“Everyone who comes to me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you who he is like. He is like a man building a house, who dug and went deep, and laid a foundation on the rock. When a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it was founded on the rock. But he who hears, and doesn’t do, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” – Luke 6:47-49
As with many parables, there are many interpretations depending on the person reading and their relation to that particular story. This speaks to me in a few ways, one way very strongly. So many people today are always seeking externals in there life, so much time, effort and money is put in to gaining more and more externally and the inside is almost forgotten about, where as within lies your greatest power. Being in control of oneself and possessing a solid inside that is impenetrable is far more valuable to me than any external good, I’m sure there are many out there and some reading this who feel the same. Building this solid inner foundation is truly priceless. The inner strength that allows you to live your life staying true to yourself, to deflect others negative views and remarks and to be able to get back up, time and time again and keep going. Also having that belief that you are worthy of what you desire whilst also carrying the thought that you already have everything to be grateful for. This powerful internal self that you have built is ready to take on the world. Those that seek externals get caught up in always wanting more and once they loose it, lack the strength to give it another go and get it again. If you can keep digging and lay your foundations deep within yourself, in times of hardship and stormy times you will not be swayed, when a river bursts its banks and you are flooded, you will stand erect, un shaken and grounded within yourself, ready to take action.
In the book written by Eckart Tolle ‘the power of now’ (which you should read if you haven’t done so! MANDATORY READING!) Page 99 he also touches on this parable in a slightly different way to what we have spoken about here. Here he speaks about being in “conscious contact with your inner body, you are like a tree that is deeply rooted in the earth, or a building with a deep and solid foundation.” He means to stay present within yourself to stop conditioned reactions to life, taking control of your actions and emotions and not letting them control you. I think this can be linked in to what we were saying earlier about building this strong inner self, spiritually being in touch with who you are, not letting life control you, being in control of your own life.
Is there anything more empowering than that?
What are your thoughts on all of this?