I've come to realize that little 5 year old girl in the kitchen that day was talking about possibilities and potentiality...in her terms "magic." She was still tuned-in as children are, to her own endless potential. It's not always easy to be sure, but I try and remind myself every day to think of her...and to keep the doors open.
Afterword - Our BIO theme assignment this month was“Camelot” – whatever comes to mind as you consider the famous story.
Just prior to receiving this writing assignment, a chain of many serendipitous events was leading me to Camelot and the figure of Merlin in particular. I was astounded as one seemingly unrelated thing led to another – beginning with an old letter I wrote to my grandmother re-surfacing during this time to the discovery of a rather obscure DVD from the 90's by Deepak Chopra: “The Crystal Cave – Lessons from the teachings of Merlin.”
I have always admired Deepak and his work, but I was not aware of his long-time interest in the Merlin archetype until I happened across this DVD based on Mary Stewart’s book “The Crystal Cave” (1970) – the first of the trilogy on the Arthurian legend, later becoming 5 books now referred to as the “Merlin Chronicles.” In the DVD, Deepak teaches how we can summon our “inner wizard” and access the wisdom of the universe.
Along the way, another discovery was Deepak's “The Return of Merlin” - a novel playing out the final act of the Arthurian legend in modern day England:
Merlin— THE NAME EVOKES IMAGES OF MYSTERY, MAGIC, adventure, wonder, and enchantment. The wizard is the central figure in one of the most enduring myths of our culture, the story of King Arthur and his kingdom, Camelot. In early versions of the legend, Merlin is the keeper of all knowledge; all-powerful, all-seeing, eternal. This version, The Return of Merlin, is about waking up the wizard that sleeps deep within all of us, so that we can reclaim the field of pure knowledge and dream a new world into reality, from the purity of our hearts.
–excerpt, The Return of Merlin by Deepak Chopra
The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart
Le Cycle de Merlin, La Grotte de Crystal (fr)
Deepak Chopra- The Essential DVD Collection (including The Crystal Cave)
The Way of the Wizard by Deepak Chopra
The Return of Merlin