Posted 2020-10-13 8:36 AM (#239663) Subject: following some Guidance to be curious ...
Location: the Rock/Newfoundland
... as my day (joined with Holy Spirit) is clearly 'ordered' around living or being the Meaning of the instruction/direction Raj has given us in this last post - Reality Check - i wondered what that might look like here today with friends in our Gathering Place? ... what came in answer was the idea to find and post the two parables or teachings he mentioned [Laborers in the Vineyard] ... and [The Hundredth Monkey] story ...then, to the question, for what purpose? ... the answer seems to be a curious feeling to just post it and see what if anything follows ... ...as always, a heartful of appreciation for everyone who comes here, with love, Orinda
CONVERSATIONS WITH RAJ
VOL. 9, NO.1
LABORERS IN THE VINEYARD
QUESTION: In Matthew 20 there’s a story about laborers in the vineyard, who come at various times of the day, and they’re all paid the same at the end. Would you talk about that?
RAJ: It is one of my favorite stories, because at the bottom line it refers to coming Home, it refers to Waking Up. For purposes of illustration, let’s say that all of you who are aware of the idea of being on your spiritual path are the laborers who come to the vineyard early in the day, and you seem to be doing it all alone. You don’t have huge groups of people with whom you can identify and get support. From the media you hear nothing of your interests and what you are alive to, and the lack of those of a like mind seems to be global, not just local. It makes you feel fewer and smaller.
To the degree that each of you choose for Truth and make commitment to finding that place in you where Truth is revealed, and then persist in remaining there so that you might at every moment know what is Real and what identifies fulfillment which the Father is being, the density of the "mass commitment to dreams or illusions" lessens. As there are fewer and fewer dreamers, the "global organization of dreamers" becomes smaller, and as a result it makes it more difficult for those insisting on dreaming to continue, because now their support group is diminishing.
The simple fact is that the last of the dreamers are going to start their Awakening process at the end of the day. And because there is so little support for dreaming, their "process" of Awakening will seem to be minimal. They’ll get it just like that! And those who started in the beginning of the day could say, "This isn’t fair." Yet, those who started in the beginning of the day have, by their commitment to being the presence of Love, made it easier for everyone else.
So, for those who might think it isn’t fair . . . tough luck!
Expressions of Love are not quantitative. An expression of Love compounds itself—like compound interest in the bank, where what you put in increases and you take out more than you put in. All expressions of Love are compound by nature, and become more than that little expression of energy which was put forth. You just can’t escape the fact that the expression of Love blesses all.
There is something that wasn’t brought out in that parable, and that is that the efforts of the workers in the beginning of the day will actually make the end of the day come sooner. In other words, because of the compound nature of the commitment to the expression of Love, all of those who are sleeping will wake up sooner in the day. And so you could all end up working only half a day—those of you who started at the beginning.
Of course, if you grouse the first half of the day . . . [group laughter].
The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years.
In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.
An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.
This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.
Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes -- the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.
THEN IT HAPPENED!
By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!
But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea...Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.
Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.
Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.
But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!
From the book "The Hundredth Monkey" by Ken Keyes, Jr. The book is not copyrighted and the material may be reproduced in whole or in part.