The Story of the Golden Buddha – MKE Week One

Centuries ago there existed a Golden Buddha.  Scholars are unsure of its origin, but the story seems to be historically true.  At some point, the statue was covered in clay, camouflaging its beauty in a thick layer of plaster to prevent it from being stolen by invaders. The statue remained hidden and undiscovered among the ruins of the country.

Centuries later, the plaster covered Buddha was moved to a new location.  There are a variety of accounts of what happened next, but what is clear is that in an attempt to place the “plaster statue” upon its new pedestal, it fell to the ground and pieces of the plaster began to chip off, allowing  the golden surface underneath to be seen.  Hours later, with all the plaster and clay removed, the Buddha made of solid gold was revealed, precious on all accounts.

Suddenly the statue was seen of high worth, considered to be a priceless treasure. But how? It was not the Buddha that had changed, it was simply the perception of the object.

The Golden Buddha now resides in Thailand and every year millions of visitors go to see this magnificent work of art and worship.

Imagine…it may have never been uncovered, yet…..

The parable ….

Like the Buddha, we are all perfection upon conception and at birth.  Life’s circumstances along with well-meaning family members, teachers, and even religious leaders unintentionally have applied layers of plaster upon us over the years in an effort to protect us from perceived dangers, and we have accepted this as our reality. Moreover, the plaster is thick and heavy and often we simply are drawn down by the weight of it and lay in ruins because at times it just seems to be too much.

Awakening of our bliss moves us like the Buddha to a new foundation where we can begin to chip away at the clay.  This is the Master Key Experience!

At times you will need great courage to continue your journey.  There may be tears, perceived losses, and even discomfort.

This awakening can sometimes be painful.  As one sheds the plaster, at times the gold that peaks from beneath is so bright it is frightening, even blinding, but with persistence the awe and splendor will push us forward and towards our bliss (our inward existing perfection) ~ a journey that will take us us from self-criticism to self-acceptance and love.

The beauty inside you has always been there, but we need tools to chisel away the layers of muck, and this is what the Master Key Experience gives us.  Sometimes the task will seem easy, at times impossible.  Like a marathon runner we must train and exercise.  Do the work, keep your tools sharp, and persist onward.  In the beginning, the finish line may seem far off in the distance, but with persistence you will arrive. So giddy up and go get the gold that is within you!

Imagine what you will disover…..

Peace and love,

Dana

 

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