is not enough to understand.
We cannot validate our lives just by nodding
in agreement. We must draw the knowledge that we glean from the
quest into the way we think, the intimate wanderings of our thoughts,
the way we measure right from wrong - even into the way we move
and breathe. Only then will we truly live it.
The spiritual quest makes
it possible to become the truth that we believe. When values we
learn are deeply felt, they shape who we are. If we fail to live
them, we can be sure that other values stand in the way.
A common life is just a life, limited by
mindless routine and often meaningless distractions, phony exhibitions,
and groping for attention as if to heal some wound that never heals.
Our lives appear for a time, make some ripples, and then vanish
- never knowing from whence we came, where we go, and where we might
stand now in the mystery of existence.
All that changes when we view life as a
quest. The world opens up to a journey of adventure
- the mysteries of the universe are always at hand. Existence seems
to wink at us now and then. Everywhere we look, meaning hides just
beneath the surface, whispering profound intimations that teasingly
summon us on.
In this way, revelations vie for our attention.
Unseen hands reach out from our subconscious to guide our path.
An unsuspecting fellow might serve as a
momentary sage, or accidentally point out the Grail Maiden's
Someone provides a helping hand or willing
ear, and it seems like a rescue from the gods.
And when we help someone else, and the
warrior spirit inside us truly comes alive.
With every step, the quest leads us to
grow in the direction of a noble heart. With every contemplation,
we expand our capacity to understand and to become. Right and wrong
gain new clarity and importance. The latent hero, through action
and good deeds, makes its presence known in the real world with
a fearless concern for justice.
The anxiety of temporal existence is replaced
by the purpose and meaning of a moral cause. Here, in life's purpose,
we come face-to-face with who we really are. The Knight within takes
leave into the tangled forest of a hurting culture in search of
its Grail, and achieves it by rationally and mystically
engaging the challenges of the quest, wherever they lead.
Please join us in confronting these