“ Mendos, King of the Egyptians, had a tomb built for himself that became known as the Labyrinth, less remarkable for its size than for the inimitable ingenuity of its making. Indeed, anyone who entered the tomb could not easily find the way out again unless guided by someone who knew it perfectly. Some claim that it was after visiting Egypt and admiring the skill displayed in this work that Daedalus built a similar Labyrinth for Minos, King of Crete, and here, legend has it, was kept the monster known as the Minotaur. But the Labyrinth at Crete has completely disappeared, razed either by order of a king or by the work of Time.”
Historical Library c.60-30 BC
The symbol of the labyrinth can be found everywhere on earth: in Russia, China, Europe, Australia, Scandinavia, Africa, North and South America, remote islands, nameless mountains, and ancient caves. The Hopi have their styles of Labyrinth … the Hindus have their yantra and Mandala… and the Tibetans have their Tanka. It would not surprise me if someone has discovered labyrinths within the deep ocean cities.
The labyrinth patterns have been living on earth since prehistoric times. It has lived here for tens of thousands of years, perhaps even longer, before the civilizations of Egypt and Greece. There were labyrinths in almost every culture and every land. Some labyrinth patterns are found in caves or on ritual objects associated with burials. Labyrinth patterns are symbols of eternal life. The Ancient said it is the Vulva of the Great Mother – a gateway to the infinite existence.
Those double spiral patterns seem to have encoded the secret teaching of non-dualism since prehistory.
We can also find patterns of the labyrinth in sacred geometry, such as the Flower of Life and crop circles. We can find it in our own fingerprints, in our brains. We can find it in the seals of our energy field, and in the energy patterns of our own DNA.
— Indeed, we are all walking Labyrinths.
Labyrinth’s stories can be found in those fascinating writings, about the initiations of ancient civilizations, including those of the Egyptian mystery school and those of the American Indian nations. We have read encounters of the adepts or youths who went through a rite of passage that could either cause physical death or the becoming of greatness. From this aspect, the labyrinth is encoded in the Mandala, and in the Tibetan Tanka, and in our brains… and in our seals. Labyrinth is a symbol that reflects our state of consciousness.
The word PREHISTORY has its subjective point in space/time. In the quantum field, those who live in “prehistory” have every reason to call us the “post-historical Homo Sapiens …” Since everything exists through perception, this civilization that reflects our consciousness at present time would be described as primitive from another view. I shall not assume that we are more advanced than those who lived in “prehistory.”
From the cave paintings before the Stone Age to the Labyrinth patterns -carved in ancient bones and rescued- from some Chinese medicine shops, labyrinth patterns have been discovered in places that we would never dreamed of… As civilizations have risen and fallen, Labyrinths have shifted from a holistic spiral view of existence into some kind of maze filled with danger and temptation. Some people say there is a difference between a Labyrinth and a maze: the one with the double spirals is a Labyrinth; the one without is a maze.
Personally, I am seeing that – the one with the double spirals is the labyrinth of our life; the one without is the maze of our intellect. Our intellect is often filled with yes/no, or single sighted moral code that traps us inside the maze of our own delusions. When we understand the significance of non-dualistic spirals, we shall be able to transform, and to transmute, and to transcend.
Imagine this: if we time-travel to the old days when everybody believed Earth was flat, those who said that Earth was round were clearly “irrational“ and evil. You and I would likely be treated as evil. The rational part of humanity often condemns all that seems irrational as evil.
That notorious Minotaur inside the maze is definitely e-v-i-l in this case.
Even the logic that cut the line between the rational and the irrational is often like quicksand, with beliefs shifting from paradigm to paradigm. The Chinese would call this human drama “the fantastic intellectual block” that keeps us from knowing. Did I say that intellect is “bad?” No I did not say that. There is a place for the intellect just like there is a place for the maze in life.
Intellectual pride is truly an amazing maze.
Perhaps the same is true for self-importance.
Then, who is the Minotaur inside this maze?
At the center of the Labyrinth is the sacred space. Some call it the Void, other call it the Center. Passing through many dimensional gates, when we reach the void we are in the unified field, and the identity of “us” and “them” simply vanishes… This profound realization is not encouraged by the traditional religions, because “us” means good, “them” means evil. Without the countless dramas of good and evil, life might feel boring for those who have to be good and right –according to their standard.
