Are you covered in clay?
You might be thinking Will what the hell are you talking about? In fact, I am sure you are.
The best was to explain this is to tell you briefly about the story of The Golden Buddha – understanding it could just change your life.
In 1957 a group of monks needed to relocate a sacred giant clay Buddha statue from their temple to a new location, as their monastery was being relocated to make room for a new road through Bangkok. During the move of the giant monument, it began to crack. As light was shown onto the statue, a glimmer and reflection could be seen. Curious and confused the crew began to break though layers of centuries-old clay to reveal a lavish Golden Buddha! Now a priceless monument, the statue sits in Bangkok at Wat Traimit Temple where it is admired by millions of visitors every year.
Historians believe the Buddha had been covered with clay by Thai monks several hundred years earlier. After realising their country would soon be attacked by the Burmese army, these monks covered their precious golden Buddha with an outer covering of clay in order to keep their treasure from being stolen by the Burmese. Unfortunately, all of the monks were killed in the attack, but their well-kept secret of the golden Buddha remained intact until its discovery in 1957.
There’s a lot of meaning behind this story, which brings me to my original question, ‘Are you covered in clay?’
You see each of us has a Golden Buddha within us. I believe that we are all born “golden.” When we were children, we all had dreams. We all believed in fairness. We didn’t understand or place judgment on others for how they looked, what they imagined, or where they lived. As we grow up though and become exposed to the realities of our environments, the opinions and influences of the adults in our worlds, and experience hurt for expressing beliefs and emotions, we start to protect ourselves.
Yes, there is neuroscience behind this. You can look up David Rock and the SCARF model on your own, but the gist of it is that over time we cover up what’s “golden” about us. Rather than show it and risk it being stolen or damaged, we hide it in order to survive.
Every time we are judged or criticised, we plaster ourselves in clay just a little bit more. Every time, we feel emotional pain from another person, we add another layer of protection. Every time we doubt our abilities, reputations, our worth, we pile on another layer of clay.
Don’t worry there is a positive to this!
The Golden Buddha was rediscovered. It took force to move it, and that force caused a crack. A crack that allowed the gold to shine through. At some point in our lives, we find that thing to “move” us. That moment where we say don’t count me out just yet, there’s value in me!
I know I don’t have any direct influence over any of you, but if it helps, I’m giving you permission to tear down your layers. Really, it’s ok. Be your own force. Get back in touch with the best and “golden” parts of yourself.
You’ve got at least one person here, in me, who will shine the light on it, and you’ll probably realise you have many more supporters out there than you do invaders.
Until next time… make it happen.
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