Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Alice in Wonderland - Through the Keyhole

(photo from the web)

Synchronicity is a wonderful language of angels. I had an experience with Lewis Carroll's delightful book, Alice in Wonderland.  For some reason, the white rabbit with the pocket watch keeps crossing my path.
 "I'm late...I'm late for a very important date."
The White Rabbit leads Alice on a chase down the rabbit hole where she finds herself in Wonderland.   Imagine my surprise when I found Alice's white rabbit at McDonald's. The drive-thru line was long, so Elliot and I went inside for a breakfast muffin. Early in the morning we had been driving since 5 am. when we entered our local McDonald's. Walking through the front door of the golden arches, was a bit like going down a rabbbit hole.  The theme was Alice in Wonderland! A gigantic clock mechanism decorated the ceiling of the eating area.  And, then, the white rabbit with his gold watch was displayed in a glass case on a pedestal.
What was going on?
The rabbit's pocket watch turned up at Sunflower Park in DeLand, Florida where we spent our first winter in Florida.
Back home in Virginia, at the public library, I grabbed a magazine from the free bin, "You Will Receive the Power."  I wondered why I picked it up since it was a Catholic publication.  Elliot smiled.  There must be something inside for you. To my surprise an article, BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE, began with a reference to Alice in Wonderland! 
"At one point in the story, Alice says: "There's no use trying, one can't believe impossible things." But the Queen disagrees, saying: "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." The article went on that it is the Holy Spirit who helps us grasp and believe truths that are impossible for us to accept on the basis of logic alone.
With all the Alice in Wonderland synchronicity, we watched the Disney movie this weekend.  The movie differed from the book as it omitted the Queen's dialogue on believing in the impossible.
What I remember in the film was key. Alice tired of Wonderland, is racing back to the door to return home.  The nasty Queen of Hearts and her angry army of playing cards are chasing her. Alice gets to the door and pulls on the knob, but it won't open!
 "I must go home!"  The animated door tells her the good news.  She is already at home.  Alice looks through the keyhole. It's true.  She's sleeping peacefully under the tree.  "ALICE! WAKE UP!" Young Alice finds herself waking up.
I love the symbolism.  In our dream of separation from God, the Holy Spirit is the door that reminds us of the truth.  We are dreaming of an exile that could never take place.


Rae Karen