And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?
Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.
And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
They didn’t understand because they didn’t look deeply. They wouldn’t or couldn’t look deeply to find the reality that Jesus had found. They weren’t bad, stupid or lazy but they were trapped. They could only understand what their culture allowed them to. And you’re trapped too. Thankfully there’s a way out of the trap. Looking Deeply.
Looking Deeply allows you to see what is around and within you.
Can you see the caterpillar in the butterfly? How about the leaves the caterpillar ate. Or the soil the plant grew in, that grew the leaves, that fed the caterpillar, that was the butterfly? All can be seen within the butterfly.
This is how you you get out of the trap. You train yourself to see and hear what really is and to remember what you already know.
Regrettably those who controlled the early Christians decided that the spiritual practice of Jesus was not going to be passed down. However the spiritual practice of Thich Nhat Hanh will work for a Christian as well as a Buddhist.
The Old Man