In a mother’s womb were two babies.

One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

The other replied: “Why of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will ask later.”

“Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I do not know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we cannot now understand.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we will not need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

The second responded, “Well, I do not know, but certainly we will meet mother and she will take care of us.”

The first said, “Mother? You actually believe in mother? That’s laughable. If mother exists, then where is she now?”


The original parable was told by Henri J. W. Nouwen, however many ‘mini-versions’ adapted from the writings of Pablo Molinero have circulated around the internet over the last couple of years in different forms. Nevertheless, this piece is a thought-provoking idea. What if you could remember life before life? In a way, isn’t that what consciousness is all about—remembering the truth of who we truly are? My question to you is, How are you becoming more conscious? 

The invitation is here to extend the dialogue to your daily life. The gifts are endless. It’s time for you. Because you can.

Here is the link to Pablo’s complete version:

Human First/Consciousness



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