Mythology & Parables in the Modern World 4
Our Self is the true center of our being and the place from which our individual truth emanates. It’s where we can come to know our passions, our place in the world, our purpose and our destiny. Without our Self we truly have nothing, except the reference structures around us which are now crumbling. Yes, crumbling! The evidence is there; we see it every day in the media. To clarify, crumbling here does not mean total disintegration, although some would argue that is indeed the case. To me it means a rather serious Reshuffling.
The signs or symbols that define this rising Era are the Self at the center of the personality and the Soul as its Spiritual counterpart. Ego now belongs to the dying era that we are leaving behind. Self and Soul are inextricably intertwined. They are one and the same at a fundamental level – like Particle and Wave in Physics, which both describe the electron. Self and Soul are the same because they come from our Divine Nature which, by the way, does not reside anywhere but inside of Us. You, We, I, are the source of our Being and the home for this Divinity. You, We, I, are God, incarnate in a body.
Now, if I say to you - Trust Your Self! Believe in Your Self! Be Your Self! – can you in any way go wrong? Can you say – He’s lying, I shouldn’t trust myself? Can you say – I can’t trust him because he’s telling me to trust me? We could go on with more examples, but you can already see that this argument becomes absurd. Trusting your Self and connecting with your Soul are essential to being who you are. And from that perspective, they cannot be questioned. Because, if you can’t trust your Self and you can’t believe in your Soul, then nothing you believe in has value!
Here is the inherent beauty of Myth. Whether it’s a story or a parable, their simple truth is undeniable, unmistakable, because they point to You; they are a mirror to You. You are free to use them or not, to agree or not. They are not dictates, they are reference points. Parables are also Myths by the way, teaching tools in much the same way. They were the counterpart to Myths during Christ’s era. Today, movies, books, television and music tell the stories that men and women on hilltops used to recite so long ago. Yes, Parables or Myths are still being told to us today.
Alright, so back to “Trust Yourself” now, what does that mean? It means: Feel what your feel; Speak your truth; Acknowledge your mistakes; Do your very best; Pray for guidance; and LISTEN! Yes, Listen to that guidance that bubbles up from within you, from your Heart, or Feeling Center. There it is in action – your Feelings; your Inner Guidance; the I Am That I Am, all at work inside of you – to:
Give You the Truth about You!
How can you go wrong? You can’t.
How can you say no? You cannot.
How can you go forward? Right Now!
With hope, determination and clear-headedness, you can activate that Power that is Yours. So you can be true to You, which is He, and bring forward those Gifts which are Yours to share with the World.
Now every once in a while, something happens in Life that can shake us up. For some, it could be a course of study. For others, it could be a movie, a life crisis, a particular song, a major loss, a trauma or similar challenge. A good crisis or major loss can be a great waker-upper. As an example, my own changes leading to the present began about 9 years ago, after my wife took ill with Multiple Sclerosis. I was scared and started listening more inwardly.
Until then I was a fairly traditional psychotherapist, plying my craft as I was trained to do. Mixing in some intuition with other guidance was part of my style and I got by. Then one day, after this crisis hit, I started writing. Actually, I felt compelled to write – stories, poetry, music, with a spiritual bent, a mythical flavor, a growth orientation. And these writings were all about the same thing – Knowing Your Self; Being True to Your Self; Waking up to Soul; Children’s Spirituality; Song Lyrics and Reflections. From these writings came my first book of Parables, then another, and another, until I had six manuscripts on this subject; and yes, song lyrics for about 125 songs to this point. Mythology, Spirituality and Personal Growth were now moving through me.
So what is trying to be born through you, friend? What are your gifts and passions telling you? Creativity is a challenge, but we’re all built to handle it. Our inherent design, as spiritual-physical beings, drives us to create. Watch children. They create without inhibition. It is their nature. Well it’s ours too. And we’ll resume this discussion in Part 5 and bring this course to a conclusion.