stories

the wayfinder

on the same day in the fall all the monarch butterflies in north america take flight and head south. along the way, they gather in huge butterfly flocks and they all arrive at the same time on a mountain in mexico where they sleep for the winter.

zoe was 14 years old. she lived in poverty in a big city. her neighborhood was full of greed and anger and suffering.

one evening her wayfinder muse showed her a dream. she dreamt of a happy village full of love joy and peace. everyone in the village enjoyed the spirit of love. then the wayfinder muse crawled in her ear and settled in her heart.

she told her friend nathan about her dream and he said – let’s run away and find this place! so zoe and nathan started walking [they didn’t know where] looking for the city of the spirit of love.

after a few days, they found a group of people on a bridge holding signs that said ‘fighting for peace’ and shouting at people passing by.
nathan said maybe we can find the spirit of love here
so they joined the group
every day they marched up and down the bridge shouting ‘fight for peace!’
after a few months zoe was not feeling love or peace. the wayfinder spirit took the opportunity to whisper in zoe’s heart and they left the group and continued their search.

weeks went by, and man put a paper in their hand that said ‘we are the village of the spirit of loving relationships and abundance and health and wealth. we know how to open the windows of heaven and blessings will pour out on you’. maybe we can find the spirit of love here they thought, so they joined the group.
their leader said.. give me all your money and we will show you the spirit of loving relationships and abundance and health and wealth. this is your job. you have to spend all day every day walking through the city of the world giving this message to everyone you meet. so every day nathan and zoe walked through the city of the world telling everyone they met about abundance and health and wealth. sometimes they shouted their message on street corners and sometimes they gave the piece of paper with the abundance message to people they met. they said – give us money to help us spread the message – and lots of people gave them money. one day they noticed that the leader was keeping all the abundance and there was no love. she only felt the greed of the leader. the wayfinder spirit took the opportunity to whisper in zoe’s heart and they left the group and continued their search.

after a long time, they met a group standing by the side of the road on one leg. they were chanting words zoe and nathan did not understand. they wore white robes and funny hats. they said – our chants make the spirit of love fall out of heaven. if we do not stand on one leg and chant day and night, the sky will fall and the sun will not come up in the morning. nathan was [pun alert] enchanted and said let’s join them! so the leader gave them a white robe and a funny hat and said – chant these words… months went by and zoe noticed she did not feel any love. she only felt the pride and arrogance of the leader. the wayfinder spirit took the opportunity to whisper in zoe’s heart and they left the group and continued their search.

they found themselves in a desert and they saw a city far away in the distance. maybe this is the city of the spirit of love they thought. it took four days walking to reach the city. in the central square of the city a huge crowd had gathered. they were listening to a man raised high up in sort of a pulpit reading from tablets of gold. someone close to them explained that the tablets of gold were written by god el mismo and the only person that could read the unknown language was the man in the pulpit and only when he wore his special glasses. the man in the pulpit was saying that all of us could enjoy a loving family and abundance if we wore special underwear and gave the group all of our money to help spread the message. zoe smelled pride and greed. the wayfinder spirit took the opportunity to whisper in zoe’s heart and they left the group and continued their search.

they walked through the desert and over mountains and they found themselves [again] in the city of the world. a man on the street put a piece of paper in their hands. it said – you cannot flow the spirit of love because you have darknesses in you blocking the flow. take our free test and we will remove your darknesses and show you how to flow love and prosperity. so they took the test and were a little startled when they found out the test is free but the answers cost $500. the test showed that they were infested with evil darknesses that they could remove their darknesses by enrolling in the remove-your-darknesses university. they were desperate to find the spirit of love, so they both enrolled and started classes. they were surprised to learn the truth that they were not earth children but children from a far-away galaxy that had been kidnapped by an evil overlord and kept frozen in a prison far out in space among the stars. by a cosmic improbability they were released from their prison and reborn on the earth. but the good news was that they could discover their true nature. the remedy was to give all their money to the remove-your-darknesses university and help spread the good news by becoming evangelists and walk the streets handing out pieces of paper and asking people for money to help spread the message. so they did for several years. then one day zoe thought to herself – where’s the love? the wayfinder spirit took the opportunity to whisper in zoe’s heart and they left the group and continued their search.

