Without hesitation, The Old Fox quickly obeyed. Hardly had he laid down his head, than he dreamed.
2 He dreamed of the days long ago, when his young brother had taken a fever, and all knew he was dying. Many hours The Old Fox had sat tending him, while his weary mother slept.
3 Late one night the young boy opened his eyes and looked at his brother. "Do not grieve, my brother. Do not fret. I have seen The Land where I am going, and I am not afraid. My mother's mother has held me in her arms and told me not to be afraid. I have no fear now, of leaving this place. I know the place I go to is bright and new. We will meet agian, my brother. Do not grieve." The boy closed his eyes and went to sleep, and did not wake again.
4 The Old Fox sat up in the cave with a start. "Little Fox!" he said, "The Spirit that guides me IS my brother, Little Fox!"
5 A noise outside drew his attention and he crept to the opening. There were men in the outer cave, and tents beyond the opening. As they were dressed in many styles of clothing and carried clubs tipped with large stones, The Old Fox knew they were bandits.
6 He crept back into his hiding place and went back to sleep, and again he dreamed. He was in the foggy place again, and his brother came up, and they embraced. "Come," his brother said, "there are still questions in your mind and it is best to answer them here."
7 The Old Fox found himself in a beautiful valley. There were farms and villages; shepherds guided their flocks in the hills. Farms had fine crops ready for the harvest. "Yes," The Old Fox said, "I have many questions. I still do not understand why we must be in the other world. This one is so pleasant. One has everything one wants. Why can't the plants and animals feed this world, and those like us stay here and grow?"
8 The young man smiled. "You have answered your own question," he explained. "There is nothing here to challenge us. There is no strife, no discourse. Here, a person knows instantly if another person lies to him.
9 Here, Truth is easily known....too easily. A Spirit here does not advance. The energy here only sustains it. Oh, there is a little growth, but not much. For one year that you live, you would have to be one-hundred here, to gain as much. Do you understand my words?"
10 "I think I see," The Old Fox answered. "Many complain about adversity and challenge, but the very things they complain about is what they need. It is adversity and challenge that makes us grow. It is learning to control strife and conflict that makes us advance!"
11 "You do learn, indeed, flesh of my flesh."
12 "But tell me," The Old Fox questioned, "why is it some men are so much wiser than others? Some men are almost like beasts, like animals, while others are mature and wise?"
13 "Again," said his brother, "you have unknowingly answered your own question! Come. There is something you must see!" And he took The Old Fox through the fog into the material world, and they stood by a small lake. "Look here," his brother demanded, "look at the water and concentrate."
14 The Old Fox did as he was told, and to his surprise the water seemed to come closer to him, and within the water were tiny creatures. There was a small fire inside them. Slowly the fire grew. The creature split in two and became two creatures. "You have just seen the birth of a soul," his brother told him. "Now watch the other creatures nearby; the larger one."
15 The Old Fox watched. Suddenly the side of the little creature opened up, and dozens of its young poured out. Suddenly, as they left its body, a spark of light appeared in each, and they swam away. "The little creatures make the soul," his brother said, "when it dies the soul goes into The Spirit World, then is reborn again, into a larger, smarter creature. This continues on and on. Come! There is something else you must see."
16 They came to a farm and The Old Fox saw a man talking angrily to a boy. "Look inside the man. Tell me what you see."
17 The Old Fox did as he was told. "I see another man," he explained, "but he seems more like a beast, but yet, he is a man."
18 "Look inside the boy," said his brother.
19 When The Old Fox did, he jumped back in surprise. "There is a cat inside of him," he said, "it is shaped like a man, but it is still a cat!"
20 "Now do you see?" his brother asked. "If you look back within yourself, you will see a beast, also. At one time all of us were beasts, and that beast, at all times, wants to rule us. It wants to be wild, free, taking what it wants. Each lifetime we must learn to control it a little more, cast off a little more of its primitivenes, ever-reach for The Light."
21 "I see," said The Old Fox, "I understand! Some men act like beasts, like animals, because they ARE animals! They have just begun to live in human bodies! They are almost all beasts!"
22 "Come," his brother commented, "you are learning too much too fast. You must rest now. If you do not, we will burn you out."
23 As they journeyed back to his body The Old Fox thought of something. "When I tell people of these things," he said, "those that have the beasts inside of them will not want to hear. Only those that have grown, that have
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