I Am Not a Stone, I Am a Mountain
So calm, so proud, the mountains stand.
They gaze at Creation and pray to the Creator for all of us.— Sean Dragon
The Beauty of My Mother
I love Mother Earth with all my Heart and Soul. I am a part of her in this life, and I am grateful for her Love that manifests everywhere around me. I am thankful for her beauty that calms my soul, for the fruits that feed my body, for the beautiful lessons she teaches me when I watch her. I know that if I follow her own way, through these lessons, I will learn how to show respect, courtesy, empathy, self-sacrifice, and I'll become handsome as she is.
Each piece has its own beauty, its own gifts to offer us and expresses its diversity within the harmonic set created by these differences. The forests, the fields, the meadows, the hills, the mountains, the rivers, the lakes, the seas, the sky all so wonderfully different but so harmoniously bound together. Another valuable lesson about the magic of diversity for us humans, who each one of us has characteristics that make us more suited to one or more of the above. So we are different in order to offer our distinctive features in the harmonious function of the whole.
Of all these parts, the mountains have always had a very positive effect on me. They always reminded me of kindly giants who stand proudly in front of the Creator and pray for the welfare of our world. Eternal forms which welcome the Sun at dawn, and farewell it at sunset. They saw the world of humans to be born and to be raised and offered us their love. With the wisdom they have gained through the centuries, they are helping us find paths that will bring us high, closer to the freedom of the Sky and to the vastness of the view that reveals the whole world as One.
In Spiritual Philosophy and all religions, the mountains are potent spiritual symbols.
First of all, a mountain is a symbol of Serenity and Self-mastery. It rejoices in the sun in the same way as in the rain and the wind, the hail and the snow. No matter what the conditions are around it, the mountain is always calm, peaceful and faces high knowing that beyond all states there is the Love of the Creator, eternal and sure.
This is Self-mastery. It is a state of inner equilibrium that allows us to remain calm, serene, and concentrated in the midst of all the upheavals that, naturally, will appear in our lives.
People who are experiencing this inner peace remain calm and unaffected by external conditions. They have learned not to surrender to their feelings, the impulses of selfishness, the fears and the insecurities that we all have. Like the mountain, they remain steady, pointing upward to Heaven.
The truth is that this is a difficult achievement in our troubled world. We are constantly barraged with thousands of ideas and pieces of information that feed our desires and passions, associating happiness with the possession of material goods or fame and glory. This leads us to become captives of these false needs and to a fierce struggle for acceptance and recognition that requires our affiliation with specific groups. But this results in separation, rivalry and ultimately more loneliness. Try, for example, to remember yourself supporting a team, a political party or any group you like on a debate with your "rivals" who they "don't understand" the righteousness of your opinion! How calm are you?
To avoid any misunderstanding, I have to highlight that Self-mastery or Serenity does not mean indifference to what is happening around us, to the pain of our fellow humans, the destruction of Nature and all the difficulties we face. On the contrary, it means that we care enough to admit that we do not have all the answers or the power to correct everything, first in our lives and then in the lives of others. We recognize that we cannot control the future and that the plan which we believe to be the best, but now does not "come out", can eventually be replaced with something else, actually better, within the Creator's Great Plan, something we are not capable of understanding yet. By maintaining our Self-mastery and Serenity, we remain open to new possibilities that we had not initially thought of, including the Grace of God. Like the mountain, we know that the Grace of God exists as the primary element of everything and this Grace will take care of us in the best way if we wait. Like the mountain, we have all the time we need!
If we practice on Self-mastery in our everyday life, we will manage to control the tendency to be permanently troubled because we let our minds always lead us to the worst scenarios. The examples are many.
Reading the news, we allow pessimism to become the thief of our happiness. We see only damage and devastation, and we miss the miracles that happen all the time.
We face a failure in our plans and we act like this is the end of the world, and we don't see the "doors" that open at the same time.
We have no news from a loved one, and we create disastrous stories of what might have happened.
We can make an endless list of things and situations of our world that make us lose our inner peace.
Is useful and virtuous to show empathy and concern for all these, but is harmful to let the constant worrying to trap our consciousness, distract our attention and our readiness because it weakens us and leads us to wrong choices.
Jesus has given us the way we have to think:
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:31-34
This is Self-mastery in practice!
One of the best ways not to let lower desires, fears and worries drift us into their own game of misery is to use phrases that will animate and remind us that we are never alone in this incredible adventure called life.
Start the day by saying:
"I am already capable of doing all the right things for my happiness because God is my power."
This will erase your first worries about the day because you declare that God is the source of your power and reminds you that He will take care of you as it should.
"I am not a stone, I am a mountain, and nothing can move me away from my Creator."
This is another phrase that can help you stay stable when the "storms" of life hit you.
You can find your favourite phrase which will remind you that like a mountain you always live in God's Love, so no matter what you have to face, everything is going to be all right.
A second symbolism of the mountain exists in the Bible, but also in many Sacred Scriptures. In the Bible, the mountain has the notion of the Elevated Consciousness. It is a symbol of spiritual power and prayer. The Great Spiritual figures like Moses, Elijah and Jesus ascended the mountains for meditation and spiritual renewal, to talk to God.
We have to do the same. Instead of wandering in the desert of separation and loneliness of modern life, let us decide our ascension to the mountain. Let us raise our consciousness over the problems and fears and reach our Father again.
Apparently, it will not be an easy ascent, which is why we postpone it daily, justifying ourselves that we are not yet ready for it. But which incredible adventure is easy? Besides, even if we won't reach the summit, if only climb some meters, it will be an excellent advantage for our Soul and Spirit.
I love mountains and thank them for their tranquillity, their beauty and their prayers.
I have a mountain within me. I struggle to get to the summit to meet our Father there and to revere from above, His One an Undivided World.
You also have a mountain within you. Search the path for the top.
Thank you, my Father, for always standing on the top of my mountain, so I will never lose You.— Sean Dragon
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