December 12th, 2013
by admin · Filed Under: Faith · Guidance · Inspiration · Spiritual Health · healing · meditation · wisdom
It takes courage to start something, to realize the truth of our being and to step out in the direction that the Spirit leads us. It takes courage also to keep on keeping on. And that’s what he’s saying. And if you’ve already started it, it’s best to keep on keeping on because you can’t stop in the middle of it. It starts with that quiet place within us, and it ends by going deeper and deeper and deeper.
What happens when we start on that journey is that at first we have some tender remembrances and wonderful revelations come to us. But, also, the stirring of things within us that we need to release come to the surface, old beliefs, old habits, old limitations that need to go. So it’s not always a journey of light and life; it’s also sometimes a journey of darkness and struggle.
There’s an interesting story from Sweden, a traditional story, about that process. The story goes that there’s a princess called Ariss. Her parents, the king and queen, have had mishaps in their life and because of this they tell their daughter Ariss that she has to become betrothed to a dragon, a fearsome dragon.
She, of course, is frightened and at first doesn’t know what to do. She collects her wits and goes across the marketplace to meet with a wise woman whom she has heard about, a woman who lives beyond the marketplace and is the mother of twelve children and grandmother of twenty-nine grandchildren and who is wise in the ways of men and dragons.
So she goes to the wise woman and says, “This is what I’m supposed to do. Can you help me?” The wise woman says to her, “Well, you’ve got to marry the dragon. You have to do that, but you have to take some protective measures. Here’s what you do: On your wedding day, you wear not one beautiful gown but ten beautiful gowns, one on top of the other. Then when you go to the bedchamber of the dragon, here’s what you do.” And she told her what to do.
The wedding day comes along, they have a great feast in the palace, a dance and everything, and they get married, and the dragon approaches her to take her to the bedchamber. They go to the bedchamber and she says to the dragon, “Now we have to take off our clothes in proper order, and it’s important that we do this with grace and with dignity. Every time I take off a garment, you must also take off a layer.”
The dragon agrees to this. So she takes off her gown, and underneath of course she has nine more. She says, “Now it’s your turn.” So he has to take off the scales, the outer scales of his body. And he claws off the scales. Of course, he’s done some of this before because dragons sometimes shed their skin just like snakes do. So he scratched off the scales.
Then came the next one and the next one, and by the time she got down to the fifth garment the dragon was crying copious amounts of tears because of the pain of scratching off the scales of his being. She keeps on taking off her gowns, and each time the dragon takes off a layer. And his body is becoming more tender and more tender all the time, and more vulnerable, and lighter. It’s beginning to feel lighter all the time. When the bride, the princess, takes off her last garment, immediately the dragon is no more and a handsome prince stepped out of the carcass of what was the dragon.
So the prince and the princess come together and they go to the bedchamber to carry out the advice of the wise woman beyond that point.
So that’s really our journey, removing the scales of the dragon. When we first move into that quiet place we have to deal with the restlessness and resistance of our body. We have all of that to work through, and then the resistances of our heart where anger may come up, and emotions of pride and all the different emotions. We have to begin to release them, so we can become still again. And then all of the thoughts in our mind, the layers of the mind we have to get rid of come up, all of those thoughts that are going through our minds all the time, where we have things to do and places to go.
And all of that has to quiet down before we come to that place where the prince and princess dwell within us – all of those characters are within us, just like in a dream, the dragon, the princess, the king and the queen, the one that put the enchantment on the young prince to begin with, the prince, the wise woman, they’re all there within us. And we come to that point where the two come together, where the male and female come together and we become a whole person. But then, again, we are at a new beginning.
That’s the spiritual journey. But the thing is that, with every challenge also comes a blessing; with every letting go comes the touch of angels to lighten us up and move us along the way. No matter what is happening in our life there is the light that is leading us on toward the truth of our being. It’s already there within us.
It’s not a journey toward the light, the light is already present. So with that light within us we can journey through light and dark experiences, we can journey through ups and downs, we can journey through the mountains. We know that no gorge is so deep that God is not there, for God is in all things. And . . . “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
And God is Blessing You, Right Now!
Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham
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