Tale For The New Millennium | FMBR Short Story Entry 2016

FMBR Short Story Entry 2016

Tale For The New Millennium

Anton Grosz

It was towards the middle of June and the Sun was high in Gemini. A perfect time for a Sharing.

We met in a field of freshly mowed grass surrounded by beds of daisies. The red tea roses were just bursting forth and I swear I never saw more buds on a bush in my life. Sadly, it was just a little late for the pinks to show their finest, but we thanked them for their efforts just the same and they showered us with perfume in turn.

Across the field a bed of sunset orange poppies were lying in wait for passing bees. It's really fun to watch a bee inside a poppy, the way he goes round and round like in orgasm. Round and round and round and round and round and rou... It's really fun

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...So anyway, there were some bushes and wooden rail fencing here and there, and actually, I'm embarrassed to say, I really didn't take a good look at the field, it was already Feeling so strong. So please excuse me, it's the best image I can project in words. You're welcome, of course, to share the Feeling with me if you can and wish to.

Each day started at sunrise with individual meditation. Naturally, we all sat close in a circle so as to tap into total energy, but we stayed inside ourselves focusing on the Oneness in its personal aspect… as ‘I’. We weren't looking for anything cosmic that early in the morning, if you know what I mean. Nevertheless it was magnificent... the power, the absolute power.

I think it's truly amazing the way the energy multiplies when we are all together. Oh sure, we've all experienced that increase that comes when two or three of us merge. But to just Feel what it's like when dozens and dozens of New Ones come together for a Sharing and Everyone Reaches the One Together... Together...

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...Anyway, then we did Healings and then we would just get up and walk around and see what ideas and revelations would come as a result of all the new vistas available.

My favorite vistas was a small V-shaped lake flanked by pine on the convex side, a variety of summer leafers on the two concave legs, and a flat rock embankment, rising softly at the fulcrum. My focal point was the end of the right leg under the pines, a beautiful place for realizing the compatibility of divergent nature elements.

The scene brought to mind the Zen paintings of the Piscean Japanese… my eye following the perfect line of sky to rock mirrored by mirrored rock to watery sky. I saw the balance of nature and felt its perfection.

And then... most interesting... The slightest splash of yellow in the water where no corresponding swatch was mirrored on land. A reflection of something that does not exist? There seemed no logic for it and so I meditated on it...

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...A fisherperson in yellow shirt, sitting high up on the sloping rock, hidden from direct view by the full overhanging branches… yet in direct line of the reflective image bouncing off the surface of the lake, and thus, showing up only in the water.

Which was the true reality? The image which I saw directly, or the one which was only a reflection yet which revealed even more. Which is the Perfect Image which the One had planned for me to see? Which is perfect... which is the One... which is...

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...Obviously! The One Encompassing Overview with the two sub-images within, thereby causing Meditation on Duality. The farther back you stand the wider the view. Oh, this is fun...

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...Anyway, I decided that's the Feeling I would share with the group if I were asked to Lead. And so I did.

It was at the evening session on the second day. We were seated in the Circle as always, I in the center, telling a story by way of introduction. Walking round the perimeter... opening myself to them... sharing lines of sight... feeling the flow... feeling their flow... letting them feel my feelings...

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...and I can Feel that Feeling Felt by every warrior returning to his village, returning from the hunt. Circled by the curious who missed the great adventure, begging you to let them feel the Ecstasy you Felt...

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...and as I felt their longing to know start to grow I told them of the Vision at the lake and let them come in and share my Self...

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... H_____ broke the silence.

"That was beautiful", se said, "and we thank A___ for Sharing. It is, of course, where you put your eyes that determines what you see. And, of course, the farther back you stand the larger the ultimate understanding. There was a Seer behind A___ who saw both se and the lake."

"And saw a good balance of logic and intuition," said someone else and everyone smiled and nodded towards me. I protested good naturedly, pleased that my Sharing had gone well. After all, this was the first time for me in a group this size.

"I am reminded of a story," H_____ continued, "by a Feeling which A___ Shared in passing, of coming back to the cave after a mammoth hunt, ...or should I say Mammoth Hunt..."

Se paused and glanced at us all as if to accentuate the little aural play of relating at the level of sounds at the expense of the symbolism of the words; what used to be called a Pun, so I've heard. H_____ loved humor, the change of pace, the non sequitur. Se loved to laugh, se loved to be happy. And it was se fondest wish that all other Selfs should be happy too.

"My story, too, takes place in a sylvan setting and leads to the realization of the larger picture by stepping backwards, or upwards in this case. The link is the Circle Itself, the very Circle in which we are seated.

Se eyelids began to flutter and close as se prepared to give a Sharing. I scrunched around to make myself as set and comfortable as possible. H_____ is a master storyteller and I didn't want to miss a thing. All around me others were scrunching, too. Only H_____ was completely internal being the only one who knew what was going to happen next...

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..."Once, in a time and place not very far from here and now, there was a forest. It was a circular forest and all the people lived around the outside. However, for the longest of times, no one knew that the forest was circular, for nobody had gone far enough away from where se started to ever find out.

One day some brave young adventurer decided to travel farther away from home than anyone had ever traveled before. Se headed out from the village, not really knowing where se was going, but sure of se destination.

