Yesterday we looked at our hands as a metaphor for the internal conflict that can happen as we begin our spiritual growth. Today we continue that metaphor and reach for the stars. But first…
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The impossible dream
When I was growing up there was a Broadway show called “Man of La Mancha”. It was made into a movie in 1972. Unfortunately the movie was not as good as the original Broadway production, but it is what is available.
A few weeks ago I was watching this movie and realized that there could be a metaphor for the concepts of true self and false self contained therein. You know these concepts – we talk about them all the time.
The more I watched the movie the more it seemed that Don Quixote was attempting to see through the illusions and deal with people as their true selves. In the course of the movie he was portrayed as being crazy because he was substituting his attempt at clear sight for the illusions that those around him believed in.
Back in the day, one of the iconic songs from this movie was “The Impossible Dream.” If you click on the link you will go to the lyric of the song.
As I listened to the song I realized that it was describing the quest upon which we embark when we seek our true happiness. Let’s take a look at a few lyrics to illustrate this point:
“To fight the unbeatable foe” – is this the conflict between true self and false self? False self wants us to believe it is dominant and that it will be in charge no matter what we do.
“To run where the brave dare not go” – what can be more brave than taking on our false self? So many of the people around us just give in and accept false self. Who are the brave few that take the risk of finding true self?
“To try when your arms are too weary” – those who find their true happiness are those who never give up. No matter how tired they get they pursue their quest because they know that their true happiness depends on the outcome.
“That my heart will be peaceful and calm when I am laid to my rest” – to me this is obvious. He knows that his happiness comes from the quest and that his peace and happiness are the result of that pursuit.
“And the world will be better for this” – he knows that those around him do not understand his quest. He also knows that the world will be better because of his quest. One person striving for their true happiness may inspire others. The only choice is to persevere.
“The unreachable star” – life is a journey, not a destination. We never reach a full understanding of our true self. We reach for that star, but we never get there. The journey is the reaching.
On the other hand
Ok – so what does all this have to do with yesterdays post “On the Other Hand”? Remember how we talked about our right hand holding our new spiritual understandings? Remember how we talked about the right hand pulling us towards our true self?
As I was thinking about that image I also saw the end of the movie, “Man of La Mancha.” As the cast is singing “to reach the unreachable star” they have their hands raised over their heads.
The image I saw next was that we are all reaching for the unreachable star. We all have our right hand raised above our heads and we are all being drawn forward on our quest for the impossible dream of finding our true happiness.
Can you see yourself doing this? Right now, reach your right hand above your head. See all of your dreams of true happiness in that right hand. Now watch as your body reaches for true self. Also notice that true self is pulling you up.
Now let go of what ever is in your left hand. That is what is holding you back. That is your unhappiness. That is why you are getting torn. True self is pulling you – false self is holding you back.
Let go and reach for that unreachable star. You can do it. I know you can.
Have a great weekend! Until Monday –
Es kava turen hai
We work towards an identical goal.
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