One autumn day in Firenze, Italy an enthusiastic traveler noticed a sign posted on the Duomo, the imposing cathedral which holds a watchful eye on the beautiful city of Florence, announcing that Vespers would be held in the evening. Excited to participate in this service, he returned at the appointed time and attempted to enter the Vespers area of the Church but was abruptly stopped by a guard who firmly announced the word CLOSED.
Surprised, the traveler turned back but moments later decided to try once more to enter the Vespers area. Again, the guard curtly articulated the word CLOSED. As he glanced behind the guard, the traveler noticed that several people had already gained entrance to the area and were gathering there waiting for the service to begin. Encouraged by this observation, he attempted a third time to gain admittance...with the same results.
Now the traveler moved aside and began to calmly assess the situation. He theorized that the guard could tell he was obviously not Italian and, of course, did not recognize him as a member of the congregation and that this could possibly be the reason why he was barred from entering. He pondered further and came to the conclusion that there must be a password that needed to be used to gain admittance. Persevering once more, the traveler then approached the guard a fourth time and, when he heard the word CLOSED loudly proclaimed, he quietly said “Vespers” and was immediately admitted to the area.
I so LOVE this story because I adore metaphors and there is a magical mega-metaphor here: the PASSWORD which helped the traveler gain entrance to the Duomo’s Vespers. After I heard the story of the traveler’s adventure, I immediately started pondering situations in my life that felt stuck and unsatisfactory and...dare I say with the curt and dogmatic voice of the Duomo guard...CLOSED. I wondered if perhaps the problem with these stuck situations was that I had been using the wrong “password” in response to them and, when we don’t have the right password, we don’t get in.
How well we know the importance of passwords in our contemporary culture where we must have dozens of them to gain entry to the online field of play. And consider, too, how often we hear from our compatriots the voicing of a common lament, “I FORGOT my password!”
We need passwords for everything...passwords that WORK and that we can remember and I am wondering if it is the low vibration of some of our “passwords” that may be keeping us mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually STUCK in situations that are uncomfortable and upsetting to us.
When we are embroiled in an argument, for instance, and tempers flare and we find it impossible to speak calmly about the issue, the password we are using may be I am right and I’m going to show you why.
When we try repeatedly to accomplish a goal pushing steadily forward an our self-appointed schedule but encountering roadblock after roadblock resulting in the claiming of our victimhood, our password may be things never work out for me.
When we try to solve a problem from a very limited and ego focused perspective with VERY unsatisfactory results, our password may be nobody cares how I feel.
The way we can tell whether our “passwords” are the right vibration is by looking at the results we obtain and the way we feel about them. If things work out comfortably for us and we have a peaceful feeling about the resolution, we have undoubtedly used a higher vibration password. And the reason this is so is because we are designed to be Creatures of LOVE...to generously extend that love to ourselves and to others, to honor our journey and others’ journeys, too. And when we choose to do this, we feel peaceful, satisfied and happy. When we choose otherwise, we harbor a sense of dissonance and dissatisfaction.
There is a beautiful, divine plan afoot here. Once we ascertain and embrace the “password” which is in harmony with our souls, we feel the comfort of being at home with ourselves. If, instead, we settle into lower vibrations, things don’t feel right in our world.
If you have any issues in your life which feel stuck, unresolved, CLOSED, perhaps you might consider choosing a high vibration password and then enjoying the fun of seeing how you have so easily and gently and comfortably transcended whatever was causing you distress.
Esso intende essere.
Touching home base can be AMAZING!