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Thursday, 26 March 2009

'This, Too, Will Pass'

In chapter 8 of 'A New Earth', Tolle shares an ancient Sufi story with us. It is the story of a king who was tired of finding himself in extreme states of happiness or sadness and was looking to find a way to bring balance, serenity and wisdom into his life.

He sought the counsel of a wise man who was reputed to be enlightened and asked for his help, offering any price the wise man wished.

The wise man answered by stating that he could help but the price would be so great that his entire kingdom would not be sufficient payment, therefore it would be a gift as long as he honoured it.

A few weeks later the wise man returned to the king and presented him with a beautiful box decorated with jade. The king opened it and found a simple gold ring with the inscription, ‘This, too, will pass.’

The king asked, ‘What is the meaning of this?’ to which the wise man replied,

‘Wear this ring always. Whatever happens, before you call it good or bad, touch this ring and read the inscription. That way, you will always be at peace.’

‘This, too, will pass’, is a reminder that in any situation we are able to find an inner peace if we accept that a situation will not last forever. It allows us to consider a situation as being an opportunity for growth on our spiritual path.

There is so much angst and stress that can arise when we encounter a situation, label it as bad and instantly begin to feel like it will never end.

It is an opportunity to create space between you and the situation and become aware of why the situation has been presented to you. What can you learn from the situation? Has it inadvertently protected you from another situation? Is it an opportunity to face a fear, or an opportunity for forgiveness?

Conflicts are always presented to you as a way to move forward in your spiritual path. Some people like to think that if you have no problems you are not on the right path as you are not growing.

Life is an exercise in growth and learning and if you can learn to read between the lines you will always see that there is something beneficial there for you.

Make the decision to change your perspective and consider ‘bad’ situations as a sign that you are moving closer and more in alignment with your true self. And when you are working in alignment with your true self, peace with the world around you is guaranteed no matter what the situation.

Next time you feel that rising stress in your chest, take a moment to remember that ‘This, too, will pass’ and watch your perception instantly shift!

Happy Manifesting!



Nina E J said...

I like this, it makes sense! thanks!

Lydia said...

Hi Julieanne, That was really a nice summary, as always! Great work. I so enjoy reading your writing.

One of my old managers used to always say, And this too shall pass, every time there was some sort of *emergency* or work related issue. I learned to do the same thing from him over the years, and say it to my kids whenever there seems to be a problem, or something they're particularly worried or upset over.

And it is so true, isn't it. Even though somethings seem insurmountable, they do pass. Always. Everything does.

Thanks so much for writing this up.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Julieanne said...

Hi Nina

You're welcome! Simple :)


Julieanne said...

Hi Lydia!

Thank you :) It does allow for a clearer perception and the ability to create space.

It is such a peaceful thought to remember.

And yes... it does all pass :)

Hope you had a great weekend!


CoolDeep said...

Smile :)

Yes, that's what this post of your did to me after I finished reading it.

"This too shall pass." And I shall remember that Julieanne.


God Bless!

Love & Regards,


Julieanne said...


Thank you! You made me smile knowing that I had made you smile :)



Anonymous said...

Hi Julienne,
I'm new to this site but what as transpired is that I am now more relief and positive with the worries that bothers me, certainly this too will pass. Thanks-Sol

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