reply to post by NewAgeMan
This thing about the appearance of the troll reminds me that it's as if there a format of some kind laid down from the time before time for the
spiritual path that might be called "The Hero's Journey". For anyone who's interested, and we all should be interested since it's a rite of passage we
all have to go through sooner or later, I highly recommend "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell, comparative mythologist.
I've been through not one but FOUR dark night's of the soul and it would be nice if it was worthwhile, meaning that my own experiences might save you
a lot of valuable time and energy, and the need for hospitalization..
The actual experiences don't really matter, because these stories are always a variation on the same themes.
So there's a troll who'll try to trip you up, and then if that doesn't work, a monster to scare you away, but what's really funny in the final
analysis is that these were all just archetypes or aspects of our own self!
On the other side of "the bridge" or rite of passage there is a domain or realm or "new pasture" of limitless freedom, love, and the humor of true
understanding where what's funny is everything you had to go through to get to the simplicity on the far side of complexity. Jesus I think tried to
make it as easy as possible, but even then he said we had to have the courage to pick up our own cross and follow him to/as the gateway.
Since Jesus as an authentic spiritual master passed through the ringer, it's helpful to utilize him as a valid or workable theological framework by
which we can enter the fray with our whole being (Carl Jung), but for those who can't do that because of religious bias, all I can say is that it will
be a tough row to hoe. (Ho Ho Ho?).
Within this context, that there's an actual pattern for "the journey", makes of the one who plays the troll, a helpful aid in his own right, and
that's FUNNY! And what's even funnier is when he get's the joke of his own riddle and surfaces to pass across his bridge, yet another troll
immediately fills in to take his place.
My own experience is to see and recognize the signs along the path and to discern their meaning and they are ripe with meaning, and when they unravel
as a double-bind on everything that needs binding - oh the humor of it all is utterly magnificent from the POV of the land of the laughing Buddha or
the free space and reign of the Resurrection Life.
At the heart and soul of the Hero's Journey is I am convinced an evolutionary principal capable of triumphing over all the sorrow, suffering and the
indignities of the vicissitudes of life (like taking heat over a complete misunderstanding, or when you go to fart only to crap your pants, stuff like
that). And hey what doesn't kill us (spiritually) only makes us stronger..
edit on 27-2-2013 by NewAgeMan because: edit