Not One, But Three New Beginnings
What follows are three different takes on the Genesis story – only if you read through soul-centred eyes. If you let your mind and the traditions and dogmas of the past determine your perceptions, you will remain blind to the insight into your true self Shakespeare offers us.
Richard II is the first of the four episodes of the Henry Quadrilogy. Through Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, Shakespeare offers us a symbolic account of the soul’s journey from paradise in Eden, through banishment, loss of the Sound of God singing in our ear, living under The Pretender’s tyranny, resurrection, the vanquishing of Satan, and ultimate ascension home to Eden.
Harvesting just the fruits of these four plays would probably yield more than ample measure to satisfy the appetite for spiritual succour. But this is not Shakespeare’s way. Different folks, I suppose, need different strokes of his quill for the ancient memories to stir. And as we get closer to his Revelation in The Tempest, more and more is revealed.
Othello brings to life in visceral detail the very moment Satan hatched his plot and sprung his trap. What Othello feels is Shakespeare’s expression of how we as a human being might have felt at that ghastly moment when we knew we had been tricked. I’ve been ‘conned’ more than a few times in this lifetime and there is no feeling worse than when jauncing realisation knees you in the groin.
Macbeth reveals an unexpected jewel. A priceless diamond shines light on the mystery of nothing other than – the mythological Holy Grail! Shrouded in the most subtle cluster of allusions we see how Macbeth, his Lady, and a line of kings act out for us the amazing grace that was once lost and now is found.
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