A radically new way of looking at Shakespeare's plays. Understanding the spiritual/mystical meaning of The Tempest will open your eyes to a profound spiritual teaching feared and forbidden by the Church for 2,000 years. His key characters can be seen as the core archetypes of our inner kingdom. The plays combine to tell the story of the evolution of our soul from creation, betrayal, deposing, liberation, and ascension to its rightful place at the centre of our consciousness. Applying the spiritual principles in your life becomes a practical way to know who you really are, why you're here, and how to fulfil your ultimate destiny.
As we read the text we must stay focussed on the underthought. The text is merely the vehicle for the hidden message. It may not be the whole story, but simply elements of something we already know at a deep level. This inner message is stirred by the elements acting as triggers for the unconscious mind and maybe even the soul itself. Trying to make complete sense of the inner story from the outer is an intentional distraction. The outer is intended to hide the inner from those who are not yet ready. It is the elements hidden in one play combined with those in the others that make the hidden, unconscious, whole conscious. Thus the outer Hamlet, say, may not seem to embody all the virtues of the Christ. By killing Claudius and Laertes it seems he does not forgive them in the way (our concept of) Christ might. But internally Claudius plays Serpent to Hamlet’s Christ. Hamlet’s outer slaying of Claudius, resonates inside us as the knowingness of The Christ’s vanquishing of Satan. This knowing dissolves as soon as we demand ‘sense’ from a mind-level. Shakespeare constantly challenges us to experience him from the soul level. By observing the elements without applying too much mind allows the deeper message already within us to float into awareness like a bubble.
Why do Shakespeare's plays seem as relevant and compelling now as they did in the 17th century? Because they hold up a mirror to a forgotten truth that sleeps within us. A truth he is awakening cell-by-cell as we bask in the delight of his verse and his divine love of humanity. King Lear is a fabulous fable telling us what happens when we deny the truth within us, banish our soul, and foolishly identify with our two false selves. Lear banishes his beloved Cordelia and places his trust in the lying, cheating, self-seeking, false selves who, with callous indifference, betray him and strip him of all his worldly goods. Only when he confronts the Truth, the 'tempest', the 'wind from heaven', the Word of God within, does he find his true self, forgiveness, and redemption. As long as we see Shakespeare as about the 'external' world of kings and traitors, we avoid the same truth within us as Lear found the hard way. Shakespeare is making it easier for us to find our true selves without the pain his characters suffered.
There is nothing new in the universe. New things are being discovered, but, like Tutankhamun's tomb, they've always been there under the surface. It's the same with Shakespeare (and the Bible). The story on the surface is simply the allegory (or parable) that is the vehicle and signpost leading to the deeper meaning - inside ourselves. You can entertain yourself with Shakespeare's stories. Or you can illuminate yourself with his hidden treasure. The latter diminishes the former not one jot. You can have both. All it takes is letting go of an assumption that is probably limiting you here - and in all areas of your life.
When I began to recognise the ancient spiritual teaching hidden in his plays I knew Shakespeare - acclaimed and timeless as he is - was desperately underrated. I felt a compulsion to set this to rights.
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