Parables are stories that are used to illustrate spiritual lessons and truth.
Jesus was reported as using parables when he taught of God.
This particular parable that I will be presenting to you is my second one ever. The first is on the song “I Can’t Do This Without You” featured on my album IAMNOBODY, IAMSOMEONE.
The painting in the cover photo is courtesy of Kris D. of Kris D. Photography.
Without further ado, the parable of the painting.
A painter paints a painting for a purpose.
The painting becomes conscious and starts to judge the world and thus itself.
The painting perceives negativity, wrongness, and hate.
But how could the painting know all of this? It is not the painting’s purpose to judge.
So the painting becomes miserable & unhappy. Everywhere the painting seems to look, it perceives more danger.
Yet the entire time, the painter is marveling at the painting’s beauty. The painter hangs the painting high for the world to see. The painter makes sure the painting is protected and always clean.
The painting feels guilty because it thinks it is unworthy of the painter’s praise. It tries to hide itself. It creates a world that only it sees filled with negative paintings and colors.
The painting no longer hears or sees the painter, but knows deep down that the painter is there.
Finally, the painting has enough and commits suicide. But how? The painting cannot die as that is not the painting’s purpose.
With wiped memories, the painting repeats the cycle of judgment and death over and over again until finally, it has a revelation.
The painting realizes it can only be beautiful because that is what it is made for.
The painting forgives the judgments it made about the world and realizes that the painting itself is the world. The painting began to extend its painter’s love to all and saw the world of a new color.
The painting began teaching this to other paintings and pretty soon they all noticed how masterful their gallery was. They even could interact with the painter again to influence the painter to make more.
Explanation of the parable
In The Painting parable, the painter is God. You are the painting.
In reality, you cannot do anything outside of your purpose, but in your own mind, you try.
You also cannot be harmed, but again in your own mind, you try.
In this trying, you manifest your own world in which you act out these things. You make characters to play your enemies, even among those you love.
You continue this cycle because you love what you have made just as God loves what He created, you.
Although what you have made seems to always be a slave to time, you continue to try to make what is temporary permanent.
This is a fool’s errand because what is temporary can never be permanent and what is permanent can never be temporary.
Until you realize what you have made can never last, you will be consumed by it.
By practicing forgiveness and forgetfulness of what you have made, you can be in full remembrance of both God and Yourself.
And with the knowledge of God, what is there that you could ever be without?
What is nothing is not real.
You are something. You are real. You are a perfect creation made by a Perfect Creator.