A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.
But he grew old--
This knight so bold--
And o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.
And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow--
"Shadow," said he,
" "Where can it be--
This land of Eldorado?"
"Over the mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,
" The shade replied--
"If you seek for Eldorado!"
~Edgar Allan Poe~
Gaily bedight, set out in sunshine and in shadow
to find your Eldorado.
To complete this exercise you may find that it
helps to follow the general instructions provided for meditations
and guided imagery. Once you have quietened and relaxed simply ask
'Where is my Eldorado?'
Shilo Cannon Burn's response to this exercise may
guide you and provide you with a kick start.
Eldorado.The lost City of Gold. A myth or legend made
by the Indians to protect themselves from the Spanish conquistadores,
or an actual city lost in time? No one knows for sure, but it has
fed the imaginations of thousands and been the impetus for many
a quest for untold wealth. It's been the Destructor and Waster of
lives and The Dream of many.
Or I should say gold is the Destructor and Waster
of lives and The Dream of many. Look at King Midas. He had enormous
wealth, but he wanted more so he was granted the Golden Touch. Everything
he touched turned to gold. At first he was delighted, but he soon
realized what a curse it was when he couldn't eat a simple apple
and accidentally turned his beloved child to gold.
Pindar, the Greek writer wrote: "Gold is the child
of Zeus. Neither moth nor rust devour it, but the mind of man is
devoured by it." Someone else once said, "Gold is the king of metals
and the metal of kings; it is the ultimate measure of value." Only
because it is so rare, and because it is so rare it's sought after
So why have I become a miner? Have I caught the gold
fever too? In a way I have. But I seek a gold of a different sort.
The Gold of Creativity. The Gold of Better Self-Understanding. This
gold will make me rich all right, but on the inside. This gold is
rarer, more valuable than the other, though it will not make me
rich in finances.
A wise woman recently read the poem Eldorado by Edgar
Allan Poe to those of us who have boldly staked claims to the mine
of Soul Food Cafe. We
have been cautioned that mining isn't easy and only the hardiest
of souls can and will mine the many veins that are just waiting
to be discovered. She then asked us, this wise woman, what our Eldorado
is. What are we seeking within this mine? What is the shadow?
I've taken a few days to ponder this, to read and
reread the poem and make it mine in a sense. Eldorado is the city
of untold wealth, the lost City of Gold, therefore the ultimate
unattainable dream. What is my Eldorado? *soft smile* I guess it
is giving my heart freely to someone.
I've fallen for men before, but never completely.
When it could've gone further my heart remained behind, a portion
of it still locked to the one I hoped to give it to. I truly wanted
to give my heart away several times when I thought, This time, this
guy could be it, but each guy just couldn't awaken that slumbering
part of me. In fact, it's still sleeping, waiting for that special
man with the right key to come and unlock it. To bring it to life.
Why is this unattainable? you may be wondering. It
just seems highly unlikely right now with my circumstances. It has
been my experience in the past that not many men look past the outward
appearance of a woman in a wheelchair. They either walk away, look
upon me as a bud or sister, or they eventually move onto greener
pastures, as it were. I would love to fall in love, but I am ok
with being a strong single woman. If it doesn't happen it doesn't
happen. I have other things I can do, like perfecting myself.
Which is what I'm seeking within the mine. This particular
mine has been designed to pull out, make us dig for and uncover
hidden resevoirs of potential, creativity and better self-understanding.
Which is why those who mine its myriad veins of alluvial gold have
found and will find something so precious. They'll be far richer
(and blessed) than they ever dreamed of.
What is the shadow? I think the shadow is fear and
failure. Mining this special mine won't be easy and will get daunting
at times, but we cannot give up. Success is getting up one more
time than you fall down. Success is trying one last time. The knight
in the poem searched and searched for Eldorado, but could never
find it. He grew old and started doubting himself. As the shade
said, we must go over the mountains of the Moon and through the
Valley of the Shadow and ride boldly if we seek for Eldorado. We
must go far and overcome the fear of failing if we hope to ever
Seekers of Eldorado
Brave miners have set out in search of Eldorado. Along
the way they may pick up what they believe to be Eldorado but will
they find what is truly their Eldorado? Hopefully some will keep
journal records and allow us to bear witness to the search.
Mine is the property of Heather Blakey and Miners who have generously
shared their work. Please do not replicate any part of this mine
without written permission.