The Heart, the Eye, and the Hand

Once upon a time there was a heart. A very, very sad and troubled heart. The reason why this heart was so sad is because she was in love. She loved everything and everybody.

Because she was such a loving heart, she wanted to share all her warmth and goodwill with the whole world. After all, this is what loving hearts live for.

But she just beat around all day, not knowing how to direct her love in any real direction. She was in complete darkness as to how to share her abundant love, because, unfortunately love is blind. So she could only feel her way around. And rather than being helpful, she stumbled into everything, tripping things up and generally getting in everyone’s way.

The heart now realized that one cannot be led along just by one’s feelings. Something more was needed, and she was determined to find out. This was the advantage of being all heart. So she prayed to God for help.

One day as she was feeling her way around and stumbling over everything, she bumped into a stranger.

“Ooouch! Hey, watch where you are going,” said the annoyed stranger.

“Oh, pardon me sir. I feel terrible for running into you like that. By the way,” she said, “who are you?”

“I am an eye. Anyone can see that!”

“What is seeing?” asked the heart.

“You are blind, aren’t you,” observed the eye. “Seeing is knowing. I know everything in the world. Nothing escapes my attention. I can gaze at the smallest grain of sand or the farthest stars in the universe!”

“Oh my, that must be wonderful,” said the heart with an increased beat.

“Nah,” said the eye looking downward. “Actually, I couldn’t care less.”

“How could you say such a disheartening thing?” she asked.

“I am tired of staring at objects all day long. I am bored with it all. Nothing in the world has any real meaning for me. I can’t relate to anything – it is all outside of me,” said the tired eye.

Gee, your problem is exactly the opposite of mine,” came the heart’s systolic response. “I have everything inside me. Everything is an inner feeling.”

“What is feeling,” questioned the searching eye?

“It is caring and sharing. If you had any true feelings and really cared, you would want to share all your knowledge with others,” said the throbbing heart.

Not knowing what to do, to they each prayed to God for help. And the answer came quickly.

“I see a way out! Perhaps if we put our different talents together we could each accomplish a lot more,” said the eye with real focus.

“I could give you inspiration!” said the excited heart.

“And I could give you direction and focus,” returned the wide-open eye.

So the heart and eye got together. And as soon as they did, wonderful things began to happen. The heart no longer had to live in darkness and saw that everything in the world was just as beautiful as she felt it would be. She could now focus her love in any direction and on any object.

At the same time, the eye’s attention gained new insight into things. Everything in the world came alive with meaning and new importance.

Together they each had something they never had alone. It was called understanding. From then on they became inseparable friends. Indeed, the world had completely changed for them both. They had the desire and the knowledge to do anything. This was a time for celebration! So the heart and eye began to dance around each other. And they danced until they couldn’t dance anymore.

Exhausted, the eye began to notice something was still missing. All their dancing simply had them going around and around in circles. Nothing was actually accomplished by their teaming up together.

Together, with their new understanding, they realized their predicament. Although everything had changed in their world, they had not been able to change anything in the world.

The heart pounded loudly, “We want to, we know how to, but we still cannot actually DO!”

“We need ability,” observed the eye. “We do not have any ability!”

So once again they prayed to God for help. Not long after their prayer they began to hear sounds of things being broken. So the heart and eye went to see what all the commotion was about.

They came upon a hand that was smashing everything nearby with its fist.

“What are you doing?” asked the heart and eye together.

“I am keeping busy,” said the hand. “I like to do things, doing things is all I do.”

“But you are being destructive,” said the heart.

“What is destruction?” asked the powerful hand.

“You knucklehead,” said the eye, “doing is being useful. You are only undoing things.”

The hand extended itself to them and asked, “Can you both teach me how to be useful? I possess all the ability in the world. I do not want to waste it.”

“Yes,” said the heart, “we are in need of a helping hand.”

So all three decided to share their unique talents. And once again, their world was changed for the better.

“Now I can truly grasp what before I could only behold,” said the astonished eye.

“And now I can touch all the things have touched my life,” exclaimed the heart.

“And my ability to do things has been changed to having talent,” said the hand with a snap of the fingers. They began to feel something very holy from their friendship.

Then they heard a voice coming from heaven. It was God’s voice. “Now you know the true meaning of my words, ‘where two or three are gathered in my name, there I will be in the midst of them.’” 

About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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