To Separate the Wheat from the Chaff
Idiom: to separate what is useful or valuable from what is worthless
The above old idiom is really about developing the gift or ability of Discernment. In Christianity it shows up as the symbol of the sword and is found all over the Bible like in Ephesians 6:17 “…the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.
The achangel Michael and his sword. I don’t get the impression he would dig playing “Dungeons and Dragons”
Manjushri, represents the wisdom of prajna, which is not confined by knowledge or concepts…His Sanskrit name means “He Who Is Noble and Gentle.” He is often portrayed as a young man holding a sword in his right hand and the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Wisdom) Sutra in or near his left hand…His youthfulness indicates that wisdom arises from him naturally and effortlessly.
The Bodhisattva Manjushri
(In light of the true symbol of the sword, it makes me wonder if a new interpretation of the Arthurian legends, particularly around Excalibur, is in order. Remember, the Lady of the Lake kept Excalibur and that it could only be pulled out of the rock of ages by the TRUE king of England, not some fake usurper. The legends say that Arthur was taken to the vale of Avalon and will return, as the once and future king
to defend England from her enemies in the end days. I don’t know if it’s true but personally, I would love to be around to at least watch Arthur kick the living daylights out of that stupid House of Windsor. John Boorman’s film, “Excalibur”
, is excellent if you’re interested.)
King Arthur vs. Prince Charles
Developing Discernment is a real pain in the neck. You unfortunately have to go through the experiences of being burned a few times before the lessons set in, and there are usually hard, but valuable lessons involved. It’s only when you really internalize those lessons does that innate wisdom finally float to the surface effortlessly, I think.
In the last few days, I re-connected with a few, very old, very dear friends, the kind of friends you don’t need to speak to every week but even if 10, 15, 20 years pass, when you see them, it’s like you pickup from where you left off. There is no break in the continuity between you on a psychic level. You both walk away from your time together re-energized and emotionally and mentally rejuvenated. It made me realize what a true friend is as opposed to glorified acquaintances. That was my lesson in Discernment.
My own reading is that it’s a time for all of us to truly go within. That we need to whip out our individual swords and cut those false distractions, connections, ideas and things out. We are being given a chance to prepare for something, what exactly, I don’t know, your guess is as good as mine but the sense of impendingness grows stronger.