At the moment when Buddha reached his enlightenment, he was confronting the demon king, whom he had devoted his spiritual life to fighting against. Turned out that invincible evil was he himself.
When Buddha reached his enlightenment, was he in the unified field?
Was Buddha in the center of his own Labyrinth?
The word E-V-I-L is only the reverse spelling of Life.
One culture’s evil could be another culture’s life.
One paradigm’s life could also be another paradigm’s evil.
What will it be like when evil and life merged in the center of the labyrinth?
What will it be like when we find ourselves dancing in the unified field?
What will it be like when everyone on earth is enlightened?
What will it be like when we realize that
-the Observer in the quantum field is the Lawgiver?
Why are there Labyrinths everywhere since the prehistory?
Where are those vanished civilizations?
How did they come up with a sophisticated symbol like labyrinth?
Could it be that the entire civilization had ascended through the unified field?
Had this happened many times?
What do our fingerprints tell us?
What about our DNA?
I leave this journey within the labyrinth to you, my friend.
The secret of this journey is:
Be your own most trustworthy friend.
The story goes like this:
Once upon a time, in the ancient land of Greece, a legendary baby was born. He was of noble descent and could have been a prince or -a future king because his mother was King Minos’ virtuous Queen Pasiphae. Unfortunately, the other half of his DNA came from an odd source – not from King Minos but from a sacred bull that came from the ocean to be sacrificed to the gods/goddesses. King Minos saved this magnificent creature and sacrificed another bull in its place. This disobedience offended some gods/goddesses.
Gods/goddesses are beings that have not yet reached their enlightenment. They live among humans even to this day. You might say that they are archetypes of our dimensional aspects. Some of them are truly awesome cosmic Beings; some of them are easily offended creatures. We know that “easily offended” equals “lack of security.” In this case, to prove their power, they did something entertaining for the “after dinner TV show…”
Suddenly, our virtuous Queen Pasiphae had an irresistible passion for this sacred bull… and the baby was born… half human, half bull. We do not know the origin of this bull. Those Greek gods had reputations of seducing female humans in the form of animals. Remember Leda and the swan? No movie has been made about the journey that Pasiphae had to go through
-a virtuous fine lady lost her mind for the sake of her yearning?
A queen mother gave birth to a “deformed” child?
Had she ever thought about her future “career”?
The good news was that her husband loved her unconditionally. Unlike some small-minded husbands, King Minos loved this child and named him Asterios, King of the stars.
Being a good father and a faithful king, he went to the Temple seeking guidance. Again, just like what happen in today’s mass media, where religions, politics and the cooperative business are sleeping in the same bed… Like an angry teenager swearing:
— F--- you, get lost!
The oracle told King Minos to
“Conceal this shame.”
Conceal this shame? The true crime here is to turn a sweet-hearted father into some fearful, shameful, and unworthy creature. We don’t have too many external oracles today, but we have TV and newspapers that mislead public opinions. The Chinese would say---Borrowing a knife that has someone else’ name to kill the innocent. I would like to find out who is the real puppet-master here.
It was decided that Asterios must be put into the labyrinth, despite his birthright and divine intelligence. As days went by, nobody remembered Asterios anymore but the taur of Minos-Minotaur.
Not unlike other episodes in history during which human sacrifices have been performed for countless holy names, for political ideals, for money markets and traditions… In this myth human sacrifice was performed for the Minotaur inside the maze.
— Human sacrifice for the Minotaur inside the maze?
Wow! Has the alarm rung yet?
Any one who has never committed this crime would have the right to throw the first stone.
No one can take myth literally because it often speaks in paradoxes, very much like the symbol of the labyrinth, filled with crystallized clarity and bewildering complexity. Since it is not black or white, it becomes controversial. One of the controversial parts of this myth concerns the “hero,” Theseus, who slew the Minotaur.
You see, Buddha did not slay the demon king that was his altered ego. He transformed his own shadow-self into Buddha. Isn’t worshipping some gods or slaying some monsters out there, an irresponsible act for those who have mastered themselves? To call someone like this a hero would be a joke. What Jesus did in his 40 days in the wildness was to confront the Minotaur in the labyrinth of his own mind. He did not lay his sword on someone outside himself. Scapegoat is for hypocrites. Masters do not need a scapegoat.