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Now Feel the scene. Feel what I Feel... Become that adventurer... Here you are maybe twelve, thirteen, fifteen years tops. You're the one who always leads the parties out scouting new Vistas. You're the one who has traveled for days and days all alone looking for the scene never before by human eyes seen. You're the one who has sat before the fire wondering... wondering... wondering...

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...And you're the one who comes away from the fire with the Truth of your whole life there before your inside eye. You will do it or die. You will find out what it is that is at the end of the forest!...

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...And off you go, out from your village, across familiar pastures, through familiar towns. Then to the valleys, only seldom visited, and on to the point where you apogeed before...

...And the forest is on your left...

...Onward you continue, to visions never visited, past rivers never forded, up mountains never climbed. True to your promise and the vow that burns within you, to reach where you are going no matter what the cost...

...And yet the forest remains on your left...

...Out past the point where returning is reality, over hungry crevasses, beyond the marsh and fen. Seasons turn to seasons and home becomes a memory, those you know will never know the places you have been...

...And still the forest passes on your left...

...Can you imagine the wonder and confusion as scenes become familiar, as vistas come to life. Your eyes cannot be trusted, this has no sense or reasoning, you must be deep in ecstasy, your body just a shell...

...For indeed the forest is still on your left!!!...

...Then comes a village you know as a reality, the thought is not deniable, to meet old friends and sights. But reason has gone haywire, and logic is an enemy, in past you reached this village with the forest on your right!!!...

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...You break into a run at the spark of intuition, your inner eye is guiding where your body cannot see. It's all so clear when viewed aright, the Circle is fulfilled. Returning home you Share with all, completing Destiny..."

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Oh, it was beautiful. H_____ can Share so well.

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I soared high above the forest, so high that the forest became only the tiniest circle below. A circle on a sphere. Nothing special once it is seen, once it is understood. But oh, such a giant leap for a mind that can only see it internally… can only see internally something that no one has ever even considered before.

The forest is a circle...
The earth is a sphere...
The universe is inside us...
We are One...

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...When we emerged from meditation there was a Feeling of One so strong that I could not help but laugh and laugh till my sides hurt at the beauty of it all. Oh how beautiful it is... how absolutely beautiful.

And then we felt the Oneness focusing towards a spot just beyond our circle and we looked and saw an Old One seated beside a rock at the edge of the field. Se was wrapped only in a long robe which once must have been white but which now defied any color definition other than old. The Oneness was strong in se direction and we all went over and hugged se and rubbed se feet and offered se fruit which we had saved from the evening meal. Tears came to se eyes and suddenly we all Knew that se was a special Blessing come to share our Sharing.

"Welcome and Peace", said H_____, "Your presence brings beauty and love to our Sharing."

The Old One nodded in response. "Thank you," se sighed in a voice low and sweet, soft and filled with long physical life. "I have prayed for the day when I could walk through the world and come upon groups such as this. It is You who bring Beauty and Love to one for whom it has always been the only goal worth seeking."

It was beginning to get dark and the evening had turned decidedly cool. Rather than have the Old One move to where we had set the wood for a fire, we restacked the logs and lit them in front of se. Old Ones are a blessing and one tries to make their remaining days on Earth as gentle as possible.

E_____ had brought se harp, the small kind that you hold on your lap. Se began to sing in that beautiful sweet tone of se, and I could feel what the One had intended the human voice to be. Some of us got up and danced to the sounds which rippled off se lap like a rainbow above a waterfall. I just sat at se feet and hummed quietly in the background, joining the breeze swaying trees in accentuating se presence by the addition of harmony.

Time stopped, it was so beautiful. We became the Music and the Love and the Universe was at Peace... as it was always meant to be. My heart was bursting... and just for a moment I felt a twinge of pain for the Old One and for others of se era who, so I have been told, sometimes went through entire physical lifetimes without even once knowing this Feeling of Peace and Love. I shuddered at the thought of such a tortured life.

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By now the stars were lit in all their glory and across the field, away from the fire, a small group had gathered around G_____ who was describing the Universe from the point of view of physical creation.

"There is Existence... a Feeling... a Throbbing... a
Consciousness of Being. There is nothing else, and yet,
Consciousness exists everywhere. There is an Implosion as Total
Consciousness merges into Individual Consciousness. The
Universe is formed... Time begins... Three dimensions are created
out of four. Consciousness of the totality still exists."

G_____ likes to think. Back in the Old Era se would have been a scientist or someone who dealt with money. Me, every time I try to think it hurts, so I just Feel. Try looking at the moon and thinking about the fact that there is this huge ball of rock just hanging there above your head. Thinking about that can really get my head spinning. Feeling it just makes me want to laugh at the beauty and balance of it all.

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Gradually the group around the fire dispersed. Some left alone to Meditate or sleep, others in pairs to Share in physical Love. The Old One was in meditation. H_____ had put a blanket over se shoulders and was preparing to spend the night at se side. E_____ was still playing so I saw no need to leave. How could I possibly improve the environment I was already experiencing.

This beautiful day was ending... but there would be another one tomorrow... tomorrow... and tomorrow...

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Author Bio

Anton Grosz' life changing Death Return Experience, (DRE), 38 years ago at age 37, led to his studying the experiential nature of reality and becoming a Phenomenologist, with a PhD in The Evolution of Human Consciousness. He and Phyllis, his wife of 52 years, live in San Francisco, where he serves as spiritual counselor for a hospice.