by Peter Melton
I believe that Peter, a wise friend from Oregon, meant this parable to be read aloud. There are two parts, so perhaps it’s for two people to read aloud to each other Love, Harvey Austin, 2021
Once upon a timeless moment, before there was such a thing as time, there was a huge ocean that splashed all around on a beautiful planet. One day, the ocean laughed as it overheard two of the splashes talking.
“Get away, quit chasing me, you’re scaring me” said a small wave to a larger wave behind it.
“Sorry, I don’t mean to scare you,” replied the bigger wave.
“But you’re so big and you keep following me,”
“It might look like I’m big and scary, but to the ocean we are all part of one big show,” said the bigger wave.
“What’s an ocean? What are you talking about?” asked the little wave
“In order to answer that, I will need to explain a few things.”
“Explain a few things?”
“Yes, you see, there is a lot more going on than you think and how you look at things is very important.”
“How I look at things?”
“Your life is happening in two different ways at the same time. Both ways are real and both true.”
“How does that work?”
“Well, there is an ‘individual’ point of view where it seems like little you is over there and big scary me is over here. You think that we are separate waves and so that is true for you.”
“So what is this other way?”
“The other way is called the big picture or the ‘unified’ point of view. In this unified story, you are aware of yourself as both the ocean and one of the waves it has created.”
“What’s an ocean? Where is this ocean you keep speaking of?”
“The ocean is all around us. It is a huge body of water.”
“Water, what’s water?”
“Water is what we are made of and it is what the ocean is made of too. When this water-filled ocean expresses itself, it creates all of us watery waves.”
“How do you know all this?”
“I’m not sure how I know it, it’s just something that feels true for me.”
“How come I can’t see this water or feel this ocean thing?”
“Hmm. . .That’s what I was trying to explain, you see, you are the ocean and you are a wave that the ocean created.”
“Wait a minute, if I am the ocean and I am a wave, then how come I only feel like I am the wave?”
“Well, that takes us back to how you are looking at things. If you are looking at life the individual and separate way, then it is really hard to feel the unified way.”
“How come I don’t know any of this?”
“Sometimes we remember and sometimes we forget.”
“Well, I want to remember more!”
“Yes, we all want to, but in order to feel the joy of remembering, we had to forget something first. It seems as though we decided to forget something really important, we forgot the bigger truth of who we really are.”
“So are you trying to tell me that I am a little wave who forgot that I am also the big ocean?”
“Yep, that’s what I think.”
“Can this really be happening?”
“I think so, does it feel true to you?”
“Yes, it does feel true to me and I think I am feeling that remembering thing right now.”
“Does it feel good?”
“Yes, I feel great and I want to feel like this all the time.”
“Well, since you love the feeling of remembering so much, you will probably choose to forget again.”
“So I can remember again?”
“So this remembering and forgetting thing, does it go on forever?”
“That is another great question, and once again it all depends on how you look at things. From the unified point of view, this does go on forever and you are glad it does because it is so much fun.”
“What happens to the individual way?”
“If you think you are separate, you will continue to remember and forget until your time as a wave is done.”
“What happens, when I’m not a wave anymore?”
“Well, as you crash on the shore, the wave you were blends back into the ocean that you always are and have always been.”
“Oh, I get it now. At that time, the wave part of me will rejoin with the ocean part of me.”
“Yes, exactly. We are all waves in the one great ocean.”
“Just splashing around, remembering and forgetting?”
“Yes, just splashing around on this journey of remembering”
“And remembering again…”
“And forgetting again I suppose.”
“I Love You”
“Thank You, I Love You too.”
“But wait, since I am connected to you… then actually…I Love Us, I mean WE Love US.””
“Yes. Yes, we do.”
“Hey look, here comes the shore…Is it my time?”
Yes, it is. Have fun!
“Have fun? I’m really scared.”
It’s OK to be scared, you’ll be fine.
“Here I go… weeeee!”
“Hey, hey little wave?
Are you there?
“YES, HEY I’M HERE,
I AM STILL HERE!
THIS IS GREAT…
YOU WERE RIGHT,
I WAS A WAVE AND
NOW I AM THE OCEAN!”
“What’s an Ocean?” the big wave replied, playing.
The ocean laughed again,
a new wave was created
and a new timeless moment began…