“When we are beginning to understand the soul, the ocean provides a wonderful analogy. Imagine the ocean as a nonlocal reality, the field of infinite possibilities, the virtual level of existence that synchronizes everything. Each of us is a wave in that ocean.” –Depak ChopraWhen most heroes take the first step on their journey into the unknown, they think of themselves as physical beings, the sum total of which is enclosed within the body they see in the mirror.
If this were true, there would be no journey.
As most journeys progress, the hero’s first encounters with the gods and magical beings along the way tend to reinforce his supposition that the sum total of magic is “out there.”
In time, if the hero has been paying close attention to the adventures and other tourist attractions on the road, he will begin to notice that everything he finds helps him take the next step.
How coincidental. Indeed, the gods and magical beings seem to be orchestrating their intrigues and benevolences just for him.
If he becomes full of himself, he will get lost.
When he returns from his journey, the hero may be quite different from the man who answered the call of adventure. As he ponders the wonderful treasures he’s brought home from that adventure to share with others, he may find himself answering questions and telling great stories about what he has done and where he has been.
About one secret, he will remain silent. When he heard a call for help “out there” and rushed into the great unknown to help a damsel in distress or a world in need of a shining knight, he was answering his own plea.
He did not know that when he began his journey, for then everything and everyone appeared separate and disconnected. When he returns he knows that the reason opposites attract arises from the fact they are truly one in the same.
There is nothing “out there.”
The hero keeps silent about this, not because it’s a secret, but because no one will believe it until they experience it for themselves and find it to be true.