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Wir haben aber solchen Schatz in irdischen Gefäßen, auf dass die überschwengliche Kraft sei Gottes und nicht von uns.
2. Brief an die Korinther 4, 7 (NT)


  • Ein Vogel singt nicht, weil er die Antwort weiß – er singt, weil er ein Lied hat. Chinesisches Sprichwort, bekannt gemacht von Maya Angelou (1928-2014) US-amerikanische Historikerin, Schauspielerin, Filmproduzentin, Regisseurin, Aktivistin für Bürgerrechte, Dichterin, Schriftstellerin


General quotes

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40, 31 (AT)


But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.
2. Corinthians 4, 7 (NT)


[H]e saw [...] the Spirit descending like a dove on him. Mark 1, 10 (NT)


Personal avowals



Abbreviated version:

"Here I stand and cannot but. God help me! Amen."

  • I cannot and will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen. Defence speech by Martin Luther (1483-1546) (1483-1546) German professor of theology, Protestant reformer, translator of the Bible, Reichstag, Worms, Germany, 17. April 1521


  • I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
    I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,
    To put to rout all that was not life,
    and not when I had come to die
    Discover that I had not lived.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) US American historian, philosopher, leading transcendentalist, naturalist, abolitionist, surveyor, tax resister, development critic, poet, author, Walden, Or, Life in the Woods, Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1854



  • Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. Jalal ad-Din Muḥammad Rumi (1207-1273) Persian Muslim Sufi mystic, jurist, theologian, poet, source unknown



  • Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness. Alejandro Jodorowski (*1929) Chilean-French spiritual guru, filmmaker, playwright, actor, musician, comics writer, author, source unknown


  • When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the cloud. Unknown author

The Golden Bird, Bros. Grimm, 1914

Literary quotes

  • You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed, said the fox. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French aviator, writer, The Little Prince, chapter 21 The Little Prince and the Fox, "The Little Prince and the Fox", Reynal & Hitchcock, September 1943


  • Roosters crow at the dawn, hoping to arouse the barnyard, but the owl knows it is still late at night. The foxes are about; the master sleeps. This is who we are. US American television series Millennium, episode #214 – "Owls", produced by The X-Files creator Chris Carter (1996-1999)


  • A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. Chinese proverb, used by Maya Angelou (1928-2014) US American historian, actress, producer, director, educator, civil-rights activist, playwright, poet, bestselling black author


Englische Texte – English section on The Golden Bird

The Golden Bird

             The Golden Bird             


Every year, a king's apple tree is robbed of one golden apple during the night. He orders his sons to watch what is going to happen. The first two sons fall asleep, whereas the youngest stays awake to see a golden bird stealing an apple. His attempt to shoot down the golden bird fails. However, his bullet knocks one of its feathers off which settles on the king's ground.


The feather is found so valuable by the experts that the king decides he must have the bird in his possession. Therefore he sends his three sons out, one after another, to capture this priceless golden bird.


The sons each meet a talking fox, who gives them advice on their quest:

Choose a bad inn over a brightly lit and merry one.

The first two sons don't heed the advice and, in the pleasant inn, abandon their quest.


A Phoenix rises from the ashes.
"Rinasce piu gloriosa" ["It rises again more glorious".]

The third son obeys the fox about the inn, but when the fox advises him to take the golden bird in a wooden cage rather than a golden one, he disobeys, and the golden bird rouses the castle, resulting in his capture.
He is sent after the golden horse as a condition of his life. The fox advises him about a wooden rather than a golden saddle, but he fails again to comply the advice and is sent after the princess from the golden castle.
The fox advises him not to let her say farewell to her parents, but he disobeys, and the princess's father orders him to remove a hill as the price of his life.


The fox removes it, and then, as they set out, he advises the prince how to keep all the prizes he won. It then asks the prince to shoot it and cut off its head. When the prince refuses, it warns him against buying 'gallows flesh' and sitting on the edge of wells.


He finds that his brothers are to be hanged (on the gallows) and buys their liberty. They find out what he has done and, when he sits on a well's edge, push him in. They take the bird, the horse, and the princess and bring them to their father. However, all three of them grieve for the prince.


The fox rescues the prince, and when he returns to his father's castle dressed in a beggar's cloak, the bird, the horse, and the princess all recognize him as the man who won them, and become cheerful again. His brothers are put to death, and he marries the princess.


Finally, the third son cuts off the fox's head and the four feet at the creature's request. The fox is revealed as a man, the brother of the princess.


Reference: en.Wikipedia entry The Golden Bird – Synopsis

Interpretations of the fairy tale The Golden Bird

The parable of the talents or minas in Matthew 25, 14-30 (NT) speaks of three individuals being procured with talents blessings, potentials). They were to proliferate with their given talents.
The third one who doubled the biggest talent was blessed with more as Spirit and soul took an interest in him.


