There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in ~ Leonard Cohen
In 1954, a monastery was being relocated to make room for a new highway. The monks arranged for a crane to come and move a clay Buddha to its new location. When the crane started to lift the statue, it was much heavier than expected and almost immediately began to crack. Wanting to protect the priceless shrine, the monks lowered it back down and decided to wait until morning to bring more powerful equipment.
As the night grew darker, the rain set in. Unsure of what to do, the monks lovingly covered the statue with tarps to keep the moisture away. Unable to contain his curiosity and honoring his intuition, the head monk took his flashlight out to just check on the Buddha one last time for the night. Much to his surprise and completely validating his intuition, as the light of the flashlight shone onto the Buddha, he saw a glimmer. There was a reflection of something underneath the shrouds of clay. He started to carefully chisel away shards of clay to find that the glimmer grew brighter and brighter. He spent the entire night chiseling and uncovered the entire statue.
Unbeknownst to him, it was a solid gold statue...the Golden Buddha.
The story behind this clay Buddha is that it was once covered in clay to mask its presence. It was the most amazing Buddha statue ever made and the monks who were in possession knew the Burmese army were planning an attack. The monks were determined to protect the shrine as they knew that the Burmese would stop at nothing to steal the statue because of its tremendous value. They covered the Golden Buddha with 12 inches of clay, knowing that the warriors would ignore it and find it worthless. Needless to say, the Buddha survived yet sadly, the monks did not and the secret of the Golden Buddha stayed hidden for centuries.
Today, the restored Golden Buddha resides in The Temple of the Golden Buddha in Bangkok and is one of the most significant tourist attractions. The solid gold Buddha is valued at nearly $250M and every year, millions of people visit The Temple and worship the Buddha at his feet. Whether they stay for a moment or for hours, they stand in awe to think The Golden Buddha may have never been uncovered had the head monk not honored his intuition.
The story always chokes me up a bit to think about the importance of recognizing how many layers of ‘clay’ we all have on us and what’s masking our intuition. Masking ourselves from the world is a learned behavior and for most, a survival behavior. From an early age we begin to cover ourselves up to please others, to conform to society’s norms or simply just to fit in and find solace in surviving. Over time, this blocks us from accessing our full potential...our truth, our gold.
The story represents not only what we do to our children when raising them but also how our childhood still play a role in our everyday lives. Words are used to protect us yet quite often they do just the opposite. Words leave scars and cycle around in our unconscious mind for decades blocking access to our gold. Think about it, we entered into this world as wondrous, inquisitive miracles who believed in magic, fairy tales and knew that all things were possible. Yet over time, fear was instilled in us from someone else’s fear. Doubt was introduced to us from someone else’s insecurities. Words were spoken that validated someone else’s ‘clay’...and those words were then internalized by us. We now own them. Cycle through them. And mistakenly honor them as truth. Those words create the layers of ‘clay’ that fill our unconscious mind and greatly impact how we show up in the world. They shut down our creative access. They paralyze our curiosity. And most often they silence our intuition.
Chiseling away at the layers, releasing the old stories, interrupting the patterns and allowing the light to reflect into the cracks exposes the best versions of us...our Golden Self. Creating awareness around that space is where change happens. Like the chisel on the Buddha, creating awareness and then with great intention, exposing the Golden Self allows full access. We awaken our curiosity. We use our voices and we begin to step into our power. We then honor our creative, inquisitive and wondrous Golden Self.
What powerful version of you would come shining though if the clay was removed?
What would be different for you?
What are you capable of?
What will you then accomplish?
There are endless resources available if chiseling away at the ‘clay’ and creating a space where the light can shine through is your dream. Whether is daily affirmations, guided meditations, nearby classes, blogs, books or you can hire a Transformational Coach like me.
Crack it open...let your light shine.
How amazing’er would the world be with your Golden Self fully exposed? Yep, I said it, amazing’er.
Let’s spend 2020 taking care of ourselves first. The brighter our lights shine the brighter the world becomes. And with that...all things are possible.
Love and light!