“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
– Andre Gide
“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”
– Sara Teasdale
October 19, 2020
Tyrion Lannister, who is a fictional character in a A Song of Ice and Fire, the epic magnum opus series by George R.R. Martin, once said in the modern culture adaptation of the author’s signature series, Game of Thrones:
“There’s nothing more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it. No enemy can defeat it.”
Good stories have limitless power; power to captivate, to inspire, to reverberate into every crevice of the spectrum of life.
It matters not who you are or where you come from, each of us has a story to tell, stories to write, stories to live, stories to ultimately create.
And who is the most powerful person in your story? You. No one else. Such uniqueness and power is considerable in its own right, given that as the lead in your story you hold possibilities inherently within you like no one else does. That distinctiveness should not be taken lightly.
In confluence with that line of thought, American Gods and Stardust fiction author and screenwriter, Neil Gaiman, once stated:
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
You, everything that you are, everything that you have learned and have made part of your being, has helped created a set of tools within your mind, a set of problem solving perspectives and considerations that are inherently unique to you, no matter where you are in your story.
The entire landscape of your intellectual tools is ever so at your disposal, available to be employed at any moment, in any circumstance. And given that they are your tools and only yours, only you can access them
This means that you have ideas to offer the world, ideas, solutions, possibilities that nobody else can, for no two people ever think alike, nor ever will. All of which contribute to your story, your life, and the countless journeys that you endeavor in.
It matters not how you unthread it, every individual has a story to tell, a story that is equal parts mystery and equal parts success. Seeing life through the perspective of a story is endlessly captivating for it allows a point of view that’s much broader and empowering than simply seeing life through the lens of an everyday rat-rate, no?
Perspective is so powerful that it can be endlessly empowering or disastrously disempowering depending on what lens one views life through, and can even be so substantial that it can help affect the field of life in countless ways. Further, it is expansive perspectives that help individuals be able to find their way through life with experience and write their own story. Stories still hold more though, so let’s return to the mind of the master story teller himself and see what he gleaned.
Gaiman also stated that he:
“[believes] that stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don’t understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives, in allowing us to escape our lives, in giving us empathy and in creating the world that we live in.”
Stories add serious substance to life, while also adding the ability for an individual to become compassionate for others as they make sense of the world, undoubtedly relating through stories.
Additionally, seeing life through the point of view of a story allows individuals to employ the endless circumstances life provides to foster growth, which aids in creative ventures given the expansive nature that experiences provide. By extension, this allows for individuals to broaden their views, spawning even more possibilities thereafter, as possibilities avalanche with every snowball rolled, with every new action taken, each new possibility sought.
This is because creation is part of the individual; it is part of your story, your inherent power.
It does not matter whether you are mostly right-brained or left-brained, woman or man, young or old, creation, which stems from acting from your creative temperament, is part of your essence. That’s not the mindset that society nor the public education system infuses on individuals however.
This is because the power to be creative, the power to see yourself as author of your own story, employing imagination in its endless wave forms, is antithetical to a system that engenders a mindset that uses a close-looped system of thought, which locks you within a paradigm by default.
Individuals that remain open-minded and rationally apply their mental faculties in their own stories are the last thing the establishment wants, as that would empower individuals to an infinite extent since creativity and imagination are endless by default. So empowering are they that some people have historically sought to curtail the capabilities of individuals in controlling fashion like a classic conformist.
And one of the most classic controlling conformists of his time was none other than John D. Rockefeller, who held heavy influence within the establishment.
John D. Rockefeller once boldly declared:
“I don’t want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers.”
It doesn’t get any clearer than that.
Thinkers, as in their intrinsic nature, employ imagination and curiosity, therein pondering possibilities to where they may lead. This process that fosters thought, encourages exploration and imagination, and ultimately creation, eventually empowering individuals so much so that they become incredibly proactive in their own life, in their own story as they see doors open from possibilities arising, or better yet, as they create them, not only steering their life but affecting others as well.
Each of the marvelous manifestations of these possibilities that are acted upon are not unlike one facet of a diamond, always precious, and yet always inherently unique, just as each individual is, never ordinary by any means, as theologian, author and philosopher C.S. Lewis once averred.
Nonetheless, that uniqueness and an individual’s true nature always stand in stark opposition to the establishment. Rockefeller himself showed, as a heavy influencer of early American Common Culture, that he was unabashed in his quest to bring individuals to the lowest common denominator. If that’s what Rockefeller was saying publically, imagine what him and his ilk were saying behind the scenes.
