Alison Davies shows you how to overcome heartache with three powerful life lessons from ancient folklore
TURN YOUR STRUGGLE INTO SUCCESS
Arachne was a Greek maiden who claimed to be the best weaver in the land. This angered the Goddess Athena, so she challenged her to a contest. Arachne produced the most exquisite work, but instead of receiving an accolade, Athena destroyed her creation. The maiden was so distraught, she tried to hang herself, but the goddess changed the rope into a cobweb – and Arachne into a spider. Now she gets to weave her beautiful webs throughout the world for all to see. In the end, she received the recognition she truly deserved.
We might not always get what we want, but sometimes the Universe has something better planned for us. Celebrate your talents and never give up, and like Arachne you will find your place in the world.
STEP OUT OF THE DARKNESS
When the Japanese sun goddess saw one of her sacred animals being killed, she was so upset that she retreated to a cave high in the mountains. In doing so, she hid her sunshine from the world. As a result, nothing would grow and her people were hungry, but the goddess was too unhappy to realise what was happening to those around her. Finally, a fun-loving deity decided to distract the goddess from her misery by dancing and making silly noises at the entrance of the cave. Curious about the commotion, the goddess stepped out of the cave to see the spectacle and began to laugh. At this point, the deity sealed the entrance so the sun goddess couldn’t return to the dark place she had been hiding, and the world was full of light again.
Your sadness has a ripple effect on those close to you – it’s sometimes necessary to retreat, but don’t stay hidden for too long because you’ll deprive other people of your warmth and kindness. When you are feeling down, try helping someone else instead. Plus, you should never underestimate the power of laughter. Sometimes the simplest things can snap you out of a bad mood and encourage you to leave the darkness behind.
LOOK FOR HIDDEN GIFTS
According to Native American folklore, snow fell so heavily that all the animals on the planet were going to perish. Rainbow Crow – the most beautiful bird with the best singing voice – was sent to the god Kijiamuh Ka’ong to make the Earth warm again. The god explained that the snow had its own spirits he couldn’t control. Instead, he stuck a stick into the sun to create fire. Rainbow Crow flew with the stick in his beak so quickly that the soot turned his beautiful feathers black and the smoke strangled his singing voice. Although he was sad he had lost his beauty, the other animals celebrated him as a hero. As a reward for his sacrifice, Kijiamuh Ka’ong made his flesh taste of smoke so that man wouldn’t hunt him, and his voice a caw so man wouldn’t put him into a cage to sing – now Crow will always be free.
Appearance isn’t everything. In order to master true confidence, appreciate the good things you do for other people and the love you have in your life. Also, like Rainbow Crow, look for the hidden blessings when you are going through a tough time. Often, when we lose one thing, it’s actually the Universe’s way of clearing that path for another magical experience.