I made up stories about fire-dragons, ice dragons, frost dragons, snow dragons.
Richard Rohr has also been thinking about dragons in our lives.
"How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are the beginning of all peoples? The myths about dragons that, at the last moment, turn into princesses. Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses, who are only waiting to see us, once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something helpless that wants help from us."
"So, you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you, larger than any you have ever seen. If a restiveness like light and cloud-shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do.
You must think that something is happening to you. That life has not forgotten you. That it holds you in its hand. It will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you."
THE BASIS OF CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT IS INTERNAL. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE OF SPIRITUAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT.
An acceptance of suffering and a strong faith that something is happening and that
the working of grace is often subtle and unpredictable. To develop this movement we need to be more humble.
undergirds the stages of the spiritual journey. It gets deeper as we go along. Humiliation is the way to humility.
You lose the sense of shame and you gain more and more inner freedom. The point may come when you actually love your weaknesses and faults because they keep you humble. The feelings of shame and humiliation give way to a loving acceptance of the truth and a complete trust in God’s infinite mercy.
We’re not asking anybody to think that we are good, because now we see that whatever good we have comes from God. We don’t deny that we have this basic goodness, but we acknowledge that we have made a mess of our lives .and that God is healing us. Instead of grieving because of our sins, we realize that God has used them for our great benefit.