The parable of the ship, the Captain and the Owner
This parable explains the setup of all Mankind. We are each born knowing nothing, not even being able to see for the first two weeks or so. Then we are “born” into the body where we live for the first two years of our lives. Basically the body is our ship and the first two years represents the time the ship is being built in the dock. At the age of two the ship is launched into the water and the captain comes on board and wants to take over. Of course, the crewmen resist and there is a battle for ownership that the captain always wins in the end! This battle is known as “the terrible twos” by parents.
Once the captain is in the drivers seat, the ship really doesn’t go anywhere for about another 6 years, as the captain is learning the ropes of being a captain and getting the ship into order – “ship-shape and Bristol fashion!”
At the age of 7 or 8 the ship actually leaves the berth for the first time for trial runs. These last another 7 years until the ship is ready for the owner to come on board at the age of 15 – the minimum age of spiritual maturity.
The owner takes some time to settle in, depending on their education (most people are sadly lacking in this aspect). Sometimes the owner is weak-willed and won’t take over ownership of the ship. This is a common ailment that leaves the Captain in charge of the ship as substitute owner and the Captain, whilst good at his job of controlling the ship and the crew, cannot make decisions! If the captain is allowed to make decisions, they are invariably bad decisions and the ship ends upon the rocks!
After I was reborn I spent 6 months trying to destroy my ego (the Captain of the ship) but couldn’t do it no matter how hard I tried. So I asked God, “why can’t I destroy my ego?” and God replied, “Because I created him to serve you! Go to him and make peace, allow him to do his job and you do yours, and everyone will be happy!” So I did that, and approached him in Peace instead of battle, talked to him and told him that he was the captain, it was his job to run the ship and to take the ship places. It was My job to decide where to go! If he was happy with that I would stop fighting him and support him instead. Was he Happy? You bet your life he was/is!
Now I tell the captain where I want to go and he plots the course, provisions the ship, organizes the crew and sets off to My Destination! When he was in charge, whenever he made a decision the ship ended up on the rocks of the harbour, never even reaching the ocean. So everyone is happy now.
What happens when we die? Again use the ship parable. When we die the ship sinks, taking the crew with it. The Captain always goes down with his ship. However I, as the owner, simply go out to the helipad and hop into my helicopter and fly away into the sky to safety! That is the difference between Me, the owner, and me the captain. I am immortal, he is mortal. The ship represents our body whilst the captain represents our brain/ego. I however, the owner, represent the soul. The soul is immortal, living forever, whilst the ship and the captain have a use-by date when they can no longer keep afloat. When the ship sinks it is called death, but only two of three parts actually die. The owner lives on. Many are in denial of this fact. This is the way of all human life.
What about animals, I here someone saying? Animals also consist of a ship and the captain, but all animals have just one owner, who doesn’t live on the ship at all. This is called a collective soul. And that is the difference between Man and animals; man has an individual soul, whilst animals have a collective one. The parable of the Garden of Eden represents our release (not expulsion) from the animal way of life, from a collective soul to an individual soul.
How do you know if a person hasn’t made Peace with the captain? Because the ego will be in control and they will be addicted to something – like power, cars, sex, money, drugs, gambling, lying, cheating, stealing etc. In these cases the captain is in control and wrecking the ship, because the owner has a “hands off” policy – they are basically asleep. Once the owner awakens and confronts the captain, everything can change in that persons life! The soul makes a decision and quitting smoking is done, as are all addictions, although the ship may have to go back into dock (therapy) to repair the damage done!
So that is the parable of the Owner, the captain and the ship. Once all three are working together in their rightfull places then that person is “whole“. Once a person is whole, the ship cruises the seas and everyone aboard benefits!