Dilute the Pain—But with What?

By Greg Baer M.D.

January 7, 2014

A kind friend sent me this mythical story, which teaches much when viewed from a certain perspective.

An aging master grew tired of his apprentice's complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and drink it. "How does it taste?" the master asked.

"Bitter," said the apprentice.

Chuckling, the master asked the young man to throw a similar handful of salt into the lake by which they stood. "Now drink from the lake," said the old man. After the student complied, the master asked again, "How does it taste?"

"Fresh," remarked the apprentice.

"Can you taste the salt?" asked the master. When the young man shook his head, the master explained, "The pain of life is salt. The amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. If you wish your pain to change, often you need only to stop being a glass. Become a lake instead."

Although it communicates a true principle, the story could actually be annoying if you don't know how to "become a lake." But we do know. As you gather Real Love and share it with others, the love dilutes or even eliminates the pain within you and in the hearts of others. Love is, in fact, an infinite river that washes away the pain of all our wounds.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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