Riding the Ox Home 11

Chapter Two

Finding the footprints.

 By the stream and under the trees, he discovers footprints!

The sweet-scented grasses are growing thick – did he find the way?

However remote over the hills and far away the beast may wander,

His nose reaches the heavens and none can conceal it.

 Through your studies you have come to a certain awareness.  You have seen traces of the truth but have not yet experienced kensho or enlightenment.  You know that there are many paths but have not found your own way.  Unless you learn to discriminate, how can you tell the true from the false?  Not yet entering the gate, you have discovered what looks like a path.  At first you doubted your stamina, but now you see a path and your strength is doubled.

In your acting, you have discovered a myriad of styles or maybe you have realized that there is more than one way to act.  There are many things to learn, many paths to travel down.  All these choices are very confusing.  Which will take you where you want to go fastest?  Which is the easiest way?  Let me remind you that your true path may not lead you down a road that is easy or fast.  It is important that you begin to listen to your heart.  There is starting to be a sense in you that one way is clearer than the others, but at this point it is still a very small voice, hardly distinguishable.  Learn to listen to that voice and it will become as strong as a nightingale’s voice on a quiet summer’s night.

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About oxrider

Mr. Winter has written novels, books of poetry and short stories, and books on acting. He has written over three dozen plays, winning the S.C. Playwright’s Festival. His inventive theatrical work has been seen in the US and Europe. A.F. Winter has been acting, teaching, and directing, for over 30 years. He created a theatre which worked with at-risk youth giving them positive alternatives in their lives. Please visit his website at AFWinter.com. View all posts by oxrider

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