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This bittersweet tale is a re-telling of a Ugandan story. Unlike many how and why stories which explain the way the natural world came to be, this tale describes how our inner landscape took its uniquely human shape.

A long time ago, in the beginning of things, Worldmaker made the world. Worldmaker made the earth and stars and water and creatures. Man and Woman were given intelligence, but they did not posses Heart.

    One day Worldmaker called Sun, Moon, Darkness, and Rain and said, “My children, I have almost finished making the world. Soon the time will come for me to leave. I am going to send Heart in my place. Before I leave you, my children, I would like to know what you plan to do when I have gone. You, my bright Sun, what will you do?

Sun answered, “Worldmaker, I will become hotter and hotter, and shine upon the Earth with all my strength!”

   Worldmaker spoke to the Sun and said, “No, my child. That is not a good idea. You would burn the world with your heat and dazzle it with your brightness. No, Sun, here is what you must do. Take turns with Rain. After you warm the Earth, let Rain come and refresh it. That is the proper way to be.

And you, Rain, what did you have in mind?”

“Oh, Worldmaker, I want to pour and pour and pour and pour upon the Earth, and cover it with my waters!”

   “No again, my dear one. If you flood the Earth, all the creatures will be swept away. Instead, take your turn with Sun. You will cool and water the Earth in the proper season, and Sun will warm it again.

How about you, Darkness, what do you intend to do?”

“I want to Rule FOREVER! shouted Darkness.

   “Child, this cannot be. If you ruled forever, the creatures of the Earth would not be able to look upon the Loveliness I have made for them. No, Darkness, you will rule only when Moon is in its last quarter. Only then will you have your dominion.

And as for you, Moon, my sweet, strange child, the night will be yours to shine in. Sometimes you will shine full and round, sometimes you will make a thin crescent of light. Up and over you will go, cutting loose dreams.

So it will be forever, my children. But my time has come to leave you, and this world that I have made. I will send Heart in my place.”

   So saying, Worldmaker disappeared. Not long afterwards Heart came into the world. Heart was small and red, about the size of my fist. Heart was crying. Heart came to the children of Worldmaker and said, “ I am looking for the one who made me. Tell me where I can find the one who made this world.”

Sun, Moon, Darkness and Rain replied, “We do not know where Worldmaker has gone. We don not know where you must search.”

Heart said, “I long to meet the one who made me, but since the Worldmaker has gone away, I will enter into Man and Woman, Perhaps through them I will find the one I seek.”

And so, ever since then, every child of Man and Woman has been born with a longing to meet the one who made the world. And that is what we call Heart.

This story was given to me when I was taking my yoga teacher training as a handout while working on the Heart Chakra. It is retold by Dan Yashinsky from his book “The Storyteller at Fault” and appeared in a Toronto magazine, called Why in 1995.

My intent for writing this story is for my granddaughter but my hope is also for you, my readers, to also read it to your children or grandchildren, Young or Old!

Blessings,

Margarit

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