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The Quest.

The mythology that fascinates me the most is that of the Quest for the Grail. Even as a young child, that word Quest held some enchantment, even before I knew what it meant. It is a body of mythology that I imagine I shall return to in future posts, but for now I will begin with this:

One aspect of the Grail is that it is said to be everywhere. Indeed, it is right next to the seeker but he does not see it…until he is ready to see it or has asked the right question.
The potential existence of some form of energy everywhere is an interesting development within quantum theory. The work of Einstien, and later, the quantum and particle physicists have explored this area of zero-point field, dark matter, the internal workings of the atom, etc.

An exploration into the concept of an underlying force within everything. It has long been accepted that energy and mass are manifestations of the same basic essence. They just resonate at different frequencies. The electro-magnetic force which binds particles, essentially, being stronger in things with more mass, acting as the “glue” which holds that mass together and which we perceive as solid.The author Danah Zohar has some interesting points regarding this in her book The Quantum Self with reference to Bose-Einstein condensates and more recent literature concerning how the brain functions with regard to emotions also points to a field of energy that exists within and without.

The fascinating aspect for me is the similarity of these scientific findings with the teachings of such spiritual traditions as Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism.

Chi, Ki, Prana, the Tao.

This underlying source of all things has been a significant part within these teachings, used on a practical/spiritual level with things such as Feng Shui, Acupunture, and Yoga and also including practices such as meditation, divination and harmonious living.

Living in the Tao is living in harmony with the universal energy.

Balancing Chakra energy is living in harmony with the universal energy.

Attaining the Grail is….you guessed it!

I firmly believe that the original grail mythology was the Northern European version of these teachings. There is only one universal truth, we just find different ways to express it. As the author Derek Bryce said in his book The Mystical Way and the Arthurian Quest; We all climb the same mountain to reach the summit, we just see different slopes up to it depending on the direction from which we come. We reach the top with different stories, different experiences, different views, but we have all climbed the same mountain. Once we are at the summit, we should share those views with mutual regard, honour and respect because only when we do share our experiences can we know the whole mountain.

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Bah! Humbug…..and Headmind.

A Christmas Carol remains Dickens’ best known Christmas story. By no means his only offering for the Christmas period, the others have receded in popularity. Darker and, perhaps, less accessable tales such as The Chimes are, hardly, known these days. It might be said that they struggle to create as cohesive and structured a story when compared to the well known tale of Scrooge, which is a shame. They are worth reading, if only once. To return to A Christmas Carol, below is an interpretation of facets of that cautionary tale which I first posted on a previous blog some years ago. It is a, purely, personal take on the teachings contained within the development of the main character and I post it here because such literary characters have become part of the milieu of mythological story telling and the lessons inherent within them.

In some respects one can interpret Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as a parable relevant to such treatments as Reverse Therapy and, to an extent, Buddhism.

Both these disciplines would agree that we cannot always, if ever, alter exterior events, but what we can change is our perceptions of and attitudes towards them.

The miserly Scrooge, obsessed about wealth and security, worrying about the loss of money and living from an attitude of Lack, is the voice of Headmind: The grasping, controlling, never satisfied and self-centered voice of doom, the ego, the self-obsessed critic voice  of fear chattering away within.

What changes in The Christmas Carol?

Christmas does not change. Nor do any of the other characters. Scrooge is “visited” by the voice of Bodymind urging him to get back in touch with feeling, with how he responded to Christmas as a boy. The “inner child’s” natural and spontaneous response to the magic of Christmas. The Voice of Christmas Future shows him the destiny that awaits if Headmind remains the strongest aspect of his character: A small life unlived, never loving or giving or trusting, mean and miserly not just to others but to himself.

So what changes in The Christmas Carol?

Scrooge’s attitude and perceptions of himself in relation to Christmas is all that changes. He listens to a different inner voice, that of Bodymind which wants him to embrace his own inner desire for fulfilment and happiness.

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