Kingdom Under the Mountain
There once stood a mountain, hiding amongst all the rest, in a place of existence far beyond worldly measure. The mountain was of heavenly form both within and without, and deep inside its echoing depths was built a kingdom--a vast network of earthly chambers all connecting in interlocking cylindrical patterns.
Here Terrance the fourth, king under the mountain, ruled for countless ages. His daughter Sophia knew the kingdom like the back of her hand... better, even. She had spent many a youths wandering its mysterious halls, godly palaces and candlelit courtyards, quiet as stone. Locked in a continuous loop of incarnations, she always awoke the same - - Little Sophia, beautiful and wise daughter of King Terrance, and princess under the mountain.
Soon, however, she would be mature enough to venture to the surface. Mother and father had been preparing her for this longer than she could ever know, despite all of the accumulated wisdom. There was just one final test... One last chance to prove she was ready.
It's common for a mountain dweller to forget everything when rising to the surface (really, it's a welcome part of the journey. ) Sophia was tasked with remembering her true self, with no help from outside forces.
Queen Clara blinded her daughter's mind for just a moment - - then asked: "Do you know who you are?"
Sophia looked around her bedroom with bright eyes, seeing it again for the first time.
The Queen repeated - - "Do you know yourself?"
Sophia now locked eyes with the questioner, as if finally recognizing their presence and inquiry. Her eyes closed gently and she just laughed, whole-heartedly.
Pleased, the Queen restored her daughter and wrapped around her in a loving embrace.
"Go now, my child. Explore! I'll be seeing you around..."
This story brought to you by MindVenture Club. The painting is used by permission of club member, Patrick J. McCollum
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