1. Here it tells how the non-meaning of life can be converted into meaning and fulfillment.
2. Here are joy, love of the body, of nature, of humanity, and of the spirit.
3. Here sacrifices, feelings of guilt, and threats from the beyond are rejected.
4. Here the worldly is not opposed to the eternal.
5. Here it tells of the inner revelation at which all arrive who carefully meditate in humble search.
– Silo’s Message
“When you harm others you remain enchained. But if you do not harm anyone, you can freely do whatever you want.” – Silo’s Message – Principle #9
When they arrived at the town they immediately began hearing all sorts of stories about the wise one. The sage was considered such because his answers to tough questions were almost always given promptly, with love and simplicity.
Loamhar wanted to understand deeply the meaning of freedom. He wanted to understand beyond what seemed apparent. Loamhar knew that when he harmed others he became enchained to that action. He well understood that any damage done to others was also permanent damage to himself. And when there was apparently no wrong done, how could the sage claim that one could do whatever one wanted? It was almost boundless freedom … It was simply a revolutionary idea. The words “Whatever you want” floated in his imagination with a mixture of longing and deep apprehension.
Loamhar look into the wise one’s eyes and asked: “What is the correct behavior?”
The wise man looked back and said, “You already know that.”
Loamhar did not need to respond because he knew that his own freedom began and ended exactly where the freedom of others began. Smiling, the sage said, “Since you’ve learned the most important thing, I guess you want to know how to recognize what impedes us from doing what we want.”
Loamhar felt that the wise man could read his thoughts and silently nodded affirmatively.
“The way to recognize it is by its aggression,” said the sage. “If you are able to name what stops you in your actions, only then you can avoid it.”
Loamhar did not fully understand what the sage meant and quietly asked him to clarify. The sage only said to observe nature around him.
Loamhar gave thanks without words for the attention of the wise one, and as he was descending the mountain that afternoon, he sat to meditate on the words spoken by that extraordinary human being. After much thought he concluded that the wise words were not at all clear and decided to just pay attention to the natural world around him, with the intuition that their meaning would be revealed.
It was a hot day and a small gadfly bit him on the arm. Annoyed at the intrusion, Loahmar took the gadfly by the wings and asked, “Why did you attack me?” And the gadfly said, “I just need to eat. You are the one who is supposed to learn from this experience.”
Surprised, Loahmar realized that the sting was a signal of what he was expecting. He named it without hesitation “Sacrifice.” As he understood how every sacrifice had bitten his mind, he understood that he could not act and be free if that type of discomfort were the motivator for his actions.
Some hours later, almost at dusk, more insects began biting his face. Again he knew that this was precisely the same pain he had felt many times internally when guilt had seized him and detained him in his acts or had forced him to act without conviction. Without doubt, the best name he could find for the mosquito was “Guilt.”
In the long hours of the night that followed he awoke several times to feel that his legs had been bitten again. It was a different sting. Dark, cold and unforgiving. He opened his eyes in the dim light and felt the poison entering his blood. He knew instantly that there was a big spider nearby, and as fear enveloped him with its network of ghosts, he unhesitatingly named the spider “Fear.”
Sleep took over the rest of the night and Loahmar dreamed he was before the sage explaining his experience in naming the internal enemies of freedom. He felt his questions had been answered. He woke up and realized with great calm in the silence of dawn that to learn to act without fear, without guilt and without sacrifice was the way of correct action.
The taste of freedom filled all his senses. The sage winked at him and said:
“We hope that in the future the word NORMAL leaves the faction of the irresponsible, so that it can be used with all the dignity the word deserves.
Then it will be said:
“It is normal to receive help you when you need it,
It is normal to forget that I have helped you;
It is normal to think that you are not guilty and that I was wrong;
It is normal that I take responsibility but without any guilt;
It is normal that I do not have to give or receive forgiveness, because you and I are reconciled.”