Friday, January 14, 2011

The Sign Of Choice

For some time, I participated in a group that taught the Golden Dawn tradition, which includes Egyptian myths and rituals. We were taught that one of the important initiation rites involved choosing a door to pass through. The door we chose determined the path of the rest of our life. One door led to a solitary, contemplative life; the other led to a more active life, participating in the world. Group members agonized over the choice. It was so important, it affected the rest of their lives, and they did not want to choose the wrong door. They kept asking our group leader which was the right choice for them. Rightly, she always refused to tell them.

The secret is, it doesn't matter which door you choose. There is nothing in this world you have to do, if you're ready to accept the consequences of your actions. If you're willing to accept the consequences of a solitary, contemplative life, then go for it. If you're more of a social type and need to interact with people, then your choice should be obvious. Pick according to your own inner desires; the work to be done requires this life -- this particular life -- and the experiences it brings. It is our will that determines what direction we go, and the happiest path is the one we follow because we want to.

~ Anita