The Kalendra Story: Crossing the Divide
As the travelers looked at it, the divide seemed very deep and wide. The travelers had learned to check for illusions before planning their approach. They had already learned that calling out an illusion was sometimes all that was needed to proceed more easily. Tahendra whispered "I see you," which is how she was taught to make magic reveal itself. Magical illusions could not handle a spotlight here. Nothing changed at all. There was no magic here. This canyon, that deep wide chasm was indeed real. Steep walls on both sides revealed their biggest challenge yet. Where and how would they get across?
It made no sense to cross on the one hand. The land was identical on both sides - except they had plans to meet Walenda and had to meet her before full moon. Time was passing swiftly. It had to happen now.
The river at the bottom of the deep canyon explained the geographic scene before them. It was so steep and dangerous though, A misstep would be devastating. The rope they had was inadequate for the task.
Tahendra had an idea. What if she and Kassara used their time travel skills to go back to a time before the divide? Was that even possible? How many eons ago would that be? And Jaime and Sam hadn't learned how to travel through time yet. Maybe not.
Kassara spoke up. "I'll bet this is one of Beacon's puzzles. Do you think we need to find something in our beliefs that must shift? He loves that introspection stuff. What is the Divide for you?" she asked her friends "We all have them, don't we? Maybe if we get clear on our internal divide it will be easier to cross this physical one. Do you think that's our assignment for getting across this?
Sam immediately thought - "oh man, there are so many I don't want to think about that." This was new for him. Sam had always taken his thoughts at face value. He sounded willing to think about his thoughts, and that was new.
Tahendra closed her eyes and took a deep breath, contemplating her third eye. She breathed slowly imagining she was held by those who wished her to move forward. "I still fear my leadership will fail and prove I'm not worthy," she said allowed. "So I hold back even I know the path. My divide is to give myself credit for my strengths and to forgive myself when I make mistakes."
Kassara went next. "I tend to be stubborn when I'm sure I'm right and I don't listen. I know you're all smart and capable and have different valuable perspectives. But I get set in my ideas and I don't let go easily. It causes frustration. and creates a divide. I'm sorry."
Jaime and Sam were quiet. They both thought to themselves. I have that same divide as Kassara. What should I say? They thought for a while. Tahendra and Kassara looked more carefully at the steep, slick surface, wondering what it was made of and how they might work within that structure to climb down and back up. What if they could build a bridge? What materials would they need?
Jaime spoke next. "My divide is wanting more respect from others without giving it to myself first," he said. Deep inside I wonder what I am doing and why I was chosen to come here. I know I can do this. You've seen me get really angry that I wasn't leading - that was why I was angry. Angry at myself that I... he broke off. Looking up a huge eagle came out of the clouds and sun rays. It was the same eagle who had mind spoken to the travelers earlier - the one who spoke in images and asked Tahendra to lead. The one who had spoken to Jaime with images of the Waterlands when they thought they would die of thirst.
Sam had his eyes closed. "I hate talking about my weaknesses." He finally said. "It makes me feel so stupid. So I don't know what to say. I have so many divides and they keep hurting all of us here. I don't mean for that to happen. And then I dislike myself even more for being a jerk. I want to be wanted and then I do things that upset people. You would all be so much better off without my outbursts. I can see that. I want to try something new!"
He opened his eyes and the eagle was flying towards him at that moment. "Very wise," the eagle said looking into his eyes. Keep this knowledge and work towards making that shift Sam. It has begun. That is how you close the divide within. As for this one, the bird said motioning to the cliff face, let me take you across. Please climb on my back."
And with that the eagle took Sam across the divide while the others watched. As they crossed Sam looked deep into the divide, into the chasm no one could cross alone. He thought about how happy and grateful he was for his companions. Without them life would be way too hard.
One by one the eagle carried each traveler across giving them confirmation and affirmation that they were indeed on the right path and that he believed their quest would succeed and help so many others. Once safely across, the eagle disappeared as quickly as it had arrived.
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