Find a Lifeboat

Lifeboat

Our ship is sinking.
If you cling to it you will die.
Where are the lifeboats?

My last blogpost got me thinking.  If my children were to read it and ask me:  “Papa, what do you mean?  What is a lifeboat and where can I find one?  I don’t want to die!”

What would I tell them?

Dear kids,

This story concerns you.  The Titanic is your body.  Rose represents you, the person inside the body.  The lifeboat is the “thing” that will allow you to “detach” from the body.  If you cling to the body (identify with it) you will die with it.  You are not your body, but a person inside the body.

In the film Titanic, Mr. Andrews was the shipbuilder.  He knew the ship, he built it.  Who built your physical body?  It doesn’t really matter who built it, what matters is the vital information he gives you concerning it:  “I assure you, she can sink…  and she will.  It’s a mathematical certainly.”

He also tells Rose to get to a lifeboat quickly:  “Don’t wait.  You remember what I told you about the lifeboats?”

What is a lifeboat?  Is it something far away which is hard to find?  No, it’s easy to find and it’s not far away.  The lifeboat is not in the air, under the sea or on land.  The lifeboat is on the ship!  Remember, the ship is your body.  The lifeboat is inside your own body, not outside of it.

Once you find a lifeboat what are you going to do?  Sit in it and pray?  No, the lifeboat has to be hoisted down, down, down until it touches the cold, dark, roaring sea.  It’s going to be scary.  Some people might tell you that’s it safer to remain onboard the big ship, that you have plenty of time, that another ship will come and rescue you.

Don’t listen to them.  Get on the lifeboat quickly.  Make sure it’s hoisted down.  And then what?  Cling to the ship?  No, if you do that, your lifeboat will be pulled downward along with the ship when it sinks.  You need to paddle far away from the ship.

Kids:  “Papa, I still don’t know what a lifeboat is and where to find one!”

Listen children.  Don’t panic.  You need to find something within you that allows you to turn your attention away from your physical body, it’s appearances and it’s insatiable greedy desires.  You are not your body.  You are Rose, the person inside the body.  Give life to this person.  Save this person before she drowns.

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