The Golden Bird – Symbolism of the characters and the interactions
Characters, assets and interactions of the taleSymbolic meaning of the Golden Bird fairy tale
The king (father)ego, lives in a safe place (castle). He is greedy to possess the golden bird.
The king's castlewhere the three princes were raised symbolizes the left brain hemisphere.
The three princes (sons, brothers)
The lesser evolved egomind
and the more evolved egomind
who are sent out on a golden bird quest stand for the lower three chakras (1-3).
is represented by the first and second brother
is represented by the third (youngest) brother.
The golden applesymbolizes wholeness.
The three golden applesrepresent the potential, genius of the three brothers – as well as the three upper chakras (5-7).
An apple contains five kernels/seedssymbolizing the quintessence (spirit), the fifth chakra, human(e)ness.
The golden bird (phoenix)represents the imperturbable spirit which cannot be killed. It is a messenger of wholeness and perfection (gold).
The wooden cagesymbolizes naturalness, simplicity, and truth. Spirit on earth appears simple and truthful.
The shrieking of the golden birddenotes that there is a frame, an applied mindset (cage) inappropriate for spirit to dwell in.
One feather of the golden bird
⇔ the whole kingdom
symbolizing imperisihable dignity and (context)
outweighing worldly content and values.
The golden horsesymbolizes the body and the emotions.
The princessrepresents the heart (4th chakra), soul, the anima, inspiration.
The golden castlewhere the princess was raised symbolizes the right brain hemisphere, the world of the perfect matrix and possibilities.
The speaking fox
released: the brother of the princess
stands for the Self, the 5th upper chakra
The fox is still spellbound as its presence is not acknowledged in its entirety. It is constantly willing to serve and help out the ignorant self, the higher egomind. When you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha.
The fox's repeated request to the prince/s
Kill me and piece me apart
calls the unawakened hero to engage in shadow work, introspecting his projections, uncover the layers upon the truth, undergoes the transformation required to become one with your true self that keeps helping him to solve his predicaments.
The wellsymbolizes the gateway to the other world, the subconscious.
The water of the wellstands for baptism into a new spirit of humility
the spirit poured onto people in the Aquarian age.
Chosing the simple guest house,
the wooden cage/saddle,
the clothes of the beggar,
the job as a stableman
stand for walking the spiritual path to free essence and live an authentic life,
the maturation process into the attitude of humility, modesty and simplicity.


Symbology of the story
The three lower physical chakras are represented by three brothers in the Golden Bird story. They are mirrored by the 5th-7th chakras that represent the spiritual realm. The more evolved chakras are the respective spiritual counterparts of the three brothers – represented in three golden apples.
When insight and wisdom emerge in the 6th chakra the fox is released from its misinterpreted status, which happens when he is "killed" and digested (pieced up) and integrated. This act means to pass over into the next stage of awareness, to surrender to spirit in the 7th chakra.


The youngest son emerges as the true prince.
The king father deemed it as "futile" to even let his youngest son embark on the quest for the golden bird. He was the only one of the brothers to withstand the temptation to stay in the merrihouse (see golden cage) as he followed the fox's advice to rest in a very simple guest house (see wooden cage).
Furthermore, he did not heed to the continued advices given by the fox. So he was caught as a thief in the golden castle.
"Then, thinking it foolish to let the beautiful bird stay in that mean and ugly cage, he opened the door of it, took hold of it, and put it in the golden one. In the same moment the bird uttered a piercing cry. The soldiers awakened, rushed in, seized the king's son and put him into prison."


Turning Saul into Paul
The prince who was the first to shoot off the golden bird's feather turned out to be its honored keeper in the end, even though he failed to understand the process of surrender to the spirit except once. Catching a golden apple, a golden bird, a golden horse, and a princess raised in a golden castle could not be obtained, if not for the relentless support and bailout from the speaking fox (the soul).


Leaping from the status of the prince to the appearace of a beggar
Unwilling to die (at the gallows) in order to be reborn the bailed out false princes kicked off their youngest brother into the well (baptismal fountain), from which he came out alive again (reborn). Now dressed in simple beggar's clothes, again enjoying the help of the fox (Self/intuition) the prince arrived at the castle of his father to get hired for the lowliest job in the stable.
The identity of the beggar turned into a stable boy was overlooked by his family of origin, whereas the true prince was easily recognized by
⚑ the golden bird,
⚑ the golden horse,
⚑ and the princess from the golden castle,
all of whom came alive again – under suitable circumstances – in the company of the true prince.
And the truth about the sinister murder attempt out of greed came to the open.


