I am in love with this metaphor.
I’ve been thinking about “dragons” recently and thought I’d share this wonderful retelling of a Swedish fairy tale by dharma teacher Jack Kornfield from his wonderful bookAfter the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path.
We all have our own “dragons” in our hearts. May this simple tale help us see more clearly a wise and compassionate way of dealing with them!
The Dragon and the Princess
“A traditional Swedish story gives a sense of the next phase of the journey within.
Because of the mishaps of her parents, a young princess named Aris must be betrothed to a fearful dragon. When the king and queen tell her she becomes frightened for her life. But recovering her wits, she goes out beyond the market to seek a wise woman, who has raised twelve children and twenty-nine grandchildren and knows the ways of dragons…
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Be lost… so you can be found purely you without influence or push from those who think they know best. Trust in your inner knowing as you discover the innate pieces of the universe residing in your soul.
Truth shines as truth no matter the path you travel. Be found… so you can be lost from limitations placed by those who do not understand your path. Trust they face the same paradigm and they will find themselves in different places than you. We are all wanderers searching for a home in our soul.
~ Nikki Anne Schmutz