The Parable of the Twins

I just returned from a walk down to the lake, here in my home town.  The sun was shining brilliantly and the surface of the water was glittering like a thousand diamonds. Claudia pointed out some herons, which I wouldn’t have noticed on my own.  It was one of the first times I had been out for a pleasant walk since my mother died.  
As we sat down on the dock and put out feet into the refreshingly cool water, we talked about many things, and I learned so much from her and her experiences.  We spoke about life – not death, except that many of the myths about the dying process are as fictional as those about birth.  We laughed, we shared, and in the words of Rick in the film Casablanca, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Claudia told me about a conversation she had read in German about two babies in the womb and said she would find it for me in English.  Thanks to the wonder of the Internet, I located the excerpt from Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, Your Sacred Self.  I am excited to share it today, because in a sense, I am going through a re-birth of my own in a world full of possibilities.
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In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

–  from Your Sacred Self by Dr.  Wayne Dyer