zoe and nathan were feeling sad that they were having difficulty finding the city of the spirit of love when they saw a small village off the side of the road. everyone was smiling and there was feel-good music playing. they thought – this seems like a loving group! and went to investigate. the leader saw them coming and said – we are a happy group full of love. sit down, listen to the music, smoke this special tobacco and you will forget all of your sadness. so they sat down, and listened to the music, and smoked the special tobacco and forgot all their sadness. it felt good to be surrounded by people flowing feel-good. after a few weeks, zoe woke up and her heart whispered – there is no love here. only feel-good. so they left the group and continued their search.

they met a group that preached – you are poisoning your body and the earth with chemicals and other nasty stuff. you can save your body and save the earth if you live simply and only eat things that are the color green. zoe felt the spirit of the fear of death and kept walking.

they met a healer that said – you do not have love in your life because your emotional pipes are blocked by darknesses. give me money and i will clear your pipes with spiritual acupuncture massage and allow love to flow. zoe and nathan thought – hmmm.. maybe this is what we are looking for. so they gave the healer money and the healer performed spiritual acupuncture massage. zoe felt feel-good flowing in her but she did not feel love. the wayfinder muse took the opportunity to whisper in zoe’s heart and they continued their search.

they found a scripture study group in one of the poorest sections of the city. there was a big sign on the front of the building that said – god is love. inside the building the leader said – if your doctrine is correct god’s love will flow in your life. you also have to give us money so we can spread the good news. and when you spread the good news, you have to say these words ‘yadda yadda yadda’. zoe and nathan thought this sounded right, so they gave the group money and studied the written word. every time they had a question the leader said – only our supreme leader can answer that. sometimes he said – you have to become expert in the original language. sometimes he said – you have to read this other book to understand that. after continual evasive answers, zoe’s heart whispered – there is no love here. so they left the group and continued their search.

they happened on some worshipers singing ‘god is love’ and dancing in the street. so they stayed to watch. the leader saw them and told them – god wants you to be powerful healers and miracle workers! join us and we will show you how! but zoe’s heart said – check this out before you join. so nathan and zoe privately questioned the group members. they said – so you have been here a lot of years… are you any closer to the spirit of love? no one said yes. so zoe and nathan did not waste any more time and kept walking.

they met a fundamentalist who said – unbelievers are poisoning the planet. lets kill all the unbelievers and purify the earth! zoe and nathan could not get far enough away fast enough.

by happenstance, they met a shaman. he said – i can give you the spirit of love and make you powerful. you will be a miracle worker!! you can make people love you!! and you will be powerful!! nathan and zoe only heard the love word and said – we’ll try it. they learned how to make it rain. they learned to make it stop raining. they learned to make people love them. they learned to heal. they learned to make people love them [did i already say that?]. but zoe did not feel the love in her heart so they left the group and continued their search.

they met a guru who taught ‘god is love’… if you give me a lot of money i will show you how! so they joined the guru. they ate right. they did yoga postures. they meditated. then they noticed that ‘love’ flowed better when you had the right yoga outfit. and it flowed better in a luxury hotel on the beach. and it flowed better if you were thin and strong and beautiful. zoe’s heart whispered – i don’t feel love here. so they left the group and continued their search.

they escaped the city of the world and they wandered to the back side of the desert and lived there for 20 years. then one day, they heard a voice from heaven calling their names. they were filled with light that flowed from beyond spacetime and their spirit reached to the end of the universe. they were overflowing love and oneness. they told their friends – we have no words for this. we cannot teach you this.

they married and had 70 children. they and their friends and their families created the village of the spirit of love. everybody shared everything. there was no disease, no poverty, no greed and no suffering in their village.

and they all lived happily ever after.