What Is Reality?
We think that the world is as it appears.
But what appears is not necessary the whole
picture. Reality many times is bigger than
what we see and observe.
There were two identical twin girls,
and Anne in the womb of their mother.
had been there for the last eight months.
Life was very enjoyable for the twins.
was a constant source of food for each
them, their home was warm and cosy.
enjoyed the lovely soft water that
them. They slept and played. One of
favorite games was kickboxing!
One day, they got into an argument.
that how much she was looking forward
the day when she could see the mommy
to face. Anne said, how do you know
is a mommy? Amy said, well of course
is a mommy, look at how wonderful our
is. We couldn't have this if there
mommy. Anne said, well, if there is
show her to me. If I can't see her,
believe there is one.
Amy couldn't show Anne the mommy, but
could feel her presence and her love.
discussion and argument went on for
a month. Amy used to say to Anne, you
to believe, you have to trust. And
respond, 'Stop being so simple, so
Use your mind and put your trust only
that which your mind can determine.'
Then one day their world became quite
The walls started squeezing them into
space. Amy cried out, Mommy I know
out there. I need you now. Anne just
and cried. She was at a total loss
to understand what was happening. Her
couldn't explain it. She was full of
Finally she called out, mommy, I hope
exist because I am afraid and need
to calm my fear.
And the twins were born. After the
shock of it all, they both felt the
and the love they had felt in their
home. Anne realized that Amy was right.
is a mommy. The warmth she felt before
feels now was the very presence of
You see, the reality we do not see
powerful, more certain, has a deeper
than the reality that we do see. It
to remember this. When sickness, trauma,
or tragedy hit us, when our loved ones
ill, injured or die, remember that
is more in life than we can see. There
a deeper reality. A deeper meaning.
As the fourth century Saint John Chrysostom
said "Let us not then be disturbed,
neither dismayed, when trials befall
For if the gold refiner sees how long
ought to leave the piece of gold in
and when he ought to draw it out, and
not allow it to remain in the fire
it is destroyed and burnt up: much
God understand this, and when He sees
we have become more pure, He releases
from our trials so that we may not
and cast down by the proliferation
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