"How strange it is, to be anything at all." — Lewis Carroll
Everybody loves Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll's mad-beautiful tale of one young girl’s trip down into the under-world, through the looking glass—and back again. The reason it is so beloved by people of every age, race, creed, and religion is because of its poignant reflection of the inner-journey, the process and unfolding of self-discovery. Not everyone knows this; some just know that the story enchants them, and that it's full of imagination and wonder. Whatever your take is on the story, if you're reading this…chances are you're a fan. Chances are that this story has called to you at various points in your life, and that it still calls to you, and that is not coincidental…for there are pieces of yourself still hidden in this story, and Alice's journey…is your own.
Every character in every story that's ever been told is a part of yourself; a representation of all the parts that make up the whole of your being. It’s like when you interpret a dream—every character in the dream is ultimately you, a part of you… a fragment of the whole. The stories, myths, and legends of our time all work to resolve these fragmented pieces, to bring them to the whole, and to return us to the truth of our being.
To me, Alice in Wonderland is more than just a story of self-discovery, or soul-discovery… it is a story of ultimate Self-Realization. To me, it is a story of awakening. Awakening to the ultimate Truth. This story can be interpreted in a plethora of ways, and all of them would be right—because interpretation is entirely dependent on the current state of consciousness of the person who is doing the interpreting. There IS NO hard and fast meaning behind the story; it is in the eye of the beholder. It's all perspective…as is everything in life.
So it is with this in mind that I invite you on this journey with me—to walk your path through Wonderland, to walk fearlessly through every reflection that appears in the looking glass of life, to pick up all the missing pieces of yourself, and to reclaim your inner-Alice: that feverish curiosity and desire to "know," that wildly un-sure venturer who's willing to dive head-first down the dark of a rabbit-hole, that fearless heroine in you who questions EVERYTHING, and turns the whole apparent world upside down—if for no other reason than to thwart the convention that's been trying to stifle you all the days of your life. This is the Alice that we ARE. This is the Alice we are stepping back INTO.
Although this adaptation is based on Carroll’s book Through the Looking Glass, it does not actually depict the scene of Alice going through the mirror, and neither does this book. The book is titled as such, however, because it is a powerful metaphor for the spiritual journey: moving through all that you appear to be, and seeing who you truly are. It speaks to the truth that this world is a reflection of your thinking, and that freedom is acquired not by changing your thinking, or trying to re-wire it (although that might hold you for a while), but by moving beyond thinking, and truly beginning to see the illusion that our minds are perpetually creating.
In the safe and loving confines of this book, your Alice will bravely move through the mirror, and discover the profound freedom that lies beyond all of our fixed and painful judgments and opinions. With the help of this cast of supporting internal characters, we will move through our no-thing-ness and our some-thing-ness and wrap it all up in a sweet little bow, to deliver it back to ourselves—as the priceless gift of this one precious life.
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Published February 28, 2013