Flea Markets Junk Yards And Spiritual Growth
A Flea Market is a tongue-in-cheek term for an open-air or street market for mainly secondhand merchandise, which would be the type of items that might be infested with fleas. The first flea markets were in Paris and they were called marché aux puces which translates to "market with fleas."
A Junk Yard is defined as "an establishment or place of business which is maintained, operated, or used for storing, keeping, buying, or selling old or scrap copper, brass, rope, rags, batteries, paper trash, rubber debris, waste or junked, dismantled or wrecked automobiles, or parts thereof, iron, steel, and other old or scrap ferrous or nonferrous material or for the maintenance or operation of an automobile graveyard."
In both of the examples, there are items ... that some people no longer want, do not know the value of, or are meant to ultimately end up in the hands of other for their personal use. You've heard the phrase "one mans trash is another mans treasure." And any weekend you'll find thousands of people rummaging through both businesses on a search. Sometimes they know what they're looking for, and sometimes not. But you'll find that they all walk away with something they didn't have when they got there.
This is how I present my findings when it comes to Ancient Wisdom, World Religions, Spirituality, and philosophy. I lay out on display what I have found, to be seen by all in open view, but my business is entirely free. You can browse as long as you like and when you find something you like or something you feel can be useful in your life ... by all means pick it up and take it with you.
There will be things that you may not like, things that may not like you, things you may not feel you have a need for or serve any purpose in your life. Leave those, because for someone else, they may be jus what they were looking for. When you are Truth Seeker as I am, you have to turn over every rock, climb every tree, open every box to find what lies beneath or within. Here, is where Truth has been hidden. This is what the Book of Revelation is about. It is an unveiling, an uncovering of what was once hidden. The Greek meaning for Apocalypse is "to bring forth that which was hidden ... to expose something."
I find the curious goods. I display them. If you don't like anything you see, move on to the next table. If you find something meaningful or useful, take it and keep shopping.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.