Once upon a time a man whose ax was missing suspected his neighbor’s son. The boy walked like a thief, looked like a thief, and spoke like a thief. But the man found his ax while digging in the valley, and the next time he saw his neighbor’s son, the boy walked, looked and spoke like any other child.
Barn’s burnt down. Now I can see the moon.
We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.
Behind one objective that one values, another objective lurks just within sight, and another beyond one’s grasp… “man’s purpose is like the horizon… (as it) appears before the eyes, so the purpose appears before the mind, and as the horizon is in fact nonexistent, so the purpose is in fact a non-reality. (Man) is limited because he is conscious of his limitation. … Here we touch upon the clue to the ultimate awakening: switch the setting of consciousness. “What is meant by limitation and by perfection? These are only conditions of the consciousness. When one is conscious of limitation, one is limited. When one is conscious of perfection, one is perfect.” What we obtain is what our beliefs allow us to obtain.
Pir Vilayat, Message in Our Time (biography of Sufi Master Inayat Khan)