, rather than accepting and approving of ourselves. We get caught up in daily dramas and lose touch with the present moment.”
The elephant, resplendent in his attire as self-appointed court jester, laughed in agreement.
“It’s Ego that gets in the way! It pretends that its defending us from the unwarranted attacks of others while acting the part of the Trojan Horse.”
His stalwart companion neighed support, choosing to ignore the disparaging comparison between Ego and his distant kith and kin.
Seeing all eyes upon him, the pelican reclaimed the floor. “Ego is a story-teller, spinning webs and stirring up conflict by encouraging us to look to others to define our selves and delineate our relevance.”
Pelican reached into his pocket and pulled out a sheet of paper, worn at its creases. He glanced over his bill at his companions before continuing.
“In Power, Freedom, and Grace: Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness, Deepak Chopra explained the distinction between Ego and Spirit in a way that really spoke to me. Here’s the passage:
Behind the curtain of your intellect and emotions is your self-image or ego. The ego is not your real self; it is the image of yourself that you have slowly built over time. It is the mask behind which you hide, but it is not the real you. And because it is not the real you, but a fraud, it lives in fear. It wants approval. It needs to control.
The ego is the prison you have built around your-self, and now it holds you captive within its walls.
And how do you break free from captivity? You break free by choosing to identify with your inner self, the real you.
You know you are free when you feel happy and at ease instead of fearful and anxious. You know you are free when you are independent of the good and bad opinions of others, when you have relinquished the need to seek approval, when you believe that you are good enough as you are.
You know you are free when you surrender to the moment, to the what is, and trust that the universe is on your side. You know you are free when you let go of resentments and grievances and choose to forgive.
As the pelican refolded the sheet of paper and stuffed it back into his pocket, a transvestite bullfrog (in full regalia) hopped over to join the conversation.
“I overheard what you said about Ego. I agree. Now that I use an internal yardstick to measure my worth, I am happy. I no longer get offended if THEY don’t approve of my lipstick. I don’t feel the need to defend myself if THEY criticize my weight, my attire, or my life choices. What THEY think of me is none of my business. I don’t need a signed permission slip from THEM to live MY life.”
With that, the bulging bullfrog (and his bulbous gilded lips) morphed into a Golden Egret.
As the transformed frog lifted off the ground to soar on an unseen breeze, it tossed out a golden nugget for the pelican, gator, and elephant to digest:
The key to lasting happiness is to identify with the unchanging essence of your inner self, your source. Then you no longer look for happiness because you know you already have it.
This happiness is true bliss, and it follows you wherever you go.*
Aah . . . that’s better!
* What is the key to lasting happiness?, Power, Freedom, and Grace: Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness.