What To Do With Dragons – MKMMA Week 17b

Our hero climbs yet another mountain and stands at the top looking back from where they came. It has been quite an adventure since they were called forward and took up the mantle of hero… Since they decided it was within their power to control their own fate. This new life of adventure has not been all ease and comfort. There have been bumps and bruises along the way but every hero has bumps and bruises and any quest of significance is worth receiving them.

You are that hero. You have taken up the quest and have become a hero in your own life. You have left so much of what used to be familiar. Truth be told, though, you doubt that those things would give you any comfort now. They just don’t offer the same draw that they once did. New things have you put in their place.

You walk along a path on your quest. Suddenly, the path opens up into a clearing and at the far end of the clearing is a dark cave. You know, deep inside, that the cave holds powers that may threaten to undo you if you don’t face them well. You draw your sword and enter the cave… one cautious step at a time. Your torch provides little light against the inky black that surrounds you. As you turn the corner, though, it provides all the light that you need to see a colossal figure in front of you. Scales glisten in the firelight. It stands before you, ancient and powerful. It is a dragon.

What is your response? I guess, like a great many things in life, your response depends on how you perceive this mighty beast. Even dragons can mean different things to different people and how we were trained to view them has a huge impact on what we will do next.

Green_european_dragon.jpgYou see, different cultures have different views on dragons. European dragons, for example, were malevolent and destructive. They were an evil menace. Stories told of how they used their ancient wisdom to manipulate, slaughter villages, eat livestock and steal treasure. Most of the dragons in these legends cared nothing for others and these stories typically ended with the hero killing the dragon so that it could no longer terrorize the land.

Chinese_Dragon.jpgThe Chinese dragon, however, is viewed entirely differently. This dragon was seen as a very good omen. They were seen as a symbol of power, strength and good luck for those worthy of them. Much of the Chinese art depicting dragons also shows the dragon with a flaming pearl which was a symbol of spiritual power and wisdom.

How do you choose to see dragons? This is important because we use dragon as a metaphor for the dire challenges that we face in life. So much depends on our perceptions. When you face a challenge, which type of dragon do you see. Do you see a powerful, malevolent force that is bent on your destruction? Do you see an attacker whose wrath you hope to merely survive? Or do you see a keeper of wisdom which will teach you during your encounter, even if bumps and bruises are part of the exchange? These dragons can be your tormentor or your teacher. Your paralysis or your awakening. Your end or your true beginning.

How you view a challenge in life will determine what mindset you bring into that challenge. Consequently, the mindset that you bring into the challenge will determine what you will take away from it.

As Og states in Scroll IV:

I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise. I am no longer fooled by the garments they wear for mine eyes are open. I look beyond the cloth and I am not deceived.

Here’s to you, my hero… Bumps, bruises and all.

~Cheers, Daniel Hanscom

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49 thoughts on “What To Do With Dragons – MKMMA Week 17b

      1. masterkeybrony

        thanks so much Daniel. Absolutely appreciate it. There are a few skeletons in the closest that I’m not aware of in my mind… but my body seems to know and reacts with shut down. So my choice now is to go and do some body work to somehow assist in the healing of the past that is stored in my body. …

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      2. Daniel Hanscom Post author

        Best to you as you grow into the person that you intend to be. Remember that the community is here to assist and support you in that process in any way that we can.

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  1. masterkeybritta

    wow wow wow This is the best post so far!! I read it early this week on my phone. It is the first to be shared on FB! Thank you Daniel. YOu are always spot on!

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      1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

        How kind of you to pass it on, Britta! I appreciate it and I’m glad that others enjoyed the post. Out of curiosity, what coach’s forum are you referring to?

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  2. dominica8

    interesting, about those dragons, I kind of knew that in the back of my mind, but had not thought about it consciously this week, thanks. And yep, bumps and bruisers, I know ALL about THOSE…. πŸ˜€ ….bruisers tend to develop rainbow-colors though at the end…. πŸ˜‰ …. also another perspective πŸ™‚

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      My favorite is how in many of the Chinese tales the dragon is guarding a gate… Once you have learned what you must from the dragon you are permitted to enter the gate to next part of your journey. Thanks for reading and commenting, Rex.

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      1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

        We learn from whatever sources we choose to listen to… Sometimes we can miss the more subtle teachers along the way and struggles eventually arrive as more stern teachers… Ones we cannot easily ignore. πŸ™‚

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  3. Lorelei Sunshine

    Aloha Daniel love your post this week and how you explain the different dragons re East & West My daughter was born in the year of the Dragon and she uses this aspect of herself in everyday life she has secret Dragon Powers πŸ™‚
    Everyone’s Dragons mean something different…Its pretty Exciting yet sometimes a whole lot scary when you encounter yours…mahalo’s for sharing your HJ πŸ™‚

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      Glad you enjoyed the post, Lorelei. So cool that your daughter has secret dragon powers… I was born in the year of the rabbit so I have yet to find out how to apply secret bunny powers to real life. Dragons may be scary but they have a lot to teach us. They are the unconquered things. Then we conquer them and they are no longer menacing… “and with each victory the next struggle becomes less difficult”. Thanks for commenting, Lorelei. Great ideas! πŸ™‚

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  4. VirginiaPerl

    Great post, Daniel! Wow, if only I could write as poetic as you do. I have every book written on writing metaphor, but am still struggling. But I do realize that maybe The Universal intent is for me to embrace my own voice and continue to write tight and to the point. My book will still be a best-seller. I know, because it’s in my DMP:) Thank you!

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      Thank you, Virginia. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the post. You have your own voice, a story to tell and an audience waiting to hear it. I can’t wait until you are a best-selling author and I’ll be able to say, “You know, she used to read my blog.” πŸ™‚ You’re AWESOME, Virginia!

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  5. mkmmaasambush

    Another great blog! I love this part: “These dragons can be your tormentor or your teacher. Your paralysis or your awakening. Your end or your true beginning.” SO insightful – thank you!

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    1. Daniel Hanscom Post author

      As long as the metaphor is serving you then it’s great, Wendy. I guess the key is to be aware as to how these concepts and metaphors impact our thinking. Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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