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.

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The Journey of the Heart

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

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