Returning with an elixir, a potion that transforms, is portrayed as magical. This final stage is when the hero brings home the rewards to be shared with the village.
In real life, without a flying horse, a hero’s return looks like this:
Transformed by a tour of duty, the soldier carries the Elixir of Responsibility. The magic potion bottle is the war medal tucked in his top dresser drawer. This symbol of courage reminds him every day of integrity and sacrifice for his family, friends and colleagues.
When a hero embodies the sacred vows “I do,” the Elixir of Love is a gift of security. The potion bottle is the wedding ring, symbolic to everyone of devotion and commitment.
Transformed by grief, a hero brings an Elixir of Grace. This gift of guidance sweeps away bitterness and shows the village a path forward. Mementos of a lock of hair, old photo or worn tee shirt are powerful potions.
Charles Dickens makes classic the Elixir of Generosity in his story, “A Christmas Carol.”
Scrooge waking up (literally and figuratively), rises from the ashes of his cheap and churlish ways, on Christmas morning.
Buying the fat turkey for the family dinner, Scrooge demonstrates his transformation and brings The Elixir of Generosity home. If Scrooge tried to return with the elixir by telling everyone he was generous they would add ‘phony’ to their list of character flaws for him.
The transformation is from effort.
The timeless appeal of Scrooge is … his story relays a truth we know.
With no sprinkle of fairy dust, no twirling wand, no mysterious incantation, like Scrooge, we can transform.
Fictional portrayals of magic, summoning energy in order to transform, are attempts to reveal the greatest story of all time:
The real magic is our awakening to the realization that our transformation is based on summoning our own energy.
We don’t need a genie.
Yes. It’s amazing.
And there is still a couple more things:
So we return to our village feeling the duality of our quest. We are singular entities each on our own journey and yet, we are part of the village. And in any village in the world, we share with everyone the fact that we are each on a quest of living.
Recognizing this shared spiritual blood with all people, the duality is dropped.
Mightier magic than any Merlin is the impact of understanding what the prophets have been trying to tell us – we are one.
And finally –
We return to the village to encourage those with ears to hear truth not evasion, eyes to see courage not excuses, and hearts yearning to experience The Quest of Living. We tell them, “Go.”
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Note to Readers: As we come to a close on this series, it has been more than a pleasure to have this means of bringing home ‘The Elixir of Courage’ to a village of readers.
Before I write a final wrap up post, I invite you to email me (Ann@AnnAtkins.com) if there is a particular comment or question you would like for me to address.
Yes – I will be writing another series, so stay tuned. In the mean time you might enjoy the stories of noble courage in any of the three biographies I wrote: Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Unleashed, Golda Meir ~ True Grit, Marie Curie ~ A Nobel Life. (Available on Amazon or here on my website)