The older two brothers – false princes
never made their way to the golden castle. Stuck in the glamor of the merryhouse and squandering their money (talents) they didn't actually care about a golden bird (spirit) or a golden horse (body/emotions) who best appear in a simple gear. They became debtors, committed crimes and were finally convicted. Their fate was to become "gallow flesh".


The hero's journey requires to
⚑ win the golden bird (spirit)
⚑ win the golden horse (instinct)
⚑ win the princess – lose one's heart.
It requires to enter the turnaround zone of the heart, the fourth chakra.
Once thrown into the well of ancestral karma the hero passed a time gate, all the while enjoying the guidance of the soul (bigger self), symbolized in the speaking fox, the 5th chakra.


See also:
Correlating the right hemisphere with the left hemisphere
Separative Mindset ⇔ Field consciousness – Four = 3:1 developmental phases
Four developmental stages in ecosystems, brains, western economy, capitalism – Principle of 3:1
Innate horse wisdom – Four stages of effective usage of emotions
Encountering and integrating four layers of generational shadow – RHH ♦ Mother ♦ Grandmother ♦ Goddess
Journey of transformation – Healed from stuttering 
Siehe auch: ► Chakrasystem
See also: ► Ladder of 'personal' development – Joseph Dillard

The Golden Bird – Sri Aurobindo

Now came the turn of the third son to watch, and he was ready to do so; but the king had less trust in him, and believed he would acquit himself still worse than his brothers, but in the end he consented to let him try. So the young man lay down under the tree to watch, and resolved that sleep should not be master.


When it struck twelve something came rushing through the air, and he saw in the moonlight a bird flying towards him, whose feathers glittered like gold. The bird perched upon the tree, and had already pecked off an apple, when the young man let fly an arrow at it. The bird flew away, but the arrow had struck its plumage, and one of its golden feathers fell to the ground: the young man picked it up, and taking it next morning to the king, told him what had happened in the night. The king called his council together, and all declared that such a feather was worth more than the whole kingdom.


Source: ► Sri Aurobindo [Aurobindo Ghose] (1872-1950) Indian British Hindu philosopher, yogi, mystic, guru, freedom fighter, poet
The Golden Bird, an early work, The Essential Aurobindo, Volume 7, Lindisfarne Books, 1987, 2001


One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
#102, part 4: Winter, 1857, Brooklyn Museum

A man found an eagle's egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen.
The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.
All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken.
He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled.
And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.


Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky.
It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.


The old eagle looked up in awe.

"Who's that?" he asked.
"That's the eagle, the king of the birds," said his neighbor.
"He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we're chickens."

So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that's what he thought he was.


Source: ► Anthony de Mello, S.J. (1931-1987) Indian Catholic Jesuit priest, psychotherapist, spiritual leader,
Awareness, Center for Spiritual Exchange, published by Doubleday, 1990
See also: ► Stories

The swan with the golden feathers

Coscoroba Swan, Gloucestershire, England


The father of a poor family is reborn as a swan with golden feathers. He invites his former family members to pluck and sell a single feather from his wings to support themselves, returning occasionally to allow them another. The greedy mother of the family eventually plucks all the feathers at once. However, they turn to ordinary feathers. When the swan recovers its feathers they too are no longer gold. The moral drawn there is:


Contented be, nor itch for further store.
They seized the swan – but had its gold no more.


Source: ► Text Suvannahamsa Jataka, 4th section of the Buddhist book Vinaya,
excerpted from: Robert Chalmers, translator, The Jataka, Volume I, 1895
See also: ► Stories

White crane – sign of spirit

Rachel Naomi Remen examines the role of mystery in a healing context. She shares a story of her client who had advanced prostate cancer. He told her twice:

Red-crowned crane
If there is life after death I will show up in your life as a white crane to let you know.

One day after he had passed away she was thinking of him and how she missed him. Entering the elevator she lost her balance and checked the floor at her feet. There she saw it: a big white feather.
A synchronicty, a sign of spirit.
Rachel's final comment an that encounter with spirit is:

There are feathers that fall into all of our lives. They do not prove anything. What they are is a reminder to pay attention, to stay awake because the mystery at the heart of life can speak to you any time.


Life is larger than science, and if we allow science to define life for us, we will always be defining life too small. Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., US American clinical professor of family and community medicine, UCSF School of Medicine, co-founder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, storyteller, author, source unknown


Source: ► Audio presentation by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., US American clinical professor of family and community medicine, UCSF School of Medicine, co-founder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, storyteller, author, Discovering Mystery in Daily Life, part 2 of 2, presented by Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Shift in Action, minute 14, 22:02 minutes duration, MP3, 10. September 2007


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