Was reminded of the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel yesterday – when walking the dog along a stone path. Was trying to do a walking meditation and be aware of every step I took and everything that was happening at that precise moment. I try to do this a lot – being completely aware of a moment and then ‘storing’ it in my scrapbook of perfect memories. That way when the black memories take over and I want to remember something great that happened I have lots of those perfect little memories to help raise the spirit again (though to be fair the present moment is usually the best, but we all sometimes feel the present is too much to bear and take refuge in a perfectly preserved memory). Anyway, there were all those perfect little white pebbles lying next to the path and I vaguely thought how useful they would have been for Hansel and Gretel to find their way home again.
When I dreamt last night, I had a dream where I was setting up white stone arrows and spiral structures. I worked in all the different continents we had and kept leaving markers everywhere. Someone asked me why I was doing it and I said I was not sure, but had been asked to do it. Then a voice said, well, she is making markers so that next time she visits she can find the Path, and so can other travellers.
I woke up feeling how nice it would be if in our previous life(s) we could have left signs for ourselves, so that when we came back it would jolt our memory and we would remember the Path Home more easily, and you know, quite possibly we have left markers along our previous journeys and from time to time we suddenly become aware of them and it moves us along the Path a little more surely. Some days the Path Home is hard to find – never mind walk, and I walk it only because I believe it is there. Some days the Path is so clear and you just know it is the right Path and you will go Home. Maybe on those clear days I have met a little marker, left by myself or someone else, maybe I did not even realize I saw the marker, but the Path was clear.
Hansel and Gretel eventually got home again, back to the loving embrace of their father. I am sure that with the use of some signs that we may leave for ourselves (and others) and signs left by others for us, as well as the use of our guide, we too will find the Path Home again.