On ancient maps when the cartographer reached the end of what was known they would often write in the margin “There Be Dragons” to denote the unknown beyond the edges of the known, fear inculcated as fact, since they had probably never actually seen a dragon. Being a metaphysician, I find that margin note quite appropriate when embarking on any attempt to teach spiritual truth and principles. So many desire peace of heart and mind but remain tremulous in their seeking, fearing what lies ahead in their journey, whether that be what they may find within or how they will be viewed by others. The path of true enlightenment requires us to remain open to all teachers and teachings; the mistake is when we make any of them “sacred cows”, placed on metaphysical pedestals, beyond question or error.
“We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Remaining open to new ways of thinking and seeing the world around us is the road of enlightenment, but since we are constantly breaking new Spiritual ground the specter of “Dragons” is real. The carnal mind knows what it likes and most importantly is comfortable with and will attempt to fill us with fear and trepidation, Dragons, which will stifle our spiritual expansion. All that is required to become enlightened is consistency and an open mind and heart, coupled with the willingness to serve a greater destiny than our limited (carnal) imaginations can conceive. So, listen to opposing viewpoints and engage in constructive dialog where appropriate (be very wary of Dragons here and never argue with a closed, dogmatic mind) filtering everything through your evolving Spiritual Truthand understanding and never be afraid to share your beliefs and truth tactfully through the prism of love, Dragons be damned.
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