This one was number one. This was the most-read post out of 400 entries on my previous blog, The Fortress Of Potential. Apparently, “The stones will cry out” is a very much Googled entry. Given its popularity, I wanted to have it on this new blog, too. Besides, I love stones, and I feel that there is much more to them than meets the eye, or ear. You just have to be paying really close attention.
Here is an intriguing little quote from the Christian Bible, (NIV version). This quote, attributed to Jesus, follows immediately after He was admonished by Pharisees for allowing his disciples to loudly praise Him during what is referred to as His “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem, (Luke, 19:40). Jesus says this in response to their objections:
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
I am not a practicing Christian these days, (my view of spiritual matters has expanded considerably over the years), nor do I speak against it. I guess that you could say that I believe that whatever “God” is, it’s bigger than one story. In any event, as nearly as I can recall from many years of New Testament study, Jesus never made anyone do anything. Yes, He told people and spirits what to do but, just as with the salvation that he preached, whatever anyone did or didn’t do was their own decision, and they lived in the consequences of those decisions. So, this quote is really quite amazing if you think about it. If He remained true to His character, (and He would, because He could not do otherwise), He would not have forced the stones through some Godly power to “cry out;” they would have done so of their own accord.
From the perspective of the majority of people, stones don’t have mouths or ears, and don’t speak or hear anything. But Jesus, a fully realized consciousness, the essence of the “God force” in human form, seems to have been aware that they could, in fact, speak. Not only that, within the context of this scenario, they would “cry out” if the disciples didn’t, which implies that the stones could hear, as well.
Does that sound crazy to you? Probably.
Most Christians would likely conclude that I had taken the words out of context, and that Jesus was simply making the point that stopping the disciples voices could not prevent Him from being praised. But I don’t believe that was the case – I believe that He meant what He said in a literal sense.
I say this because of the thousands of years of history of indigenous cultures that used, (and continue to use), stones in rituals, to heal, to find things, etc. They even refer to rocks in many instances as the “stone people.” These people were “ignorant” by European reasoning, and no doubt they were if judged by their knowledge of European science and logic. But indigenous people tend to be very much in tune to nature and the environment; a lot more spiritual and a lot less “religious,” as was Jesus.
Jesus understood that all was “God.” He understood fully that all shared a piece of the cosmic cloth – everything had a form of consciousness, granted them by God. Maybe an object or being had a very slow vibration, or maybe very high, but everything was a vibration/manifestation of some aspect of God. So, to one such as Jesus, who was fully cognizant of the all-pervasiveness of Divinity, the stones “crying out” would come as no surprise whatsoever.
At this point, the question that comes to my mind is: who would hear it if they did? My guess is that only Jesus would hear it . . . possibly Peter, or one of the other disciples who had reached that state of understanding the Oneness.
There is a phrase that is attributed to Jesus that he often said, usually after a parable. It was “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Well, everyone gathered around him had ears, and heard what he said, but that clearly was not what he meant. There was something deeper . . . subtle . . . an understanding that came from more than simply hearing the words.
Are stones “alive?” Can they hear and speak? And if they DO speak, do you have “ears to hear?”
I am merely posing the question to you. I have said what I think, more or less. The biggest point of this post is to get you to OPEN – to get out of the mental strait-jacket that prevents you from engaging in the vastness of the Source. Who knows what you may discover?