Monday, November 27, 2006

Book Recommendation: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

A couple months ago, a friend lent me a book that I could not put down. The book was both prophetic and profound. If any of you has ever read The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, you know exactly what I'm talking about. There is a particularly thoughtful excerpt from the chapter on Pain that I thought I'd share with all of you as we begin this journey towards greater awareness.

As you all know, there's a great deal of emotional/spiritual pain that comes with awareness. We must accept that there is no way to avoid the pain to come should one choose to seek wisdom and raise ones consciousness.

Mahatma Ghandi once said: "Those with the greatest awareness have the greatest nightmares".

Khalil Gibran on Pain:
"And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain. And he said: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility: For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen". That's powerful! Please, pick up the book if you get a chance.