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I’ve always loved parables.  I’m a sucker for any story that holds a deeper message, so it’s no surprise that I think this is fabulous.

“A wise woman who was travelling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveller who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveller saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveller left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

– Author Unknown

A babbling brook

Within every parable is our own individual message.  We might not see the same one, because we’re all sitting in our own field of consciousness and can only see what we’re currently aware of.  Don’t you find it amazing that there are so many portions of creation that, at this very moment, we can’t see.  Wow.

The most precious gift isn’t gold, gems or money, or bigger and better things.  It’s our state of mind.

The state of mind we admit into our consciousness is the cause of one man being rich and another poor. The poor man admits to being in the state of poverty by saying, “I am poor,” just as the rich man admits wealth by saying, “I am rich.” Anything we claim ourselves to be (be it good, bad or indifferent, right or wrong) must be made manifest in our world, for by claiming the state, we have consented to its life.

Donald Trump has made and lost fortunes.  He was never worried, he always believed having made one fortune, he could make another. He has a wealth consciousness.  The Dalai Lama has a great spirituality consciousness.  Now I would like more of that please.

The hungry traveller in the parable woke up to the fact that it was  better to have the consciousness of the person who found and gave away the precious stone, because even if you lose it, or give it away, it won’t matter much, you have an abundance and generosity consciousness and more abundance will materialize, if that’s your desire.  He wanted to occupy the state that was more precious than jewels.

Is it wealth or precious stones you’re after?  Or is it spiritual enlightenment?  Or perhaps health, wealth and happiness?  Doesn’t matter much, we have to do the same thing to experience them – view the world from that standpoint, because it’s our very own state of mind that determines what we experience.

What’s your take on this parable?  It’ll be determined by the state of consciousness you occupy, for that’s all we can see.  And I’d love to hear it.

Encourage one another.





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Elle Sommer
Elle is the creator of Live Purposefully Now, a website with a wide variety of authors and topics whose focus is on helping you to change/re-direct and navigate your life. She is a self-confessed spiritual junkie, offering a deeper more holistic approach to life. This deeper approach sets you on a simple path towards your greatest future, helps you remove those limiting beliefs that hold us all back and supports you in achieving your dreams.


  1. Elle,

    You bet — I’ll take a spirituality consciousness too! Thanks for sharing the parable and your take!


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