Sunday, October 01, 2006


Pushing a Chain -Part 1

It's much easier to pull a chain down the road than push a chain down the road. So why does life seem so much like pushing a chain instead of pulling one?

This is an interesting question and has a metaphysical answer because in many ways life is like pushing a chain down the road.

When we begin a project and apply our energy to it complications arise almost immediately that siphon away reserves of energy and effort. This is so true that many metaphysical and spiritual traditions refer to the phenomenon.

When Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden of Eden the entrance was blocked by an angel with a sword that turned in every direction. The concept of a sword turning in every direction is much the same and pushing a chain.

Parsifal was doomed to wander every road upon the earth until he found salvation. Wandering every road is another way of saying the same thing.

Another biblical reference tells of every stone in the field being turned against those that earned the wrath of God.

In ordinary physics we might find an useful analogy in the damming of a river and creating a resevour or lake. The water will try to escape in any direction possible and will only rise when there is no other possible choice.

When we set upon an enterprise we encounter a similar phenomenon that is universal. That is why it is at times easier to be pulled by someone else than insist upon working toward your personal goal.

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