Rapunzel was a baby who had been betrayed by her family and given up to a witch. The witch had betrayed her and locked her in a tower. Rapunzel had betrayed the witch by taking a secret lover. The witch had taken revenge on the lovers by cutting off Rapunzel’s hair and banishing her out into the desert and throwing the prince out of the window where his eyes had been scratched out by thorns. After years of wandering blindly through the desert Rapunzel had found her prince again and her tears of joy had healed his eyes.
To help heal their wounds of betrayal at the hands of their family they decided to get a fish. First they bought a bowl, it came in a box but like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, the box was no longer needed and was discarded. They looked into the bowl and saw that it was full of emptiness. They looked harder and could see the emptiness was full of potential.
They filled it with water, planted some weed, added magic rocks and voila! the bowl wasn't empty anymore; it had become the home for their fish. His name was David and he was blue. He was a very special fish because they loved him and he knew they loved him. They brought him fresh flowers and fed him every day. They talked to him and introduced him to all their friends. People came from near and far to see this miraculous fish, he charmed everyone with his humour and wit.
Because David's a fish with the small mind of a fish, he doesn't realize that he is the creator of his potential. But he still has awareness and knows that he is a fish and that other fish are fish. If this amazing fish realized his full potential he could have conquered the world with his charisma.
Rapunzel had seen the potential in the bowl. The bowl is like the ego, it is necessary to carry around what is inside, the water, weeds and magic rocks, the appearance of David’s home is essential to his happiness, it has to exist to carry around the potential. Our body carries around our potential, our potential is in our essence; it’s up to us to realize that potential.
David once said “It has been taught by great sages that getting rid of ego is essential to obtaining enlightenment, but I think that the secret is not to get rid of ego but to train it to love your true-self, to train the ego to bring you happiness, like my bowl serves me.”
When you were near David you could feel exactly what it felt like swimming around in the water, the calm state, the effortless floating, the feel of water around the body, the silence and the stillness.
Like a school of fish, people share a common mind, it is called wisdom, like the wisdom found in a fairy tale, it is passed down through the millennium, it isn’t learnt, it is known, it is common feelings and knowing that we all share. When people get in touch with their higher self, the wisdom of the whole human age is available to them, it isn’t something that is written in books, it is something that every person is born with inside their genes. It is inside every person, and everyone has the potential to find it.
When it is found, there is no wish to harm other people, or fish, you only wish for good things and happiness, for every being, you know that in their happiness you will also share happiness. We are all inter-connected. You feel loving kindness and compassion for every being in the universe because that is the way to find true joy, peace and contentment.
Rapunzel listened to the lessons David taught her and forgave the witch. But the witch was so evil she poisoned David.
He is buried under an orange tree, the orange tree will blossom and David will become the scent of orange blossom. His little fish body and bones will become the bark, branches and leaves of the orange tree. He will become an orange full of juice, the juice that fills the orange from the water that was tipped from the bowl onto the tree. Everything is connected, all things are interconnected, and nothing is separate.
All things eventually have to die, that is the nature of life and though Rapunzel felt foolish to let the witch back into her life, she will always forgive because only through forgiveness can you be free of anger and hatred.
Rapunzel and the prince would never forget David and the fantastic flights of fantasy he had gone on. He had lived a life full of friends and admirers who were never envious of his beauty or fame because he appeared to be just a fish.