The Journey of the Heart

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A story about how we forgot who we are and where we come from - and about how we might remember.

A story about how we forgot who we are and where we come from - and about how we might remember.

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  • 1. The Journey of the Heart by Charles O’Malley
  • 2. A story about how we forgot who we are and where we come from... ...and about how we might remember
  • 3. Advice to the reader This story is a meditation – your enjoyment of it will be enhanced if you find a quiet place and read it slowly and reflectively. In Slideshare, use the page down button underneath the story, rather than the scroll bar on the right.
  • 4. This is a message…
  • 5. …and a prayer
  • 6. In the beginning…
  • 7. …was the Heart
  • 8. And the Heart was LOVE
  • 9. And the Heart was All
  • 10. And the Heart was One
  • 11. Then…
  • 12. The One became Many
  • 13. And the Many set out together on a journey
  • 14. After a while…
  • 15. …the Many forgot…
  • 16. …that each was part of the One…
  • 17. …and there was fighting
  • 18. …and words like daggers
  • 19. …and looks that could kill
  • 20. And the hearts of parents started stepping on the hearts of children
  • 21. And the hearts of teachers started KICKING the hearts of pupils
  • 22. And the hearts of men started STAMPING on the hearts of women
  • 23. And the hearts of managers started JuMpInG on the hearts of employees
  • 24. And soon…
  • 25. …the children’s hearts were trampling on the parents’ hearts, the pupils’ on the teachers’, the women’s on the men’s, and the employees’ on the managers’
  • 26. And in each heart there was...
  • 27. But the pain was largely self-pity
  • 28. And so (of self-pity) the pain pushed all the hearts away from each other
  • 29. And there, far apart, they tended their wounds
  • 30. And some even died
  • 31. While others turned to stone…
  • 32. And this went on and on…
  • 33. …and on…
  • 34. …and on
  • 35. AND ON
  • 36. But then…
  • 37. a voice was heard…
  • 38. …and the voice said…
  • 39. And the voice was heard in EVERY heart
  • 40. But none of the hearts knew from where the voice had come
  • 41. Not knowing from where the voice had come, some chose to ignore the voice and they continued…
  • 42. …with fighting …and words …and looks
  • 43. But some chose to heed the voice
  • 44. They stopped
  • 45. And they listened
  • 46. And this is what they heard…
  • 47. [… silence …]
  • 48. […]
  • 49. […]
  • 50. […]
  • 51. And in the silence they encountered peace
  • 52. and in the peace they met LOVE
  • 53. and because of the LOVE …
  • 54. …they saw each other’s wounds…
  • 55. …and felt each other’s pain
  • 56. And through the pain, because of the LOVE, within the peace, engulfed by the silence…
  • 57. …they were healed
  • 58. And they turned their backs on their ways of old
  • 59. And so that time became known as…
  • 60. THE GREAT TURNING
  • 61. And in that time of The Great Turning each heart looked at all the other hearts and this is what they saw…
  • 62. And when they looked a little harder…
  • 63. And when they really, really looked…
  • 64. And in that moment they remembered that…
  • 65. The Many were All
  • 66. was All One
  • 67. And the One was…
  • 68. LOVE
  • 69. And so together they set out, in LOVE, to nurse the broken hearts that still lived in the land of forgetting so that they too might turn
  • 70. …and so the journey continues
  • 71. Charles O’Malley charlie@yellamo.com Distributed under a Creative Commons license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/