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from the January 2007 Star Beacon
Shadows on the Wall
by Chief Joseph and John Cali
Do you ever wonder what’s
“real” and what isn’t?
I sometimes do. How do we tell the difference?
Many years ago when I was in college, part of our
required curriculum was philosophy. Four years of it! It often
practically put me to sleep. But there were parts of it I found
fascinating. One of those was Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
I’m sure most of you have heard of Plato, the ancient
Greek philosopher. His teacher was another Greek philosopher,
Socrates, who, many of you will remember, was put to death for his
Here’s how part of the allegory goes:
Deep inside a huge, dark cave are prisoners who’ve been
chained there most of their lives. The chains force them to look
only at the wall in front of them. They cannot turn their heads to
see anything behind them.
There’s a big fire blazing behind the prisoners. Between the fire
and the prisoners is a walkway over which various objects are
carried, thus casting shadows on the wall in front of the
prisoners. This is the prisoners’ only reality, and they believe
it’s all there is.
There’s more to the story, of course, but that’s all we
need for today.
Here’s Chief Joseph.
lives on Earth are the shadows on the wall of your cave. Are the
But they are only a part of all that is. And you, the
“prisoners” in your human bodies, are only a part of those grander
selves who live beyond time and space.
You often believe your physical bodies and experiences
are all you will ever have or be. You define yourselves by the
shadows you see on the wall.
Those shadows are just that — shadows, a tiny, minute
aspect of the glorious, greater reality of who you really are.
Do you know what your earthly experiences, your physical
bodies are? In a very real sense, they are figments of your
You have created, with your consciousness, everything
and everybody and every experience you have ever known on Planet
You created it all. And none of it is very “solid.” Even
your scientists, like Einstein, a most wise old soul, will tell
you nothing is solid. It’s all energy, vibration. It
appears solid because you, in your human bodies, are operating at
a low vibration. And you cannot easily perceive the higher
vibrations, unless you have trained yourselves to do it.
The more you raise your vibration — through meditation,
prayer, whatever — the less solid your “reality” becomes. The more
you align yourselves with your higher selves, the less solid and
more fluid and flowing your entire world becomes.
We are in no way diminishing the importance and
sacredness of your earthly lives. We are simply saying do not
define or limit yourselves and your value by what you see “out
there” in your physical world.
Your physical world, your physical bodies are your
shadows on the wall. They are real. But they are not all that is.
They are not all you are.
They are simply a place on your path to fully
remembering those grand and glorious beings of light you all are.
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