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Chapter 3 – Accessing the Door of the Heart

Chapter 3                             Accessing the Door of the Heart

 

One night Jesse had a dream within a dream.

In his dream he saw that he was wandering through many forests, over high hills and through large valleys. He was looking for his true home, the Land of the Worlds of Light.

He was tired, hungry and lonely and he finally found himself in a valley where giant flowers grew. He climbed into the tallest and most beautiful one, a lily. He tasted of its nectar and he fell asleep. A gentle breeze was humming, humming a melody.

 

Then Jesse heard the words:

 

Long you have been searching  ~

Long you have been dreaming  ~

Deep in your heart, you’ll find the door  ~

           Deep in your heart, you’ll find much more  ~

much more  ~   much more  ~

 

 

The next morning Jesse awoke to a bright, clear, warm day. He dressed quickly and ran outside.

“Springtime!  Hello spring time!” he shouted as he went leaping through the tender grass. He jumped and raced through the meadows, just like the little fawns that he had seen before frolicking about near the forest.

 

 

 

 

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At last he went to sit in his favorite place beside the tree above the lake.

 

Then he remembered:

“Oh! The dream… I can still hear the melody…and the words:

 

“Deep in your heart, you’ll find the door  ~   ~   ~

Deep in your heart, you’ll find much more  ~   ~   ~”

 

Suddenly:  “Oh! I know! Now I know! The Kingdom of the Shining Worlds can be found… INSIDE OF ME!”  Jesse put his hand over his heart.

 

Soon the magic feeling of deep quiet began to envelop him again.  A gentle wind was softly whistling through the tree branches.

The leaves of the trees rustled lightly and shivered as if waiting for something.

 

“Deep in your heart, you’ll find the door.  Deep in your heart, you’ll find much more ~   ~   ~

Now… I understand.”

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He closed his eyes to see what he could find behind the darkness of his closed eyelids.

 

What happened next is that Jesse sees a dark passageway.

“There it is! The passageway of darkness! The Lady of Light spoke about it!”

 

Jesse sees steps leading upward and even though he can barely see them, he knows that he has to climb those winding stairs. All around him there is emptiness and silence.

 

“I am scared, but I want to find the Worlds of Light! More than anything else!”

 

The steps are going up and up. Jesse wants to turn around and run back to his familiar world, but in spite of this, he keeps on climbing. He begins to wonder: “Am I doing the right thing?”

 

“Maybe all this is too dangerous.  Is it foolish of me to try this? What if I slip and fall? What if it grows completely dark and I will never be able to go back and I will stay there in this pitch darkness forever?”

 

Monstrous forms are appearing, looming in the dark. And a strong wind begins to blow, hissing and howling. This is more than Jesse can bear.

 

“Help!”

 

He wants to turn around and run down the stairs but he is frozen in fear. Suddenly, the clear words

 

“Be strong and courageous . . . Trust in the Awesome One who created the Heavens and the Earth ~ ~ ~ You are safe ~ ~ ~ You are loved ~ ~ ~ ”

 

“A gentle calm comes over him.  Now he feels confident. He climbs on. Presently the wind is dying down to a soft breeze. In the next moment Jesse realizes that the crystal key has magically appeared in his own hand. It glows and lights his way.  Now he knows a great adventure is ahead.

 

Sounds can be heard in the distance. Jesse stops to listen. Voices are calling.

 

“They are calling me!”

 

“Jesse . . . Jesse . . . !”

 

Jesse most eagerly climbs higher and higher. Another turn of the steps and there, above, there is a gigantic door pulsating with light!  It has the shape of a Heart. It is surrounded by 12 mysterious brilliant spheres suspended in the air.  In awe, Jesse stops to catch his breath.  Then he runs the rest of the way. Soon he is standing in front of this magnificent door. Right there he sees a keyhole and he knows to insert his key into it.

 

 

“It fits!” The door swings open.

 


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The Ropshitzer Rebbe was famous for his sense of humor.

Once one of his followers asked him, “What is the reason for your custom to dress in only white cotton clothes?”

The Ropshitzer Rebbe said, “I cannot reveal this to you now. You must first prepare yourself. Immerse yourself in the ritual bath eighteen times every day. After three weeks come to me and I will reveal the reason to you.”

The follower did exactly as the Rebbe ordered, and after three weeks time he proudly went to the Rebbe.

“I did all that you asked,” said the follower. “Please reveal to me the secret.”

The Rebbe said, “Because it is cheaper.”

The follower was confounded: “What? Because it’s cheaper? Why did I have to immerse eighteen times a day for three weeks? Why couldn’t you just tell me?”

The Rebbe answered, “If I would have just told you, then you would have just told someone else, and he would have told someone else, and so on…. And before you know it the price would go up.”