I find Trolls interesting. While it means one thing on FB, its meaning in myth and faery tales is different and should be noted. Every bridge has a Troll, a threshold guardian who extracts tolls. You have to pass the Troll to get to the Other Shore. If you don’t pay his tolls, he will screw up your life, creating obstacles to every attempt to cross the bridge to the Other Shore. Mythology and faery tales are real, not objectively, but subjectively. They are metaphors that point to the truths of life. You can’t escape paying the toll. You can’t cheat the Troll.
My spiritual quest experience is best described by the story of a disciple who wanted to get his gurus (father’s) blessing and approval, so he kept bringing him specially crafted cups of tea, and each time the guru threw the cup away, frustrating the disciple who best effort were continually rejected. However, he kept improving his skills in pottery, yet no matter how excellent the cup, the guru rejected it. Finally, after years of this—it took some time to create a well crafted cup—the disciple asked him why he rejected the gift. “I don’t like tea,” he said.
The purpose of life its to be authentically alive, and who determines whether you are authentic or not? Who gives you the pass? The threshold guardian gives you the pass but the Guardian is not a real person or thing. It is Life itself. Life wants to be authentically itself, so life itself creates the obstacles, the tension it needs to transcend itself, which is the evolution of authenticity. Life has the intention to be whole, which is authenticity. Life is constant evolution, transcendence. When we put a hold on evolution, on growth, on change, that hold creates the Threshold Guardian who extracts a toll. The greater the hold on our growth, the greater the toll we have to pay. The payment is the surrender to our authenticity, the surrender of our holding pattern.
What we are working with here is the understanding that there is no one to blame when our best efforts fails, when the world blocks us and our best strategies to cross the bridge fail. No one to blame because the Threshold Guardian and I are ONE, but appears as two.
Being authentic means being responsible for one’s life and world, or not blaming others, not being a victim.
But my work is always to make enlightenment everyday mind, and since I’m retired, my everyday is very mundane. I have simple metaphors, like getting a leak in my tire fixed. But all of these simple situations are metaphors for the Great Passage. There is no greater passage than your fixing a tire leak that you have been putting off for months, filling up the tire when the gauge says is low, hoping that this time will fix it.
The Call to Transcend is a cosmic call but it takes the form of our mundane life’s problems. How else can that be. The whole cosmos is made personal in our everyday life. But we need the alchemy of metaphor (myth and faery tales ) see the connection, to create the bridge between the known and the unknown. Metaphor, faery takes, myth is the bridge between the known world, which is our comfortable womb, to rebirth in our butterfly world of freedom.
This Call is felt in the heart, not the mind, because the mind can’t feel. It things and believes in abstract maps of reality. Only the heart is in touch with BEING. The heart calls, beckons, points, but the mind says NO…I don’t want to go because it’s not on the map.