Fairy Tale

In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself again in a dark wood,
that the straight way was utterly lost.” – Dante Alighieri  ”Inferno”

Once Upon a Time…

There is a race of beings that exist on a distant planet millions of miles from the Sun.  When they are born, their birthrights are gifts and blessings of exceptional power expressed in their acceptance, amity, compassion, creativity, kindness, transformation and above all else, love.  They are spiritual beings of light that live in symbiosis with a physical body.  All have a mind that allows them to learn, grow, expand and live their wisdom inspired by the language of the universe, consciousness.  Yet, what unites every aspect of their being-ness is something quite extraordinary, their heart.

This race of beings lived in union with each other and nature.  They learned to build shelters, hunt and harvest food, conserve resources, record their history, perform sacred ceremonies and live as a flourishing clan.  For many centuries, these beings handed down their traditions to future generations for the stewardship of the planet upon which they lived and thrived.  Though their lifestyle was extremely difficult, they were very happy, healthy, hearty and peaceful.  Every aspect of their lives was a reflection of how they lived them by who they were being.

…all of the beings…

A darker time arose in their harmonious history, an era of fear, selfishness and conflict.  As their spirituality grew, so did their egos.  The members of this clan began to doubt, worry, envy, clash and disband.  They abandoned their centuries-old traditions that had sustained their culture’s abundant, creative, dynamic and enlightened way of life.  They surrendered their benevolence, empathy, purpose and destiny to pursue a path of vanity, intelligence, selfishness, decadence and superiority.  In the span of a generation, all that was customarily true and sacred to them had been buried beneath decades of pride.

The clan became many, each with its distinct tradition, belief, ritual and lifestyle.  They spread out over the land to distance themselves from whom they had become, and whom they had once been.  Their social standards deteriorated into anger, cruelty, hatred, violence and fear.  Their well-being and life expectancy yielded to disease, viruses, illnesses, plagues and ultimately death.  The mortality rate of infants and children decimated their clans.  The loss of their youth cast a long shadow over them, as the final strands of their communities were severed by their reckless abandon.

…all across the land…

Generations of time had come and gone, lived in apprehension, hardship, hopelessness and meager survival.  This Dark Age bred lack, politics, war, crime, corruption, depravity, manipulation and obsolescence.  The once strong and virtuous clan had descended into segregated inauthenticity, inequality, injustice, and insanity.  The common lifestyle the clans now separately lived was driven by the accumulation of wealth, possessions, land and people.  Monuments and statues were erected to impose a blind loyalty, devoted dependency, firm obedience and civic arrogance.

The natural world and the planet were impacted by the mere presence and existence of the clans.  Species of animal, insect and plant life diminished into extinction.  Entire ecosystems collapsed under the escalating appetites, demands, and consumption of their entitlement to the world.  The youth that survived lived in enslavement and under the tyranny of a social system that served the illustrious few at the cost of the impoverished many.  Those whom were intent on returning to clan life as it had once been long ago were ridiculed, chastised, discredited, imprisoned or put to death.

“This mountain is so formed that it is always wearisome when one begins the ascent,
but becomes easier the higher one climbs.” – Dante Alighieri “Purgatorio”

…transcended their silence…

The clans began to delve deeper into their planet to extract more and more resources to stockpile and employ as superficial value to acquire more and more power.  When conventional means of acquisition proved unsuccessful, more aggressive actions were taken that claimed the lives of millions.  Modern technology replaced or erased healthy, peaceful and empowered lifestyles with idleness, lethargy and expectancy.  The very devices that were designed to make life easier for the clans were causing them to be ignorant, isolated, distracted, divisive and terminally ill.

Their hunger for more produced a social vortex that consumed their energy, time, experience, relations, purpose, destiny and lives. They soon became detrimental to themselves.  Their very lifestyle was killing them.  Amidst the fear, horror and tragedy they enabled with their apathy, acquiescence and participation, they had forgotten they alone created the tapestry of lunacy to which they were enslaved.  Apprehension, delusion and oblivion were the common standards that kept the clans preoccupied with the simulated fairy tale their lives had become.

…and made their stand.

A new era began and something remarkable happened.  Something quite unexpected broke the surface of the clans’ repressed awareness.  It started with a simple few and grew to a movement of many across the land.  As gradually as the ancient, sacred traditions had been replaced with artificial life, the long lost gifts and blessings their earliest ancestors once lived returned.  The true color of life that had been tainted by greed, control, indifference and fear blossomed once again.  One by one, the clans emerged from generations of obligatory obscurity.

Within the wisdom of their recovered truth, consciousness and love, the many clans discovered merit in supporting, empowering, listening to and relating with their distant kinsfolk.  They focused on the ancient, native similarities they shared with each other and shifted their intention of simply surviving into one of truly thriving.  They found their true power in the expression of their acceptance, amity, compassion, creativity, kindness and transformation.  The clan’s individual wants were exchanged with a common need only one way of being could fulfill, unity.

Epilogue:                            

Thousands of cultures around the world throughout the history of humanity have fallen prey to the vicious cycle of living a two-dimensional experience in a three-dimensional existence.  Most come and go from this world never realizing and manifesting their natural vision, truth and purpose.  The measure of our enslavement to our own personal fairy tale is a representation of our apathy, selfishness and fear.  It is quite ordinary to adopt and follow a fate that is a product of our society.  Though it is indeed extraordinary to create and live a destiny that is an expression of our love.

“…as a wheel turns smoothly, free from jars, my will and my desire were turned by love,
The love that moves the sun and the other stars.” – Dante Alighieri “Paridisio”

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