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There was once a student of a great master. The master lived on a great estate far from civilization. The student loved nature and would often take long walks on the forested grounds of his master’s estate. Taking time to enjoy all the flora and fauna that the estate had to offer.
One day during his walk, he came upon a chrysalis. This chrysalis was shaking and cracking. There was a tiny butterfly inside struggling to get free to begin its new life.
The student watched in awe as the little butterfly struggled and struggled against the cocoon. It would struggle to break free until it was too tired to carry on. After a bit of a rest it would continue its struggle against its cocoon. This went on for a long time as the student watched wit6h amazement and awe.
After what seems like an eternity the student could not take it anymore. He reached up and opened the cocoon for the butterfly. The butterfly popped out and opened its wings. It stretched out its wings and tried to fly. But it fell to ground and could not fly.
The student was very upset and started to cry in grief for the butterfly. He ran all the way back to his master’s house in great grief. He could not understand the tragedy he had just seen.
When he finally arrived at the house of his master he looked and found his master playing a lute in his study. Still crying he waited for the master to look up from his music.
With great tears in his eyes, he told the master of the butterfly’s struggle to free itself form the chrysalis. He told him how heartbreaking it was to watch the little creature struggle to exhaustion and then rest. He told the master of the butterfly’s renewed commitment to break free. He told him of his grief and distress at watching this happen.
He told his master, who was listening intently about his feelings that he could not take any longer. He told him of his eventual opening of the chrysalis to help the butterfly. He told him in tears of how the butterfly could not fly. He told his master he could not imagine why the butterfly could not fly and how distraught he was at seeing the butterfly’s failure.
The master smiled. He told the young brokenhearted student that he had made a great mistake. He said that the struggle was necessary for the butterfly. He explained that the butterfly needed to struggle and fight against the walls of the chrysalis. He gently explained how by breaking open the chrysalis and helping the butterfly to be free he only deprived the young creature from the needed chance to strengthen its wings so it could fly.
Sometimes we are faced with much the same heartbreaking problem in our lives. We witness a person struggling against a problem that seems so overwhelming that we want to reach out and fix it for them. We want to relieve them of the burden so they can be free.
What we don’t realize is that this struggle is necessary for them to gain the strength to fly on their own. If we fix the problem for them we deny them the needed chance to strengthen their own wings.
I am not saying that we should turn a blind eye to others’ struggles. But what I am saying is that we should carefully consider any help we give. Do not fix the problem for them. There is a reason they are facing this issue in their life.
Before we are born we decide what issues we will deal with during our lifetime. We choose these situations for us to learn from them. It is part of the evolution and learning of the soul as it seeks to reunite with our source, by whatever name we call it.
There is a big difference between helping others and fixing their problems for them. Offer them help where needed. That is an important part of life as well. But do not fix their problems for them.
This could lead to them not strengthening their wings and learning the lessons they set up for themselves before this life. This precept is very important.
It is also important to put this idea to use within your own life. When faced with a struggle don’t give up. Remember you chose this for your life long before you were here.
There is a reason for each and every event that happens in our life. We set down our path before incarnating here. We decide the circumstances and events of our life in order for our souls to mature.
Each lifetime presents us with new challenges that we must overcome during our incarnation. And it is best for us if we overcome the struggle and learn from it on a soul level.
Here are a few struggles we may face:
We shouldn’t kill not because we fear the repercussions of doing so. Jail and execution are deterrents for the less evolved soul. But we are much more mature when we don’t kill because it is not in our being to take another life.
Good Samaritans who do good deeds for the testimonials are not doing them for the right reasons. We should do good things because it is simply the right thing to do. We should not seek praise for them on any level.
There are many more struggles to learn that we may encounter. Each one of us is in a different place in our evolution of soul. Be aware of this and lend a hand if possible but do not fix the problem, even if it is within your power to do so.
It is especially difficult to stand by and watch as a child struggles with problems. But remember they are just learning too. It is important on many levels to allow them to face their troubles and overcome them on their own.
At a young age we are still struggling with what it means to be alive. Off your guidance and support but allow them to learn and strengthen their wings on their own. They will be better people for it in the long run. And you will be blessed at watching the struggle unfold and the blossoming of a wonderful butterfly in the process.
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