“Put a Bit of a Sail up, and You’ll Capture all the Truths we Give You.
[Another Talk from Bob the Marina –Annotation by Peter who received the talks from Bob]
[Bob was a particular favourite of the group. He would always cheer us up with his views on both life and Spirit, and would offer readily understandable concepts on a variety of topics to help us with our understanding. From various “appearances” at the group, we discovered that Bob was a seaman and served on sailing ships some hundreds of years ago, and always spoke through Peter in a “cockney” type accent. We’ve endeavoured to translate that cockney accent into words to keep it as close to the original recording as we could].
Good evening everybody. You was talking earlier on about the sea, we’ll I’ll tell you’s a bit about the sea. I want you to think about boats, proper boats with sails up, now, what makes the boat go along through the sea? Well, I’ll tell you what makes the boat go along, and that’s the wind. If you didn’t have the sails up, then the boat wouldn’t go along no matter how much the wind tried to blow, the wind could blow and blow, but if the sails were down the boat’s not going to go anywhere.
However, if you puts up a bit of sail, the boat would fair scoot along.
What I’m trying to say is, to get the boat to go you have to put a bit of effort in, and the more effort you puts in, the faster you go. And, if you puts all the sails up, try really hard, you’ll go ever so quick. Ah! That’s the ticket, that’s what you needs to do, ‘cos the more you put in, the more you get out. ‘Cos you can sit there and think, “well I don’t want to try too hard today”, and then what happens is you don’t go very far. If you sit there and say, “I’m not going to do anything today”, then no matter how much we blow, you’re going to sit there, and then at the end of the day you’ll say, “cor, I haven’t done much today”, and we’ll say, “cor, who’s faults that then? Not ours we’ve been blowing all day”.
Put a bit of a sail up, and you’ll capture all the truths we give you. So what’s all these truths then? Well, truths are a bit like fruit. You might think that that’s a funny thing to say, but it’s not, ‘cos fruit comes in all different shapes and sizes. Small ones, like grapes, big ones, like coconuts, all different shapes and sizes. You could have a great big arm full. You have to watch out you don’t drop any, ‘cos they’re all important, the coconuts are no more important than the grapes. They’re a bit more like truth than just the size, ‘cos truth comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, small bits you pick up quickly, like a grape, to a coconut which is hard and hairy and takes a bit of working at. ‘Cos sometimes I says, “truth’s not all what it seems to be”, you might think, “ah I understand that”, but it’s a bit like a coconut, what you’re really seeing and understanding is the outside, and inside, where the milk is and the fresh fruit, you’re missing it, all you can see is the hairy old outside. ‘Cos sometimes you have to do a bit of work to break through. And sometimes the truth is so delicate, it’s just like a grape, and if you’re not careful you could crush it all up. You say, “I can’t crush up truth, that’s silly”. It’s not, not at all silly, you can easily destroy truth without meaning to. You can pass it by, or dismiss it, it’s as good as destroyed then isn’t it, like dropping it on the floor.
So you have to be very careful, don’t pick up more than you can carry. Not much point in lugging a coconut around all the time if you never gets around to get to the inside of it. Far better to start with the grapes, things you can manage easy.
What I will say is, remember the coconut, not just because it’s hairy on the outside and funny looking, but because there’s more to it than what you might immediately think.
Like when we say to you, “you’re all spirit”, you say “that’s right we are”. I sometimes think you’re a bit like finding a coconut, you’ve see the outside, but you haven’t really got to the middle. Not putting your sails up enough. Now I can’t break open the coconuts for you, you’ve got to do that yourselves. You have to use, like, like something inside, like something right deep inside to look at truth, ‘cos you can’t see truth with your eyes, ‘cos your eyes will tell you what you want them to see, they see any old sorts of things, they can play tricks. You’re eyes inside can’t, ‘cos they look at things slowly, and they looks at things carefully. And using these eyes, that’s how you know there’s more to a coconut than just a hairy old shell. That inside that coconut there is food and drink. So that’s some things to think about isn’t it, things for you to dig your teeth into.
You all a bit quiet (listening to you).
Remember the coconut, don’t look at things and say, “oh, that’s straight forward I can see that’s the truth”. Look a bit deeper, what’s really there, what are we really trying to show you? No good you saying, “Well, you might as well show us straight away then”, ‘cos you wouldn’t see it. Some things you have to find out for yourself, and if you don’t put your sails up and have a go, then you’re never going to see them.
It’s a bit like living all your life in a cave and thinking, “crikey it’s always dark”, but outside the sun is shining down. You think, “oh, I can’t be bothered to get up”, but if you did, and moved along the cave a bit, you’d be out in the sunshine, and you’d say, “oh, this is nice”. It’s all to do with sails isn’t it, check that you’ve put them up.
I like stories about boats, about the sea. Do you know there’s more sea than there is land?
Any way I’ll leave you with that. Give it some thought, and I say God bless to each one of you, God bless you.
17/07/95 – Peter