The Holy Grail represents the full realization of the potentials that came with us from the womb. This is the culmination of The Hero's Journey: Being Who We Are! Who we are capable of being! Fully Born, as one Thus Come, at last! The secret ingredient is compassion. Compassion for ourselves. Compassion for others. Compassion for the world as it is. This is not striving to be anything beyond compassionate, not trying to gain anything beyond being compassionate, not trying to do anything but be compassionate-- not in order to attain anything, but to simply be compassionate. Knowing/feeling that is enough. That is Christ on the cross. The Buddha under the Bo Tree. The Dali Lama leaving Tibet without a disparaging word about the Chinese. And it is the heart of Motherhood around the world, bearing out the truth of Simeon's word, "A sword will pierce your very soul!" even so. Can we say it? "Bring it on! Let it be! Anyway! Nevertheless! Even so!" It requires no attachment to fear, desire, or duty. And exemplifies the complete freedom and spontaneous readiness to do what is called for in each situation as it arises, moment-by-moment, day-by-day, for nothing beyond the joy of doing what is ours to do with the gifts and potentialities that are ours to share and exhibit throughout the time left for living.
Where do we go from here? Or, as it is sometimes phrased, Here we are, now what? Now, we wait for the mud to settle and the water to clear. It is that simple every time. Do not be impatient with the future! It comes in its own good time! In the meantime, wait, watch, listen. Seeing and hearing come in their own time, in their own way. When the door opens, walk through? What door? Which door? All this will be revealed to us in its own time. In the meantime, wait, watch, listen. If you haven't watched Jon Kabat-Zinn's YouTube videos on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, now would be a good time to do that (The shortest ones first). Practice waiting, watching, listening in each moment. You will be amazed at all you have been missing! And, what's your hurry? There is only seeing, hearing and understanding. And you will never get beyond those things, even if you lived forever. There will always be more to see than we see, more to hear than we hear, more to understand than we understand, more to know than we know, more to do than we do, more to become than we are. There is no arriving on the way that is The Way! Only the next thing to be aware of. And that's where we came in. So be aware of now, and catch it as it evolves into what's next! And do what is called for in response to both!