Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Maps

Last night, I saw an old episode of the comedy, Blackadder Goes Forth. It is about a group of British Army officers and the antics they get up to during the Great War (circa 1917). In this episode, General Melchett is looking for an artist for a special assignment. Believing he's going to be sent to Paris or somewhere further afield, Captain Blackadder uses his wiles to get himself on the mission. Unfortunately, his plans backfire on him and he's sent to No Man's Land to observe the Germans and report back by painting what is going on.

Blackadder and his sidekicks, Lt George and Private Baldrick are lying on enemy lines. George is the real artist of course.

Blackadder: Now, where the hell are we?

George: Well, it's difficult to say, we appear to have crawled into an area marked with mushrooms.

Blackadder: [patiently] What do those symbols denote?

George: Pfff. That we're in a field of mushrooms?

Blackadder: Lieutenant, that is a military map, it is unlikely to list interesting flora and fungi. Look at the key and you'll discover that those mushrooms aren't for picking.

George: Good Lord, you're quite right sir, it says "mine". So, these mushrooms must belong to the man who made the map.

Blackadder: Either that, or we're in the middle of a mine-field.

[...]

George: Oh sir, just one thing. If we should happen to tread on a mine, what do we do?

Blackadder: Well, normal procedure, Lieutenant, is to jump 200 feet into the air and scatter yourself over a wide area. Captain Cook
Hahaha! This comedy is a real hoot.

Blackadder makes an interesting point. You don't expect to find vegetables and flowers listed on a military map. Nor would you look at a map of Birmingham to find your way around London. And the map is a guide only of the place. If you really want to know the area, you're going to have to explore it yourself.

Go into any bookshop and look under the "Mind, Body, Spirit" section or "Spirituality" and you'll see hundreds of books on spirituality. They range from personal experiences to teachings. Some teachings are so arcane you have to go to specialist bookshops to find them. I see all books as maps only, rough guides to the topic; and I never take them as gospel. Only what I experience is what I consider to be real.

While what I am sharing in this blog are real for me, they are but maps only for readers. Please do not expect to have identical experiences. We are all unique and we all have our unique ways of experiencing the world. These writings are not intended to instruct; they are rough guides for those on a similar "path." If you want to know who you are, you're going to have to walk the "path" yourself, and trust in who you are.

Finally, may I remind readers that I am not a spiritual teacher; we have enough of them already.

We already have all the resources we need.

With love,
Enocia