And as time went on, the American populace became schooled within a system that sought to conform everyone, as award-winning teacher John Taylor Gatto found and catalogued in his books Dumbing Us Down, A Different Type of Teacher, The Underground History of American Education and Weapons of Mass Instruction.
What’s more, while researching Weapons of Mass Instruction, Gatto found a statement that was written in The American Mercury by H.L. Mencken on April of 1924, wherein one could clearly see that even though people thought that public schooling back then sought:
“…to fill the young of the species with the knowledge and awaken their intelligence…Nothing could be future from the truth. The aim…is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States…and that is its aim everywhere else.”1
Gatto also found countless additional references not only to conformity, but blatant social engineering in countless ways. In other words, “to put down dissent and originality”, is a clear shot across the bow of every single individual within the public schooling system, not just in America but all over the world.
Through a personal lens, although instinctually speaking I always felt something was inherently wrong with public schooling while within it, I simply couldn’t put my finger on it when I was younger. It was only after I read Dumbing Us Down that everything clicked, and then it was obvious that the way public schooling is engineered is in fact by design, and not just coincidence.
Conjointly, such a system could never empower individuals in the way that traditional education did. Then again, traditional education sought to empower individuals, whereas public schooling systems aim to disempower individuals and strip their rational self-sufficiency right out the gate.
Therefore, it is clearly to see that everyone born within the matrix was taught to think in a predetermined prescribed way.
Nevertheless, just because creativity, imagination and the stories they help create are not encouraged, and are often attacked within the public schooling system by default, doesn’t mean that the ability to acquire, or better yet, to create those endless tools and capabilities hasn’t been around forever.
Stories, which come about through creativity and imagination, have been a staple of human beings since time immemorial. From the times since proto-man and proto-woman used to communicate around a campfire eons ago, all the way up until contemporary time, stories are told every day.
Why is it then that we all tell tales of myriad types, and yet do not see life itself as a story in the grand scheme of things?
Perhaps it’s simply a matter of perspective. Whatever the case may be, the life that each of us chooses to live is a story. A story to be lived, a story to be told, a story to be created.
It is with that sinuous soliloquy that we now arrive at the doorstep of another exceptional master story teller, Gandalf.
Once upon a fantasy epic, Gandalf, became a mainstay in fictional lore, when he firmly cemented himself within fantasy lore with the extension of his adventures within J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings, which has been reviewed here.
There is no limit to what can be said of J.R.R. Tolkien’s character, Gandalf. Why focus on Gandalf though?
To answer this question, let’s dive into a short passage by an individual who is known as ‘The Tolkien Professor’, who’s also a writer, podcaster, and professor of Medieval Literature at Columbia University, Cory Olsen Ph.D.
While exploring some of the deepest layers of The Hobbit, Olsen comments in his book Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, that:
“Gandalf is a storyteller, as Bilbo recalls, telling “wonderful tales” at parties about very strange and outlandish things such as “dragons and goblins and giants and the rescue of princesses and the unexpected luck of widows’ sons”.2
Gandalf was someone never without stories. But there’s far more to him than that.
Olson lucidly elaborates:
“Gandalf is not just a story teller; he is a story-maker, for “tales and adventures sprouted up all over the place wherever he went.”3
Gandalf, is a master of his destiny; so are you.
Not only does Gandalf tell stories, but he creates them everywhere he goes, just like all individuals do within the pages of their story.
More importantly, it is along the very pages in your story, that you have tasted success, as well as defeat; you have been a hero, and undoubtedly a villain in someone else’s story as well, and yet, you still hold the pen in your hand – destiny itself is inked from your fingertips, galvanically woven within every zealous moment that the threads of your essence weave upon the pages of life.
And it is within those numinous pages of the past that you have woven some of the best parts of your life, which just might need revisiting. Why?
Because we each tend to forget our own stories, or parts of them. We tend to forget all of the circumstances that we conquered, what’s made our life so incredible in the past, what we created, because we chose to write the pages we wished to write as story tellers, as individuals fully control of our destiny. And yet, the story of the individual – your story – is always within your life book, always within its pages, which is why you hold the most power within them.
You remembering everything you’ve accomplished, remembering your story, remembering everything that you overcame on your path, is absolutely empowering on the face of it because you probably did things in ways nobody else did or could have, while at times even thinking you might not have made it through or conquered said obstacles.
But only you know your full story and remember it for only you know it in its full breadth and scope.
What are you remembering? What have you conquered? Probably a lot more than you thought was possible.
