An opportunity to share any inspiring readings we've found, held onto or cherished along the way. .....Here goes one I've again found recently that I still think is great. This one might very well be a tough one to read as it is lengthy, but if you make your way to the end, I think you'll find it well worth it. Author unknown It was in biblical times that a young king from a distant land heard of the wisdom and kindness of King Abraham and asked his court astrologers and seers to come and see a portrait of Abraham he had just obtained and tell him what they could see in Abraham's face so that he could better be prepared for meeting with this famous king. Expecting to hear of evidence of Abraham's fine qualities, the young king was stunned to hear warnings that the face of Abraham did not show kindness and wisdom and the other great virtues for which Abraham was famous, but instead showed cruelty and arrogance and a fierce heart full of vengeance. They warned the young king to give up his idea to make a pilgrimage to meet with Abraham for they feared for his life with such a dangerous and heartless fellow. They persisted, but the young king would not relent in his plan to visit the famous King of Israel. And so it was that the young king from a distant land made his pilgrimage to see Abraham. Taking but a small entourage with him he took leave of his people with a heavy heart, not entirely sure he would ever return again. Upon reaching Abraham's kingdom he asked for an audience with the great King. And on the third day of his visit Abraham granted his wish and the young king met the old and great King of Israel. As he walked in the room he saw a face full of peace and kindness unlike any face he had ever seen before. He saw a wise and gentle soul full of strength and above all he saw a spiritual man full of holiness. After an hour or so of a wonderful conversation in which the young king learned a great deal about himself and being a leader of men, he gathered the courage to ask the great king a question which had disturbed him greatly. He said, "Dear friend, I do not mean to offend but please answer a question which has troubled me this whole time we have spent together. In preparation for this trip I sought out and bought a painting of you done in your youth. I asked my seers and astrologers to analyze your face so that I might know you better when we met. What they told me troubled me greatly. They said to beware of you for they saw cruelty and vengefulness and arrogance in your face. Yet now as we speak all I feel for you is love and respect and all I see is wisdom and kindness. Please explain this confusion to me if you can." Abraham smiled gently and said to the young king. "What your seers and court astrologers saw in my face was true. I have all those qualities that they saw in my portrait." The young king went to protest but Abraham held up his hand to quiet the young king and went on. "What your court astrologers and seers could not see in that portrait of my youth was my struggle to overcome those defects of character. All of us, my young friend, possess a dark side. It is in the struggle to transform those dark qualities into love that we come to know the best in ourselves and reach true communication with God." .....not to discount this, as again I just love it, but many readings are powerful and not quite as long. Hope someone can appreciate this one, as much as I do.