Myths and Fairy Tales

    I wonder how many myths, legends and fairy tails are really about the ultimate quest for Christ Consciousness.  Whether the author intended it or not, it seems like some were inspired to write stories about that quest, even if they didn’t know they were.
    The quest for the Holy Grail is the most obvious one.  This is clearly a quest for enlightenment.  Not that the actual cup didn’t exist, just that it is serving as a metaphor for spiritual self discovery in the tales about it.
    Jason and the Golden Fleece is another that seems obvious to a spiritual person.  The quest is often associated with gold as in the golden man, the golden city of Eldorado, etc. And the fleece is protected by a dragon.  In mythology, dragons often represent a devil or demon, so it makes sense that a demon would try to prevent Jason from getting the fleece.  Prevent him from awakening his soul. 
    A princess kissing a frog and turning him into a handsome prince?  Less obvious, but a definite possibility.  The frog representing the material animal man and the handsome prince the enlightened man.
    Hanzel and Gretel trying to find their way in the forest and nearly getting killed by the evil witch.  Another possibility.  Getting lost in the forest symbolizing being lost in a material world.  Trying to get out, the seeking for enlightenment.  The evil witch would again represent a devil or demon.
    Rapunzel.  Everyone remembers who Rapunzel was: the long-haired young woman locked in a tower with no way out except a small window.  Do you remember how she got there?  The story begins with Rapunzel’s  mother admiring the rampion, or Rapunzel growing in the nearby garden of an evil enchantress.  She grew such a desire for it that she sent her husband out to get some for her.  The first time, he was successful, but the second time, he was caught.  When he told the enchantress why he was taking plants from her garden, she took mercy on him (sort of) and agreed to let him keep taking rampion to his wife, but in exchange, they would have to give her their child when she was born.  In fear for his life, the man agreed.  This one is not so obvious, but the quest of the prince to free Rapunzel from the evil enchantress can be seen as another variation of the quest for enlightenment.
    
    The Ugly duckling who becomes a swan, The Goose that laid the Golden Egg, and a number of less famous fairy tales and myths could fall into this category.  And if you think this is far fetched, remember, most of the fairy tails written by the Grimm brothers and others, were common folk tales passed around verbally for centuries before they were written down.  And how much distortion and embellishments got added along the way making the stories seem like meaningless children’s stories when the original may have been very meaningful?

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