21 Mar Foundational Thinking #9
The Narrow Path
This is the path that all must travel. It is that narrow path alluded to in the Teaching about the straight gate and the fact that very FEW are they who find it. The reason is simple. It is the totally inward journey. This is why Jesus taught that the “kingdom is within,” and you must “become as children” in order to enter.
The reason for being as a child is because children usually are non-defensive. It is the defenses that prevent adults from entering into the within. As adults we must go within ourselves and understand the why’s and wherefore’s of everything we do. It will be through understanding and gaining control over the emotional responses. It is the emotions that cause the greatest damage to a person. Here is the Teaching about that: “18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man.” (Matthew 15:18-20)
We see in the first part of this Teaching that most will traverse the broad path that leads to destruction. There is another Teaching that echoes this Teaching: “And He spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?” (Luke 6:39.) Another Teaching, or in this case an observation by Jesus, when he said: “Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge; ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” (Luke 11:52).
It is said that life is what you make it. The truth is that the life you make is a reflection of your subconscious concepts in action. To truly create the life you want, you will need to go within and gain control over the patterns of behavior as they are the method by which you are manifesting your concepts.
Those who follow man’s teachings are on this broad path. The “narrow path” will take you where you need to go. Don’t be blind. Get off the broad road.