Back in June of 2006, The Grasshopper gave me a great name for a book, THE MAGIC CALDRON. I haven’t written it but if I do, this will be the framework.
There is a part of us that takes care of all that needs taking care of. It’s not our head; it’s not our heart, but something bigger – a gigantic caldron where magic happens.
Imagine for a moment that your head is a pint container and your heart can hold a gallon. Then imagine your magic caldron is as large as all the oceans of the earth combined. Pretend that your difficulty is a thimble full of arsenic. That amount in a pint container would surely poison your mind and it would do quite a job on your gallon container as well. What effect would a thimble full of arsenic have on the world’s oceans? It would become diluted and be taken care of with no ill effects.
The Magic Caldron is where all transmutation takes place.
The Buddha had a practice where he would ask you to give him your pain. He took your pain and deposited it in, what I’m calling, THE MAGIC CALDRON where it was washed away. He didn’t keep it in his mind nor did he keep it in his heart. He took it to the only place where it could be taken care of.
The major difficulty with difficulty is that we make the effort to solve it with our mind and our heart. They are not equipped to deal with this amount of poison. We need to deposit the stain of pain in a much bigger container where the cleansing power is powerful and effective.
Jerry Stocking uses the metaphor of the 3 bears in his teachings to help people get to where they need to be to dilute the difficulty – so their hearts and minds function more freely. I haven’t taken his course on this but experiencing his past work, I can attest to its value. He’s one of a kind.
There is self-help available everywhere. The main problem I see with the genre is that most of it is designed to get you something – health, wealth, confidence, etc. I have no quarrel with that. In fact, it’s part of my business to help people achieve those goals. Very little of the self-help field points you to THE MAGIC CALDRON. They use a bevy of techniques that deal with the difficulty on the head and heart level. That can be quite a relief for many, but it’s usually temporary and the problem shows up again dressed in another suit of clothes.
Self-help, in general, is like acne cream. It’s a topical ointment that does nothing about the cause of the condition. The quickest and simplest step is to get to the magic caldron. If you are a religious person, you probably have heard the phrase, “Let go and let God.” That is only a partial direction. The “how” is left out of that directive.
The mind and heart cleansing comes about automatically when you take your troubles to THE MAGIC CALDRON. You get there by employing some form of mind quieting practice – meditation, self-hypnosis, tai-chi, yoga, chi-gong, or paying attention to the present moment. Enter this activity with the intent of washing away your pain. It just has to be an intention – nothing more – no repeating of mantras or affirmations, or visualizations – just have the intention and do your practice.
Doing this regularly will drain the poison from your mind and heart and dissolve it.
The final instruction is most helpful. When you begin this practice, you may not achieve instant results. It does take practice. So when your pain surfaces in your non-meditative state, just mentally imagine your difficulty being deposited into THE MAGIC CALDRON where it can be cleansed. It will be enough to get you over the hump until the hump flattens out.
If you are a melting pot of misery, may I suggest you find a larger container and find out first hand that you can take care of your woes by putting them in THE MAGIC CALDRON.
All the best,
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