While everybody applauded Theseus in those labyrinth workshops and spiritual gatherings, I was secretly “ falling in love” with the Minotaur. His true name was Asterios. And I decided that I would never put myself into any gathering that only offers “dinner party tales” for spirituality.
Walking around the Metropolitan Museum in New York, visiting those magnificent cow goddesses and bull gods from different civilizations, I wondered when those awesome cosmic Beings became shrunken and twisted into a monstrous form called Minotaur?
From my perspective, Minotaur is far more interesting and trustworthy than any hypocrite, who is only a want-to-be, with no depth and no integrity. Hypocrites are always politically correct. And hypocrites will always find a scapegoat, a dragon, a monster… a witch or a Minotaur out there to kill. I would rather go to dinner with Minotaur who might not look handsome in his tuxedo, than go out with a well mannered, boring hypocrite.
When people criticized Jesus for spending too much time with tax collectors, sinners and prostitutes, he simply replied:
“These sinners might reach the kingdom of heaven before you do.”
Yes, Minotaur is going to reach his enlightenment before the hypocrites.
The difference between Minotaur and hypocrites is very simple: Minotaur is simply being himself. Through it all -isolation, hurt, and hardship. He evolves by being, while hypocrites deny their own being. They have to live inside their own maze until they can be trustworthy for themselves.
In the human world, we all have our moments. Consciously or unconsciously we all know hypocrisy well, because that is a convenient dance step… The day when we confront the Minotaur within and forgive our own limitations, is the day we start to evolve …
Back to the “hero” Theseus…
With the help of Asterios’s half sister, Ariadne, he traced his path through the labyrinth by unwinding a ball of golden thread provided by her. Ariadne was madly in love with her hero. Was she a teenager then? She also told him where Asterios slept and when would be the best time to attack him while he was asleep. Minotaur was “murdered” while at a disadvantage.
The most popular version of this story is that, after a bloody fight with Minotaur, the Hero found his way out with the help of the Beauty. This version would definitely have a better box office than the other versions. We have a “wholly” Trinity here--- A Beauty and a Beast, plus a hero. This kind of drama does sell better.
Later, Theseus abandoned Ariadne on the island of Naxos with the justification of “hearing the voice of God” — in his case, Minerva.
Was he a real hero or an authentic opportunist?
Those who applaud Theseus and Ariadne as a divine couple don’t even mention this part. This is not a good dinner party subject for those who just want to keep everything nice, and to keep a smile on everyone’s face.
Poor Ariadne, your hero was not as trustworthy as you wished.
Perhaps this was only a reflection of your own deed.
How many parties were held for his victory?
How many dark nights must you cry alone?
Had you ever dreamed about your half brother Minotaur?
From his sleepless blood bursts your deeper quest —
Oh, yes! In the darkest nights of our souls journey, we have learned to be friends with Minotaur,
-who is never out there but right inside our deepest fear, inside our ethical conflicts… and that ghostly shame and guilt … Minotaur lives right inside every hurt, every rejection, every prejudice and the thousand names of unhappiness.
The daggers from a child’s eyes are much more dreadful than a monster inside the maze.
And the bleeding heart wounded by frozen passion is much more unbearable than thousands of poisoned knives.
The most unspoken part is that we know from deep within,
that we have participated in all those lies — consciously or unconsciously.
We know there were moments when we could have made a difference by speaking up, yet chose to be silent…
Perhaps — some did not know how to speak the simple truth.
Perhaps — some did not know how to voice different views from the mass media or from the ones we love.
Perhaps, by not voicing our truth we might avoid changes …
Is this where that ghostly shame and guilt come from?
Why should a baby feel shame and guilt about its own poops?
Behind the stone walls
Your tearless cry
The last unconscious dream
Your sleepless blood
There is a dance between
The legendary Minotaur
The Vulva of the Great Mother
Nature’s untamed passion
Is never a cup of nice afternoon-tea
For nice hypocrite’s
Echoing in the labyrinth
Accompanied by the
In quest of
From the blood of
King of the Stars
That turns the superficiality into
Particles get bored with
Love in motion
Weep for the
That was left
Dance the Labyrinth
That is the true
That is the true name
From the burning
From the double
About I AM
I AM …
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