A warrior of light knows that certain moments repeat themselves.
He often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life.
“I’ve been through all this before,” he says to his heart.
“Yes, you have been through all this before,” replies his heart. “But you have never been beyond it.”
Then the warrior realises that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn.
~ from Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho
It was only a few years ago that I realised my experience of repeating the same situations over and over again was a universal one. How could it not be? One is always encountering oneself, one’s myth.
Then about a year ago, I unexpectedly came across a labyrinth in a cathedral in Brisbane just after I’d started thinking about walking the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. The Chartres one is the Ur-labyrinth of labyrinths and, sure enough, the one at Brisbane was a copy.
After walking the labyrinth in Brisbane, I realised what the labyrinth is saying. It is saying what Coelho is saying. That as I walk life’s path, I keep returning to what looks the same spot which is also a spot of bother. And the experience is as if I’ve been walking and walking and gone nowhere. The labyrinth is also saying look more closely. When I do, I see the spot is similar and also contains the possibility of breakthrough, a new turn, discovery. Again and again, the situation offers itself for transformation. And it keeps doing so until it is transformed.
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Images: Chartres Cathedral labyrinth