ARCHIVES Written by international spiritual
author Roy E. Klienwachter
Opportunity comes to everyone no matter one's social standing,
education or personal circumstances.
Bankei lives beside a garbage dump in a small village. Bankei is 11
years old and he spends his days from sun up to sun set scavenging the dump for
food and anything that he can find of value that he can trade for food or
clothing. Now, because he lives in such a poor village, there is seldom found
anything of worth that he can trade.
Bankei decided very early in life that he would not accept his life
as it was-he would move from this village and become successful. He would do it
by becoming a wealthy merchant. As he sat exhausted on a rock near the heap of
the day's garbage, well picked through, it came to him. Since his sixth birthday
he has worked to find just enough food to feed himself. All of the children did
exactly the same thing and for a day's work, they could live another day.
There were no other opportunities in this village, and the other
villages, were very much the same. He was told by his parents when they were
alive that one was born rich or poor-that's just the way it was. If you were
born poor, there would be no chance or hope of being anything else. Bankei was
encouraged to work the garbage dump and keep himself alive and pass on anything
extra to others. Bankei was an only child, taller and a little brighter than
most of the kids in his village. Others looked up to him and admired the stories
of hope that he would tell them.
Bankei did not believe that he would always live this way. He
believed that if he had the chance he would move away, to a bigger and more
prosperous village. He would no longer dig in garbage for his food.
Bankei was very observant and during his days on the garbage pile
he found things, mostly small objects that others had passed over. He saved
these objects and hid them away in a very special place in the forest. It was
his idea that he would save anything of value other than what he could eat, and
having gathered as much as he could carry-move into another village to trade for
better food and clothing. Each and every day, Bankei worked just a little
longer, to find just one thing that he could add to his collection.
Everything that he picked up was an opportunity for a better life.
He was aware enough to know that what he had collected, had value to others, and
therefore made him more valuable. Four more years in his village brought him to
a point where he had collected as much as he could carry and he made the
decision to leave.
Years of dreaming of another life gave him the strength, to move
quickly without hesitation, and when another opportunity came up to leave, there
was nothing that could hold him back. A group of men had stopped by the village
on their journey. Bankei was quick to welcome them and offered to fetch water.
Bankei was eager to hear their stories and quickly ingratiated himself into
Then as quickly as they came into the village-they left! Only, they
left with one other person-Bankei, and a sack of dreams that would soon become a
major burden to carry.
Four days from his village, he found himself in a much larger
village. There were many people with shops, roads and a village well. Bankei's
mind started racing as they walked to the town square and the centre of
activity. One of the first things that stood out for him was that there were
kids playing in the village square, and this was still early in the day. Should
they not be working in the dump?
The party settled down for the night at the grassy edge of the
village. When Bankei woke up in the morning, the men were gone, leaving him and
his sack of treasures. Excited by the new prospects of living in a village of
more opportunity, Bankei hid his sack and made his way towards the village well
for an early morning drink before he would start trading for food. Bankei was
not more than a few moments at the well, and when he returned to his place of
rest, he found his sack of treasure had been stolen. Bankei threw himself down
into the matted grass shaking with anger and disbelief. Tears overwhelmed his
drawn face and swollen eyes flooded the grass and parched earth below.
Reminded of his solemn vow to better himself and not give up,
Bankei dragged his feet back to the village square. A stranger in town, he was
noticed by many, and the villagers began asking him questions. One particular
villager befriended him and took Bankei to his family's hut where he was
welcomed as a very special guest. In gratitude for the hospitality of this
family Bankei offered to help where he could. The oldest children and parents
worked for a farmer of good stature and prominence in the area.
In the fields where Bankei worked he noticed wire staples lying
along the fence line, that workers had dropped, while erecting the fences. He
began gathering the staples and stored them is a safe place under his cot.
Before and after the harvesting season Bankei managed to gather hundreds of
these staples and nails. In an older less used section of this sprawled out
farmland, Bankei found many small things that workers had dropped or lost.
Always a gatherer and opportunist, Bankei soon had his stolen sack of treasure
replaced with another-an assortment of staples, nails and broken hand tools.
