histoire-et-sagesse-d-ahikar-l-assyrien1A wise man named Haiqâr…had no child…And he was very sad on account of this, and one day he assembled the astrologers and the learned men and the wizards and explained to them his condition and the matter of his barrenness…And he did as they told him and offered sacrifices to the idols, and besought them and implored them with request, and entreaty…And they answered him not one word. And he went away sorrowful and dejected, departing with a pain at his heart…And he returned, and implored the Most High God, and believed, beseeching Him with a burning in his heart, saying, ‘O Most High God, O Creator of the Heavens and of the earth, O Creator of all created things…Then there came to him a voice saying

The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., [1926]

If there is one tenet I believe everyone should know is that a divine flame resides within all of us. It is the spark of life, the magic of creation, the breadth of god and a conduit to a higher power. When faced with problems or difficult questions, especially in the modern world of smartphones and computers, it is so easy to seek guidance from the world around us. It was not so different for Haiqar, his smartphones and computers just happened to be the wizards and astrologers of his day. When they failed him, though, as so often is the case even today, only then did he make a plea from/with his heart. As this story teaches, I believe we could spare ourselves much pain and suffering if first turned to searching from/with our hearts for the answers we seek.