The search for the Holy Grail is the search for the enlivening elixir that will restore life to the land-- to the wasteland-- to the land of inauthenticy, the land of sterility, the land of pretension, duplicity, deception and lie. Joseph Campbell describes the wasteland as "A land of people who do simply what they are supposed to do, or what is thought by the society to be well to do-- people professing beliefs because they have to, holding jobs they have been handed, not earned... a land of zombies, you might say." A land of people going through the motions, doing what they think will make them happy, yet nothing makes them happy, or brings them to life, or fills them with the radiance and wonder of being alive. To go on the search for the Holy Grail, you have to not know what you are looking for, to not know what you are doing, and to take your clues and your cues from your unconscious, and chance happenings/encounters along the way-- allowing the trail to unfold before you a trail that is not a trail at all, because that would be to go where someone else has gone, and to continue in the spirit of the wasteland, but you have to go into the woods where it is darkest and most uninviting, following Campbell's directive: "That which you seek lies far back in the darkest corner of the cave you most don't want to enter." You are looking for your own identity, for your own heart, your own soul, for the grounding, anchoring, realization of who you are and what you are about, so that you can say, along with Ulysses, "I will persevere and endure! And when the heaving sea has shaken my raft to pieces, then I will swim!" (Homer, in The Odyssey). What calls you forth in that way? So that you know beyond doubt, "This is who I am! This is who I must be! Here I stand and here I will fall! 'Without hope, without witness, without reward!' (Steven Moffat)." There is the Grail! The cup of life, and light and being. It is the realization, awakening, enlightenment of the Buddha and the Christ, requiring us to honor it with fealty, liege loyalty and filial devotion in doing what needs to be done the way only we can do it, when and where and how it needs to be done in each situation as it arises throughout the time left for living.
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I think you have honed it down for us Jim!
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