Do you really understand the magic of Fairy Tales? Let us look a litle more closely at their construct. Once upon a time, there was a young boy called Jack, a child who swapped his only possessions for some magic seeds. He really didn’t know why he did this, but he was subconsciously guided to accept the seeds. In other words, he swapped his normal consciousness for spiritual enlightenment.
His mother, symbolizing the feminine principle, or the tester of the emotional body, threw them outside where they immediately commenced to grow. The child was upset, but the next morning was amazed to see that the beans had grown into a huge beanstalk. Whenever our emotions are tested, and we accept the problem without anger, wonders start to happen. With the curiosity that only a child can have, he proceeded to climb the beanstalk. (Does this part remind you of the adage: “Unless you become like little children, you cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.”) He found himself in a strange land, and, seeing a castle in the distance, he set off towards it.
The castle belonged to a giant, and was filled with all sorts of the most wonderful treasures that he had ever seen. On his first visit, after looking around in amazement, Jack decided to take a hen that laid golden eggs. He knew that he and his mother would never be poor again and they lived for a time enjoying the luxuries provided by this unexpected gift. Here we have an explanation of an innocent mind being able to access the treasures of the Higher Self. The guardian symbolized by the giant, is still asleep at this stage.
But after a while, as most people do, Jack grew bored and restless and climbed the beanstalk again, and once more set off towards the castle. This time, heart in mouth, he took a bag of gold; the next time he took emeralds and pearls and the last time he took the giant’s harp. But the harp was a magic harp, it was a portal for a spiritual being, and it cried out to its master. The giant awoke and chased Jack nearly all the way down the beanstalk. But Jack chopped the beanstalk down and killed the giant.
This story is allegorical. It signifies the awakening of the channel between the incarnate personality and the Higher Self. And yes, when the channel reaches into the higher realms, one does perceive the treasures that are hidden there. But the giant, symbolizing the Dweller on the Threshold,* guards the entrance to the treasure house of truth—those great jewels of power, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, beauty, perfection and light that can be brought down into physical consciousness. The very heaven within starting to outmanifest, which, when found, will fulfill all things, enabling transformation to take place.
This door to the treasure house of truth, this kingdom of heaven within, has to be thoroughly guarded, because none could be entrusted with the ineffable power it contains without first learning the perfect control of their own thoughts and emotions, without giving up those things that are no longer necessary, unless you wish to do damage to yourself.
The great vibrating love that you begin to feel physically in your body as you travel a spiritual path is the gate that is straight and is there for your own protection. The Light symbolizing spiritual consciousness is the path so few have found.
Whenever a discordant or angry thought rears its ugly head, it is an opportunity for you to exert your power and transform it with infinite love. Love quells the vibrations of wrath instantly but only if you are constantly guarding your thought processes and not letting them run away with you.
This does not mean to say you push the emotions down and bury them; you do not. If you can nip the negative emotion and thought in the bud, you will be on the road to transformation. Now, love alone can slay the giant, as we said previously, commonly called the Dweller on the Threshold, that lies within each one of you, guarding the entrance to that storehouse of treasure that exists in the most subtle part of your being.
You would all be aware that there are two aspects to human nature. One part, which desires to cling to the things of the earth, and the other part which is not interested in earthly things at all, but hankers after those things we call spiritual. When you begin your spiritual journey, it will sometimes feel like you are the battleground as these two forces fight for dominance. There is a good analogy of this very battle portrayed between Krishna and Arjuna in the Battle of Kurukshetra.
Most fairy tales concern themselves with these two parts of mankind’s nature, the material and the spiritual, and usually there is depicted the fight between the good and the so-called evil. All these tales are allegorical and are a way of showing the general public the spiritual truths in story form.
Usually these tales begin . . . “Once upon a time there lived a king who had a beautiful daughter . . .” Various princes or other men of high standing would journey through thick and thin to try to win the hand of the beautiful princess. The princess is usually given in marriage to the one who could bring some coveted prize, which always seemed to be hidden at the end of some quest, which took them through dark forests, over high mountains and across turbulent rivers. Each one of the tests that the princes were required to undergo denotes an initiation and great courage was required of them to keep their eyes on the end goal as many temptations were there to ensnare them and to keep them from achieving their quest.
Sometimes the prince is required to face some fiery dragon. This is the dragon of the self, the lower nature or the creative fire in man that must be controlled and transmuted. It is usually symbolized by the slaying of the dragon.
The prince might have to pit his wits against some quarry on a high mountain, using every ounce of his intelligence to win. Next, he might have to cross a turbulent river or meet a storm at sea. And here we see the prince triumphing over his unruly emotional nature. These tests symbolize the initiations of the four elements, fire, air, water and earth, earth being the last as it symbolizes complete triumph over the earthly nature, and the birthing of the Christ Consciousness in man.
The fairy tales that run in this vein usually recount the story of the evolution and development of the soul and at the end of each one comes the marriage of the prince and the princess, the mystical marriage where the two are able to join as one; the male and female parts joining to become an asexual being before merging with the soul. Truly, this is the magic of Fairy Tales.
* The Dweller on the Threshold constitutes all the low thought forms such as fear, ambition, love of power or any unscrupulousness for selfish ends that prevents one from living in a state of truth and spiritual righteousness.
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