An Infinite Path
Played by: Lori
Game II Core Wave: "Ancient Ideas in Modern
Times" or "Time Transcendent Ideas."
The symbol, most easily catagorized as a wheel, is made up of a circle and straight lines which intersect each other at a designated point in the middle.
There is a group of monks who live in the Far East. As a type of initiation into the group, each young man is given the task of runner. Every day for a year he wakes at dawn and runs up a mountain, where he prays and meditates. Upon finishing his meditation, he runs back down the mountain. He is going nowhere. Even though his path covers a great amount of distance, he is no further from the beginning than when he started.
However, just like in a circle, the experience itself is what is important, not necessarily where one ends up. The spiritual plane the young man rises to, along with the discipline of learning dedication and faith even though it promises no definite outcome, is why the process exists.
The symbol shows a path with many opportunities for shortcuts. However, in taking the shortcuts, one misses out on the importance of the experience, and ends up in the same place he or she started.
The same can be said for life. A child's first steps mark the graduation from an entirely dependant state, to one where a life is forged. Shortcuts to a "happy" life can be taken, but in reality the path within one's self, a circular path in which the person can never be truly finished, is what needs to be completed. That's the journey. It's what's important, not the end product.
It reminds me a little of a Pink Floyd song I liked a lot in high school called "The Gold it's in the..." The final lyrics went: "All I wanna tell you, all I wanna say, is count me in on the journey don't expect me to stay." A journey around the wheel does move one back to the beginning but the wheel if it is rolling has moved ahead to a different position. Two different ways of looking at it but I don't think these perspectives are in any kind of conflict. Both exist simultaneously and both journeys contain elements of both kinds of journey.
-- Robert Cohen