Truth and Beauty: How Stories Point to Divinity Within

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty," – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. Ode on a Grecian Urn, J. Keats

Like many other people, I love to talk about the most recent developments on Game of Thrones. I have a little "fan club" among my circle of friends. We text about what happened. We discuss it over tea. We predict what might be happening and what patterns are being woven. We search the net for more ideas to share with each other. And we do it all over again each week.

It is fun. It is exciting to let the mind play. It provides energetic experiences as we replay what we saw, what it meant, what it could mean. But, of course, we know it is a story. We are discussing a story and enjoying the energetic experience that goes along with this. Drama is fun. It is beautiful.

There is a story of a monk who agreed to raise a child born out of wedlock that was not his. The mother told the community it was his, to diffuse the social consequences. In time, she claimed the child and told the community she had lied. The community started to gossip and rile up. The monk told them that at this moment, she was doing the right thing. The time to be mad was over - in the now, she was being noble. But, the community wanted the ego drama. They wanted to focus on beliefs like "She lied" and "She whored" and "She defamed a noble man and let us do it too". They didn't think about things like the needs of the child, or the growth of the woman, or the gift the monk had made in his kindness. That would not fuel the ego drama - it would be more Truth, and that does not make for good ego drama.

There are two types of stories: ego drama, and stories that point us to underlying truth by connecting us to beauty. When we are enamored with the pull on our soul from a piece of art, or a beautiful play or movie, what we experience is moving past the Egoic Self, in to the Truth. We are connected to Divinity, and may even be experiencing Unity.

We have each read books that took us out of this world, and made you cry, or laugh. We could not stop reading them, and dreaded seeing the ending approaching - because the experience would be over.

Why do we love great stories? It is not a coincidence that spiritual teachers have used stories to teach. Whether it is the Bible, or koans, they exist to take us out of egoic mind and move us past self.

In life, when we connect with another person's story from the heart, we are moving past ego drama to allow the beauty of the story to lead us to truth. Even stories that are about struggle can have beauty to them. And in that beauty, we begin to glimpse the essential truth of being.

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Comment by Regina Chouza on June 6, 2016 at 7:03pm

Hi Gail - Sounds good! Please send me a message when its done. For some reason I am no longer receiving the email updates when comments are made on the individual submissions

Blessings!

Regina

Comment by Gail Matheson, PhD on May 26, 2016 at 6:20pm
Thanks Regina. I will see ifI have more clarity around the divine reference and resubmit.
Comment by Regina Chouza on May 26, 2016 at 3:57pm

Hi Gail,   Thank you for submitting this article, it really is lovely.

My name is Regina, I'm one of the editors at OM Times. I have a few minor suggestions based on our submission guidelines. Please let me know if you have any questions

- First off, we try to stay away from any narratives that put the focus on the writer, by using the words "I" or "my" aiming for either 3rd person narratives, or first person plural (we). would you mind rephrasing the opening section where you talk about Game of Thrones so that its not about your fan club? For example, it could read "many of us love to discuss recent developments on TV shows like Game of Thrones, discussing the latest episodes over tea with our friends" etc.

The other comment is on the reference to Divinity in the title - I think that is fabulous but I am not sure that it came across as strongly as it could have in the piece.  Would you care to expand on that, perhaps discussing how our personal truths are connected to divinity and unity? You are are at 515 words know so there is room to expand (our length guidelines are 500-800).

Thank you!

Regina

ps ... As a rule, we don't capitalize concepts like 'divinity' or 'truth' or 'unity' , just FYI

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