Three campers were setting up their campsite when a mountain lion suddenly appeared. Two of the campers saw the intruder and climbed a nearby tree. The third camper who was not as observant wasn’t fast enough to escape.
He threw himself on the ground and pretended to be dead. He had heard that mountain lions, like Levites and Pharisees, will not touch dead bodies, so he laid as still as he could and held his breath. He tried his best to control his trembling, too.
His life passed before him as the mountain lion sniffed at his clothing and then moved up to his face. The camper lay as still as he could.
To his astonishment, the mountain lion whispered something in his ear. After a few moments, when he opened his eyes, the mountain lion was gone. When the coast was clear, the other two campers climbed down out of the tree and rushed over to their comatose comrade.
“Are you okay?” the taller one asked.
The prone camper nodded. He was still too frightened to move.
“It’s okay,” the third camper replied, “the big cat’s gone.”
The two helped the frightened camper to his feet.
“By the way,” the taller one said, “I could have sworn I saw the mountain lion whisper something in your ear. I know that sounds crazy, but am I right?”
The camper who had the close encounter with the big cat nodded.
“You’re kidding,” his comrades exclaimed in unison. “A talking mountain lion. No way! Like we’re going to believe that,” they laughed. “So what did he say?”
Their comrade replied, “He told me never to travel with ‘friends’ who desert you at the first sign of trouble.”
The story is apocryphal, of course. But it represents an important point we want to make in this blogcast. Our message is about going from an old leash to a new lease on life. And this is what we mean by that.
The old leash represents things that are just as ferocious as the mountain lion. They are false assumptions, engrained beliefs based on those false assumptions, self-defeating habits, feelings of unworthiness, fears, doubts in your ability to prosper, negative thinking, and a host of other wild and untamed thought and feeling leashes.
These are all leashes that keep you flat out or up a tree instead of living confidently and happily at the speed of your Christ Consciousness. A huge lion of a doubt or a catty false assumption can keep you immobilized or up a tree for years.
Suppose you’re sitting on your front porch. A convertible comes by and someone shouts, “Get in!” And so you get in. You don’t know where it’s going but you get in anyway. Later that same day you’re sitting on the porch again and an SUV comes by. Someone says, “Get in.” You get in although you’re not sure where it’s going or how long it’s going to take.
Later that evening you’re sitting on that same porch and a truck comes by. Someone shouts, “Get in…” and so you … (you get the picture). Suppose each of those vehicles represents an old leash.
Just because a false assumption surfaces in our consciousness doesn’t mean we have to go with it. We don’t have to let an outdated belief take us for a ride. We can face a fear we’ve been avoiding instead of letting it chase us up a tree.
We can leave formaldehyde beliefs and atrophied assumptions behind. We can create leash controls that keep our old leashes in check.
In his classic Unity book, Talks On Truth, Charles Fillmore reminds us, “In the days of Moses the Egyptians refused to give freedom to the Israelites. So, the Egyptians saw frogs, lice, and locusts.”
Those who look at the world through fundamental religious filters (that is, from a consciousness that denies their innate divinity) will be bridled by all kinds of leashes (frogs, lice, and locusts) that frighten them and send them running for cover.
But no one has to live that way. We are spiritual beings going through a human experience. We have spiritual powers. We can choose to look at our experiences through spiritual filters or human filters. The choice is ours. We can chose to be limited by a self-imposed leash or set free by a new lease on life.
We can see the world from the groundedness of our Higher Self (our Extraordinary Nature) or from the error-prone nature of our human personality. The choice is ours.
What Does Science Say?
Here’s the thing: research from the new science called neuro-theology corroborates the teachings of the mystery schools — we really do have a higher, more transcendent Self which is more universal in nature.
Listen to what neuro-biologist Andrew Newberg and his team have found: “Spiritual reality holds, and neurology does not contradict it,” they say, “that beneath the mind’s perception of thoughts, memories, and emotions, and beneath the subjective awareness we think of as the self, there is a deeper Self, a state of pure awareness that sees beyond the limits of subject and object, and rests in a universe where all things are one.”
How to Get a New Lease on Life
We know that the “Deeper” Self Newberg is talking about is the Christ Self (our Extraordinary Nature). It is the Self which is our connection with the Eternal Presence. It is the Self which can help us eliminate all of our old leashes (our bad habits, negative orientations, false beliefs, fears, doubts in our worthiness, etc.).
It is the Self which can help us turn frogs, lice, and locusts (old leashes) into health, wealth, and prosperity (new leases on life).
If you want that new lease on life — and who wouldn’t — all you need to do is:
- Make time every day to connect with that Deeper Self, that Domain of the Divine. Be still, and in the Silence, you will know.
- Live from the Authentegrity of Truth, walking the Spiritual path on practical feet!
- And of course, never to travel with ‘friends’ who desert you at the first sign of trouble.”