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Past Messages from the Director
Jane Grissmer, M.Ac, L.Ac.
Barbara Glenfield, PT
An inspiring story for living your autumn days
At an old monastery that was in the process of dying, there were five elderly monks left, and they were worried because everything was disintegrating and nobody seemed interested in what they were doing. The abbot went to confer with an old rabbi who sometimes stayed in a hut in the forest nearby. The rabbi and the abbot wept together about the lack of respect and response around them. As the abbot left, he asked the rabbi if he had any advice. The rabbi said, “No, the only thing I can tell you is that the Messiah is one of you.”
The abbot went back to the monastery and told this to the other monks, and they couldn’t figure it out. They began to think about one another, at first feeling it was ridiculous that such a comment should have been made about any of them. But then they began to treat themselves with extraordinary respect.
This aura of extraordinary respect that now began to surround the five old monks seemed to radiate out from them and permeate the atmosphere of the place. There was something strangely attractive, even compelling, about it.
In due course many people came by, attracted by this aura of extraordinary respect, and the monastery became a thriving order again, “a vibrant center of light and spirituality.”
M. Scott Peck in his book The Different Drum