7/20/14 Rev. David McArthur
Sleeping Beauty, Part III: Maleficent
“Maleficent” is the next chapter which shows our world, that appears to be dualistic, is in the end a kingdom free of pain, where we see only the Presence of the Divine. So where does pain come from?
Maleficent, when a young girl, was a winged beauty who flew to the highest levels of nature’s beauty (the spiritual realm) and displayed the “male” roles of power and protector (the soul). From the human realm came a boy, Stefan, who could still experience the spiritual world (as when we were young). They become best friends. About the age of sixteen, Stefan leaves the spiritual world behind for the “adult” world. The King could never conquer Maleficent’s realm (the spiritual) so had offered to leave his throne to who ever reeks revenge for him upon it. So in a symbol of power over another, Stefan steals Maleficent’s wings for the King—a horrible betrayal of his friendship with her.
Thus the curse from the “evil fairy” Maleficent when Sleeping Beauty is born. Our souls feel betrayed by the high level of pain and difficulty in the human experience. Without the wings, the soul is limited, unable to rise to the highest level of understanding. Maleficent must walk in the world. Yet, like our soul guides us, she watches over Sleeping Beauty as she grows, revealing to her the beauty and care of the spiritual realm. Grateful, Sleeping Beauty calls Maleficent her “fairy god-mother”—the symbol of our caring and protective Divine Mother.
Like the the King, we continue to express our desire for control and power over others. That brings the violence and pain. When we meet the pain and evil that we have created (touch the needle) we fall into the deep sleep, the experience of betrayal the King had given the spiritual world.
Where’s the evil? There is none. It’s a change of consciousness. As Charles Fillmore said, “God, or good, is omnipresent.” The apparent evil is not real. There is no devil, no Satan. There is only power for the good. It is spiritual law. How magnificent that you have made the decision to heal, and so have stepped into the path of the pain you brought! It is one of the highest levels of what we do.
Look at what we accomplish with love. John’s gospel says, “…the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” And in Matthew, “…until heaven and earth pass away, not … one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until the law is fulfilled.” This does not mean we have to go through all the pain and suffering we have given. What comes to us is for us to meet with love. Love is the fulfillment. The kiss of true love awakens Sleeping Beauty. But it is not the Prince’s, it is Maleficent’s (our Divine Mother). Divine Love heals our pain. We awaken. It’s a new world.
The King still attacks Maleficent. Although she does not engage, he falls from the tower and dies. Duality cannot sustain itself. This is what happens when we meet it with non-resistance. Let it go; give it no more power and energy. That which presents against you has no real power over you. You are a child of the most high. All that power is within you. Nothing can stand in the way of your good. There is only one power. Again in Matthew, Jesus said, “Do not resist an evil person; turn the other cheek.” But how? Non resistance is a challenge. Repeat: I am a spiritual being living in a spiritual world governed by spiritual law. I am a spiritual being living in a spiritual world governed by spiritual law. I am a spiritual being living in a spiritual world governed by spiritual law.
Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent both become the queens of their realms (the human and the spiritual), but the barriers between are gone. It is all one kingdom. God is good all the time! God is good all the time! All the time God is good!