For eons treasure seekers had relentlessly hunted for the mother lode, an elusive and long rumored vein of purest gold.
It was said to be so blindingly brilliant that the mere sight of it would make men turn away from all other temptations. So transfixing was its purity and beauty that he who held but a nugget in his hand would thereby possess such wealth as not even all the kings and emperors had ever amassed.
Of course people appeared who promised maps and excursions, for a price, to where the mother lode could be found but the gullible would always find only disappointment and no comfort for their loss of time, hopes and investments.
So many who vainly sought the mother lode often simply settled for the abundant, easily obtained fool’s gold. But the painful realization gnawed away within them that they were still as impoverished as any pauper because, despite the glittering surface, they grudgingly knew it to be devoid of any real depth and value.
One day a most unusual thing happened. A dedicated seeker, who had never surrendered to frustration or despair, announced to all who would listen that he had indeed found the object of his long, indefatigable search. At first he was scorned and not believed, especially since he also said that the treasure was truly so close at hand that it had been overlooked, time and time again.
He then not only described how it exceeded all expectations and fanciful rumors, but he also willingly told them all where to find the mother lode. In fact, he not only described its location, he also took all who were interested directly to it and, even beyond that, instead of claiming it solely for himself, he invited them to take of it freely, without limit!
Some recognized a treasure beyond compare and indeed gratefully partook of its inexhaustible wealth. In turn, they, like the one who had selflessly brought them to it, invited others to do the same. And, with the realization of its unlimited abundance and inestimable value, freely available to any who truly desired it, long held fears about scarcity, hoarding and theft, that had kept the people in darkness for so long, dissolved and vanished from their consciousness.
There were those who desperately tried even harder to ensnare the gullible into buying their fables and useless maps to non-existent treasures. And while they would occasionally catch the attention of those who were still unaware that the mother lode had been found and was theirs too for the taking, soon their charade would come to its inevitable end, leaving the peddlers alone with their tall tales, greed and cynicism.
Truly, the mother lode had always existed well hidden in plain sight. And once discovered it was also found to be accessible forever more inside of each one who sought it. And instead of fashioning fancy trinkets with which to merely adorn themselves and impress each other, the people found that this treasure brought an even deeper satisfaction, and revealed many more hitherto unnoticed facets, the more they contemplated, studied and shared it with each other.