Honor your inmost longing for you are that. There is nothing outside of yourself that will ever satisfy you more. Despite their good intentions, another’s idea about what you are and what you need will always miss the mark, because they do not know who you are nor what lies within your heart.
In Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, “The Ugly Duckling,” a cygnet hatched by a mother duck is treated badly because he doesn’t look the way a duckling should. No one recognizes that he is not a duck at all and everyone has a different idea about what he needs, none of which are right for him. Even he doesn’t know himself, because he has always seen himself through the cruel eyes of others.
It isn’t until he encounters a bevy of swans that he gets the first glimmer of truth about himself, but they fly away before he can learn more and he spends a long winter alone. When the swans return in the spring, he is drawn to them but fears rejection. His experiences with the cruel and insensitive have damaged him, but he manages to overcome his fear of rejection and approaches the group. For the first time in his young life, he is unconditionally accepted by others. Still, it isn’t until he sees his own reflection that he begins to understand the truth of who he really is…a beautiful swan. You can read the story here: http://hca.gilead.org.il/ugly_duc.html
Hamsa is a Sanskrit word that means swan, but it has another meaning, “I am that.”
It also happens to be my favorite meditation mantra, breathing in the sound “Hummmm” and exhaling “Saha.” Inhale “I am” and exhale “that.” This is a reminder that there is no “that” outside of oneself. Subject and object are illusions, because the world is not dualistic. You are not separate from God or All That Is. Hamsa is a fundamental recognition of oneness with All That Is. You have both the means and the end within you to be your inmost longing…to be the swan that you are.
About the Author:
Hello, my name is Robert W. Grant and I am the editor in chief at NT Publishing Company.
I am passionate about books and love hanging out in bookstores, especially those with plenty of character. Among my many interests are martial arts. I come from a long line of Taoist, who left their sheltered lives in a mountain monastery to wander a world filled with raw beauty. These wandering monks have a long tradition of telling stories that both entertain and teach. I promised my sifu I would keep the tradition of storytelling alive and began developing a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in an epic conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to ensure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. It is the story of a young lawyer’s call to action in an epic struggle with his former client. He finds love, redemption, and a worthy life purpose. It is an easy fast read with subtle depth and humor. The result is a first-rate thriller with a mystical twist that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next.
It is my dream to bring quality books to readers all over the world. I am the author of author of Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly. You can find my books at all major book sellers. Future books will include non-fiction titles that help others navigate the twists and turns of modern life in a shrinking world. Come, open a book and let your mind travel to places you never knew existed.
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