The Story of the Sleeping Dragon

September 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Once upon a time, there was a boy. He was a very nice little boy, very sweet.  He loved to play, loved music, loved life. He had a big heart, full of love.

One day, he decided to play outside. He was playing in the grass when a dog came by. He began playing with the dog. He threw a small ball and watched as the dog joyfully ran after it, fetching it back to him every time. He loved to run his hands through the dog’s soft fur and see the dog relax into him as he scratched behind his ears. The little boy was delighted at how simple it was to feel joyful.

After awhile, the little boy’s mom called him to come inside. But the little boy didn’t want to come inside. He started to feel angry. Why did she have to call him now when he was enjoying the day with the dog?

As she continued to call, he got angrier until finally he stormed up the front steps with a furrowed brow and dark eyes, fists clenched, stomping his feet.

As his mother watched him come inside, she saw her son whom she loved so much, but there was something different about him. He seemed to have a dragon on his back! The dragon was fiery and red, roaring loudly and bursting flames all around him. Her son didn’t seem to notice the dragon, so large on his back he could hardly be seen underneath.  The little boy was too busy clenching his fists and grumbling about things not being fair.

The little boy’s mom was very wise however, and so she said “my son, I love you”. The little boy continued to grumble. The dragon on his back was roaring too loudly for him to hear his mother’s words.

His mother got down on her knees so she could see her son’s eyes and he could see the love in hers, placing her hands gently on his shoulders, she repeated “my son, I love you”.

As the little boy looked into her eyes and saw the love there, she noticed a small spark flickering in her little boy’s chest. She watched as it began to grow stronger and brighter, forming into a small ball of very bright, white light.

Suddenly, the dragon on his back noticed the bright light, and realized his power was draining. As the light grew stronger and brighter, the dragon shrunk smaller and smaller until POP! He vanished.  The wise mother gently pulled her son into her embrace and joined her light with his. Suddenly the room was full of bright light and a feeling of love swept over them both.

The little boy looked up at his mother with his beautiful bright eyes, and said “Thanks, Mom”.

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1.       What is the dragon?

The dragon is anger. Like any negative emotion, it can sweep over us and take us over, completely covering our true selves.

2.       What is the spark/growing light?

The light within us is our true essence: the divinity within each of us that connects us to one another and to God. When we tap into and harmonize our situation with our internal light, all negative emotion loses its power over us.

3.       Why did the dragon shrink?

As soon as the little boy remembered who he was and felt that warm growing spark within him, the anger fell away. There is no scarcity when we are harmonized with our true essence. There is only joy, love and inner peace.

We all experience triggers that wake our sleeping dragons. The good news is that as soon as we become aware that the dragon is an emotion, and not our identity, we can be free of it.

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