The Power of Fables and Fairy Tales
Fairy tales are magical make-believe stories that have enchanted us throughout the ages. In modern-day parlance a “fairy tale” is often used to describe a happy or blessed outcome, as in a fairy tale ending.
In a pejorative sense, a fable may be deliberately invented or a falsified account of an event or circumstance to make it sound outstanding or excellent.
What fairy tale are you living out and what story are you telling yourself daily?
In the soul context, what ‘spice’ are we adding to our lives to make them (appear) to be outstanding and excellent? Are we living in a fairy tale bubble, or authentic reality?
On the other hand, miracles do happen in our lives! A modern day example is JK Rowling, author of the famous Harry Potter series who is perhaps as equally famous for her own fairy-tale rags to riches story, in which she moved from living on government benefits to becoming a multi-millionaire within five years.
Each fairy tale has a moral that is parallel to our spiritual lives. Cinderella is about unfortunate circumstances which suddenly change to remarkable fortune due to our goodness! The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg is a reminder about how greed gets the better of us and if only patience were the virtue! The story of The Tortoise and the Hare teaches us the wisdom of moving steadily toward our goal in order to win the race – the hare was built to be fast but his laziness and ego got the better of him! Snow White’s purity and innocence overpowers vanity and jealousy. Pinocchio teaches us not to lie as the truth will surely be revealed (quite visibly) one day! The Ugly Duckling is a lesson in believing in the self. And The Emperor’s New Clothes is definitely a reminder that ego does not allow one to see the truth!
The notion of celebrating Valentine’s Day is really about our need to be loved. We live that romantic fairy tale expecting roses and cupids, but the need of the hour is for us to ‘fall in love’ with ourselves and be kind to ourselves.
Notice how almost every fairy tale is about the victory of good over evil. Harry Potter, teaches us to reclaim our spiritual power and that there is a wizard in us all! Star Wars – may the force be with you! Lord of the Rings brings home the message that only the pure and innocent can save the world from doom! Matrix is about believing in the self – You are the one!
Ask yourself, what was your childhood fairy tale dream? Are you living it now? If not, why not? What magic do you want to create in your life?
If we can unlock the spiritual significance of fables and fairy tales we can use them as a means to understand our current spiritual journey. We can create our own fairy tale by identifying our beliefs, needs and wants, change patterns of behavior that no longer serve us, and to respect and emerge the real hero or heroine within.
Realize that your whole life is a reflection of your beliefs – if you believe in your fairy tale it will surely happen – just as Queen Rania of Jordan believed she would one day become queen, and she did, even though she is not of royal descent.
Your mind is a powerful magnet, whatever you think about, you will attract that toward yourself. You developed certain beliefs through repetition; you can change them through conscious positive repetition.
It’s time… to take your life in your hands and to re-write the story that you tell yourself every day. Create a story that will give you joy and happiness, not heartache and sorrow. Remember that you are the hero/heroine of your story! Change the belief patterns that are not serving you and you too can live happily ever after!