Whatever is going on,
don't be distracted...
just sink deeper into Stillness.
by Wayne Austin
Ya know, I think spiritual texts and "How to....", books have a lot in
common. They all hold out the promise if you do it right and follow the
instructions the outcome will make you proud. Whether it be how to build a
birdhouse or how to become saved they both follow a similar set of instructions.
First off you have to buy the book. Of course you can try it on your own
but it is generally acknowledged that a fool who attempts to build a birdhouse
without expert help won't be waking up any time too soon with the sound of sweet
chickadees in his ears, just the same as any fool knows that without expert
instruction in the salvation department he might find himself heading south when
his goal was north.
So you set out to learn how to get to your final goal with the help of your
book. Right off the bat you know you need help or you wouldn't have bought the
book. God forbid that you would build a birdhouse or a life that doesn't look
like someone else.
The book advises you to "gather materials" so you hikes yourself off to the
hardware store for wood, nails and glue, or if you're trying to build a better
life you do a mental inventory to see how many people you've hurt that you want
to forgive and how you've generally made a mess of trying to be like god.
With materials gathered it is now time to assemble them so you read the
first sentence in the chapter on assembly: "Be sure you have all the materials
needed or your birdhouse will not welcome our feathered friends." So you once
again take inventory and find that you forgot to forgive old Uncle Teabert for
the time he said he didn't think you'd ever amount to anything.
With that done you buckle down to work. The book advises to only do so much
at a time and to remember, "Rome wasn't built in a day", and the longer and more
care you put into your birdhouse (salvation) the better the results will be. If
you pay attention you won't find yourself with a bird house with its roof on the
floor or stuck in purgatory hoping like hell someone is praying to get you out.
Finally the day arrives, the end of the book and tangible results that
you've been making progress. The birdhouse looks pretty good and if you were a
bird you'd certainly live there. You've been feeling better spiritually too
because you've finished the lessons and forgave a lot more people then you
thought you were mad at when you started. You sit there admiring your handiwork
and turn to the final chapter which says: "If your birdhouse, (life), seems to
have something missing or if it doesn't look as good as the one Jesus the Great
Birdhouse Builder, built, turn to the first chapter and do it again. Practice
makes perfect." And so with a sigh, you start all over again, determined that
next time will be the last.
Like I say, birdhouses and salvation have a lot in common.......birds don't
need a birdhouse and your soul needs no saving unless, that is, you have nuthin'
better to do with your time.
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Whatever happened to Wayne Austin? He was a sharp,
paternal-type teacher with his own following and a beautifully expressed
teaching. He had an active Yahoo Group back in the day, endofthesearch. Let me
know if you know what happened to Wayne. His book Heart
Whispers is available through Amazon.com: