SECRETS OF LIFE (R) 11-14-23

  •  SECRETS OF LIFE 11-14-23
    "Among classic legends about heroes and dragons, we have the story of
    Siegfried. Like most legends, it contains profound psychological insights,
    helpful to those who observe them.
    Siegfried is called upon to slay Fafnir, the fierce dragon of Glittering
    Heath. Doubtful at first of his own skill, Siegfried hangs back. But true
    heroism finally wins out. Taking his specially forged sword and mounting
    his magnificent horse, Greyfell, he sets out for Glittering Heath.
    The journey itself is enough to shake a weaker man. At every stage there
    are dangerous cliffs, wild beasts, barren lands. One by one, Siegfried
    faces and overcomes the hazards. Finally, he comes to the crisis of his
    journey - the meeting with Fafnir, the dragon with fiery breath and
    flapping wings. It was the great moment for Siegfried and he found himself
    prepared, heroic. Drawing his special sword, he wins a total victory over
    the monster.
    Siegfried's adventure parallels a stage experienced by the true traveler
    toward the Supermind. As we have already seen, the psychic soldier is faced
    by dragons of every sort. His task is to remain on the battlefield until
    the day is won. So we will now track down, encounter and overcome that
    particular dragon called failure. Like the legendary monster, the feeling
    of failure is a hit-and-run creature. It pops up whenever we meet a crisis
    in business, marriage or with an ambition. It strikes swiftly, withdraws
    and conceals itself, then strikes once more from an unexpected direction.
    A feeling of failure is useless and unnecessary. Its exposure comes when we
    see that: (1) it exists within us, not in the Outer World; and (2) it has
    no power nor meaning in itself, only that which we carelessly give it."
                        HOW TO END DEFEAT AND FAILURE
              The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 6, p. 68 (Original version)
                                            Chap. 6, p. 93 (Current version)