Further, what did you create? And likewise, because of what you chose to create, what possibilities were created therein? How many pages are you backtracking and reading in your story as you mentally sift back through them? How many doors did you open when you acted upon possibilities? Where did you venture? What monsters have you slain? What lessons have you learned? How many obstacles have you overcome?
Only you know the answers to questions above. But before the world knows you, you need to know you.
And once you backtrack through your entire story, you will realize that your story is filled to the brim with tales of you overcoming obstacle after obstacle, slaying demon after demon.
At that point, the point where you remember your story, you will realize how powerful you – the individual – are; powerful enough to even help civilizations rise with what you create, what you believe in and think, what you do.
The best part? You get to write your story as only you can write it, as only you can live it, as only you can create it.
Creation begets creation; creativity fuels creativity. And stories, by that very essence, help create other stories, help affect other people, and play a vital role in adding substance to life in myriad ways.
Those stories are in fact, just like the fictional and yet incisive quote by Lannister avowed, unable to be defeated.
That should no surprise because stories stem from individuals, each with souls, and are simply a powerful echo from deep within the most indestructible parts of their core, their every essence, which are also indestructible in their nature as energy cannot be destroyed. So to say that no enemy can defeat a story is profoundly true in the most remarkable sense of the word, for if stories were capable of being destroyed, then stories would wither away long after an individual has come and gone, but they do not. Not even close.
Whatever your story is, it will always be so, and though none of us in the material realm are eternal, that doesn’t mean that your story cannot exist tens of thousands of years later in other ways.
Writing it differently, stories, events that have transpired whether here or elsewhere, can resonate so powerfully they can be accessed even a Million Years later, as a declassified CIA document discussing the Remote Viewing of Mars showed, where Mars was remote viewed 1,000,000 years ago. Yes, you read that correctly. To say that what the remote viewing session found was strikingly provocative is to put it incredibly lightly.5
This is because non-physical matter reality (N.P.M.R.), to borrow former physicist and NASA employee Tom Campbell’s technical term, as well as time by extension, are not locked in place like physical matter reality (P.M.R.).
This significantly different vantage point shows that just because someone dies doesn’t mean their essence dies with them, what that individual overcame, or what that individual created within the physical plane of existence, because the nonphysical aetheric vibrational plane of existence factors heavily as well, as quantum mechanics continues to show in the field.
Along those very pages, that is why many non-physical realities can be stacked on top of each other as well, because it’s all empty space featuring no limits, which is why several realms can supplant the physical realm, such as the astral realm for example, while still others can all coexist fluidly. Or to put it differently, empty space upon empty space still renders empty space, all of which limitlessly can coexists ‘within’ physical matter reality.4 All of it, limitless, just like all stories.
And just like the non-physical aetheric planes and stories woven therein are limitless, so are you.
Unconquerable, ever so.
Sources & Notes:
 John Taylor Gatto, Weapons of Mass Instruction, p. xvi., sourced from The American Mercury, by H.L. Mencken. All emphasis added.
 Cory Olsen, Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, p. 19.
 Ibid., p. 19. Emphasis added.
 I understand that by a different definition, physical matter reality can be argued to be empty space (defined as virtual, for instance) at the same time and that would not be incorrect. I simply use physical matter reality as the realm in which individuals traditionally interact in and what they know. If you really want to continue cycling down that tornado of mind-bending thought though, what reality is physical to an individual is simply the reality that their consciousness is junctioned to in a sense, which is why when their consciousness is dreaming it feels completely real (doesn’t it?), while ‘physical-matter-reality’ ‘stops’ being real while an individual dreams. See what I mean? I know, it sounds crazy, right? Except the notion of physical matter reality being empty space, virtual, or however you want to call it, decades ago seemed outlandish, and that’s what science continues to figure out with time.
 Remote viewing being the imperfect science that it is, relying heavily on the interpretation of the remote viewer, it’s hard to know truly what transpired on that particular CIA Remote Viewing session. Even so, the fact that remote viewers can access the non-material nature of reality forwards and backwards has not only been explored by the CIA, but other researchers as well. More importantly, I find it hard to believe that the CIA would have ‘randomly’ picked 1,000,000 years ago, right smack in the middle of a catastrophe, which researcher and former plasma physicist and NASA employee Dr. Brandenburg PhD has argued Mars has gone through and made an intriguing case for. By extension, if the CIA knew exactly what they were looking for, which they clearly did unless one wants to call it a coincidence, it means that the CIA was trying to find out the story of Mars. Where do you think THAT story leads?
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