Bankei learned of a much larger village a few days walk through the
forest-a village where homes had wooden roofs and glass in the panes. Dwellings
that were held together with nails and yards that were fenced. Bankei recognized
the opportunity for what it was, and he set out to sell his nails, staples and
repaired tools to these new friends in need.
Bankei never made it to the village. While transversing a fast
moving river, he slipped and fell into the deeper water and was swept away. A
ten minute struggle for life ended up on a rocky bank. Bruised and bleeding
Bankei climbed to the muddy shore and quickly passed out from exhaustion.
Bankei awoke some time later to the sounds of voices around him.
Some local residents stumbled upon his battered body and brought him to their
small town. A woman of much kindness took care of his wounds and nurtured him
back to health. In gratitude, love, and respect Bankei stayed with her. During
this time she brought to him, his manhood, and taught him how to care for
himself and others. She was a very positive person as well, and taught Bankei
the value of always imagining a positive future.
She was an assistant to an aging local doctor, who also took Bankei
under his wing and taught him the art of medicine and healing. Bankei's gift of
"observations" made him an excellent student, and his gentle ways brought him
respect from local town's people as well as neighbouring villagers.
Bankei married his guardian angel, and 11 months later they had
there first child. About a year later, the doctor died of natural causes, and
Bankei took over his practice. Because of his prominence in the town, Bankei was
elected to the town council and his new family and practice flourished.
Bankei started off his life with nothing. He started at the very
bottom, scratching for food in a garbage dump. But there was one thing that he
knew-he would not live this way forever.
Bankei made a decision early in his young life-he would work a
little extra each day to save and improve his circumstances. His "root thought"
was that he would be successful. He imagined himself as a successful merchant
living in a village selling things.
It may not seem that he got what he desired-to be a successful
merchant. However, being a successful merchant was not his first thought. Being
successful, moving, and not eating from a garbage dump where his root thoughts,
and all his actions lead him to the manifestation of these two desires.
Collecting the objects to sell were instruments of his intention and they lead
him away from the garbage dump. They also lead him into places of opportunities
where he could make choices that would bring him what he most desired
mostly-success! Every foot step along his chosen path brought him success,
although it may not have looked like it at the time.
Determination and purpose brought the circumstances into his life
that would attract success. The power of intention was the force behind the
manifestation of success.
There is no one living under any conditions that cannot improve or
change their circumstances. Bankei had only one real thought-success, and that
is what he manifested. One is always successful if they understand how the
If I want a million dollars because that will make me "happy"-I may
get, "happy," but not the million dollars. I may also get the million dollars
and not find happiness. It is in the need for us to try and control the process
that we loose site of what we really want. A step towards the million dollars
will bring it, if that is what we desire. In Bankei's case a step towards
success brought it to him, but not in the manner that he chose. I was careful to
use two different words in this story, that appear to have the same meaning, but
do not. "Want" and "desire" are words that work differently in the process of
manifesting. You do not have a thing until you stop wanting it. Wanting is a
word that indicates that you do not have. The fastest way to get what you desire
is to know that you already have it. "It is my greatest desire to be more
successful" suggests that you are already successful. Therefore more success
will automatically come your way because you can only be what you already are.
If you are a person that is in the state of wanting-wanting is what you will
The expression, "be careful what you wish for-you may get it" is
absolute truth in manifesting the things that you desire. Most of us don't
really know what we desire, and we keep changing our minds, if we don't think
things are working the way they should be. The secret to getting what you desire
is to know what it is first, then, take the first step towards it. Make the
choices that will take you there. Opportunities will keep coming your way until
you have what you desire. It is a natural law that you always get what you think
Most of us do this very well on a subconscious level. It can also
be done effectively on a conscious level, on demand, with a little practice and
self control. The only thing that stands in your way of getting what you desire,
is your own thoughts. There is no one undeserving or incapable of getting all
that they desire-no matter what their present circumstances. I know this from a
spiritual connection to all others and from my own personal experience.
You always get another opportunity. Opportunity always knocks more
than once. If you don't believe that, then you already know why you are not
getting what you desire.
Roy is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. An international published author, a student of NLP, spiritual philosopher, New Age Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist. Roy's books and articles are thought provoking, and designed to empower your imagination.
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