Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.
I (Brooke) want to thank you for the depth you add to our lives.
I had been thinking about life, the Universe and all things in it, like I do a lot of times, and which tool or knowing could lift us out of challenges, worries and fears that most of us are dealing with. I was remembering the Law of Reciprocity, which basically means that whatever we are looking for is looking for us.
As I was pondering a real life example of this law, I came across a program called Secrets of the Bible (original air date 12/14/14). This episode on AHC Channel was about a historical detective and investigative journalist who was looking for the staff of Moses. This staff was believed to have created some of the most awe inspiring miracles in the Bible. It is the powerful instrument that Moses used to part the Red Sea.
The historian’s name is Graham Phillips, and he lives in Birmingham, England. Armed with immense curiosity and his copy of the Bible, he set out to find the staff of Moses. He started out by honoring a gut feeling that the staff was probably buried with Moses. The first clue that he found was far from encouraging. The Bible says: “(…) no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.” (Deut. 34:6). My first reaction to hearing this verse was, what the heck is a sepulchre? (a burial vault). Thank goodness for Webster and his knowledge of English language.
Even after reading these words, Phillips didn’t give up. Barely beginning his research, he hit a brick wall. He couldn’t believe the burial place of Moses had been forgotten! After some contemplation, he deduces that Moses is probably buried near his brother Aaron. The Bible, in black and white, says that Aaron is buried on Mount Hor in Jordan. Philips flies from England to Jordan. Mt. Hor is very close to Petra, which is one of the great wonders of the world. The site is huge, and it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. He is struck by the sheer scale of the task before him (isn’t that the way we all feel from time to time?) Following the clues like Hansel and Gretel, he finds a spot where he feels he has hit the jackpot, but he is powerless to investigate, never mind to excavate. Petra is Jordan’s national treasure. It’s a frustrating end to his quest, and reluctantly he returns home. What else can he do? He knows he can’t search in the field, now he wonders if he can follow leads closer to home. Did earlier explorers, by chance, find out about the grave of Moses?
Phillips starts an extensive search in the Birmingham Library. One account catches his eye. It’s the diary of two British adventurers, David Roberts and his friend John G. Kinnear. In 1939 they had actually excavated in the exact spot at Petra that Phillips had wondered about, and you guessed it- they had found a staff. Of course, they didn’t have a clue what the staff was, but they brought it back to England. From there the staff falls into the hands of John Wilson, a collector of antiquities. He sells it to the Earl of Devon who keeps it in his castle. Then in early 1912, it is sold again to Mr. Stanley May, an American collector. It seems that on the 10th of April, 1912, Stanley May takes the staff and his other treasures aboard a ship bound for the United States. Then Phillips makes an extraordinary discovery; it was the ship’s first, and also, last voyage. The ship’s name was Titanic.
Phillips talks about following the trail to the Titanic, and how devastating it was to think that maybe the staff is sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic. He decided not to give up and checked the records for Titanic survivors. Phillips then finds out that Mr. May had gotten off the boat in Ireland for a vacation, and had missed the last leg of the journey! Phillips can’t believe the turn of events. The survival of the staff is a miracle worthy of the Bible.
A year after the Titanic disaster, Stanley May sells it to Edward R. Ayrton, a distinguished British Archeologist. He dies in 1914. His artifacts are gifted to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. To Phillips’ astonishment he finds that some of the items were actually sent to a Birmingham Museum!
I wish I could have seen his face when he finds out that he could see the Birmingham Museum from where he has been standing in the Birmingham Library this whole time. He literally races across the courtyard separating the Museum from the library, and in the Egyptian gallery, there it is! The staff he has been looking for as far away as Jordan. It is a thing of beauty covered with hieroglyphics.
Other scholars are not necessarily in agreement with him that this is the staff of Moses, but it certainly is the staff that this particular historian was looking for. I was so thankful to the Universe for this example of the Law of Reciprocity. I think first knowing a concept like this not only exists, but permeates our lives, is so very comforting. Rumi sums it up very well: “What you seek, is seeking you.”
The other thing that this story clarified for me is that the tools we use are significant. A surgeon does not do surgery with a Triscuit. Here at Serenity Now we have specific tools for transformation. Come see us. Our amazing staff (the irony of the word ‘staff” is not lost on me; Moses had his miracles, we have ours) love connecting the right person to the perfect tool.