In the world’s wisdom traditions, stories are indirect means of imparting profound truths. To preach virtue is one thing; to relate a story like that of the good Samaritan provides a pictorial narrative that stays in the mind, prompts self-examination and reveals deeper meaning the more it is pondered. This is a characteristic of stories that have a spiritual dimension: the more we think about them with receptivity, the more meaningful they become. For their depth mirrors our own depth, and can help us to unveil higher aspects of our own being that are normally hidden by the everyday extrovertive mode of life.
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This article is from the Summer 2020 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.