In the last blog post I told you that death in the fairytale dimension (FTD) is not as absolute as it is here. People can choose whether to rise from the dead and go on living in the same place and time or not. Death in one fairy tale country is often only a means to start fresh in another one.
How to leave the FTD
What happens when people want to disengage from the fairy tale dimension altogether? For this you need the grim reaper. He is personified death. The grim reaper is an integral part of the FTD. His job is built into the blueprint of the dimension. He is the gatekeeper who escorts people out of the dimension into other states of consciousness. His job is really big and very important. He has hundreds of billions of possible clients: Every inhabitant of the FTD.
If someone is choosing to die they subconsciously call the grim reaper. He receives the signal and comes and gets them. There are many different manners of disengagement to choose from, but in the FTD people prefer to simply vanish. They rarely create illnesses, accidents or other violent ways to disengage. Interestingly their bodies disappear with them. At the agreed time death appears in one of his disguises and takes them by the hand. With the other hand he opens the exit and escorts his client out of the dimension.
Sometimes when he shows up a bit late people have changed their minds and this is where the legend of cheating the grim reaper comes from. In fact people don´t cheat death; they simply change their opinion and choose to stay longer.
The two insignias of the grim reaper
The grim reaper uses his insignias to perform his duties. They are handed down from one reaper to the next.
The first item is the magic key that will open the door out of the dimension. We usually picture this key as a scythe. If you observe it closely however you can see that it does not have any sharp edges. It looks more like a big intricately crafted key with runes on it mounted on a stick. He is the only being who can open the door of the dimension with this key.
The famous black hooded cape is the second item. It helps the grim reaper to shapeshift and appear at a multitude of locations. To journey in all parts of the dimension simultaneously he has a specially outfitted room in his house. The room has a round shape and there are lots of mirrors on the walls facing inwards. Death stands in the middle of the room with his cape and key and his image is multiplied hundredfold. He then tunes in to the different calls for disengagement and walks through the mirrors in as many versions of himself as it takes to meet his clients everywhere in the dimension.
Personified death in earth culture
The concept of personified death is part of earth culture, too. Pictures of death as a skeleton with his black cape and scythe are depicted often.
In my healing practise I have once worked with a girl who has lost her mother early in life. I was consulted because she was having terrible nightmares. In these nightmares she visualised death as a skeleton with a black cape that was attacking her mother. Thankfully we managed to get rid of this nightmare. But this incident shows that even children personify death in this way.
Here is a Wikipedia link on personified death in earth cultures if you are interested the grim reaper.
A visit in the home of the grim reaper
It turns out that death in the FTD is not grim at all but a very friendly humanoid fellow who takes his job quite seriously. I call him Grimmy and he thinks this name is hilarious. When I asked him whether I could visit him with a group of friends he gladly invited us into his home. Being the ring bearer has its perks. This house and its location is one of the best kept secrets of the dimension. Hardly anybody ever gets invited there. Like my home it is built mostly in the shadows. This means it is not easily visible when you walk by. In his home Grimmy feels at ease and can relax from his strenuous job. If you want to know more about the home of the ring bearer follow this link: Home of the Ringbearer.
Grimmy and his assistants cooked a wonderful meal for us. We sat around a big table getting to know each other. After the meal there was an impromptu party. The furniture in the dining room was put to the side and somebody played some music. One of my friends literally flirted with death. Both of them had a ball. My friend from Switzerland played a game of cards with Grimmy: A game where the player who cheats best wins. I am not sure who was best. He let some of us even try on his cape and pose in the mirror. Fun.
His house was not dark at all but very light. We did a tour and he seemed to favour light wood panels to plain painted walls. There were some interesting art objects on display: I saw a statue of a mother and child and some cheerful paintings with flowers. They reminded me of Monet.
The story of the grim reaper
In a quiet moment I asked him how he became the grim reaper. He told me his story:
He has lived many life times in different fairy tale stories. He was not so much interested in magic but more in social interactions. In these lives he was mostly a craftsman or a farmer.
He got interested in the job of the grim reaper when his late wife chose to leave the dimension. He watched when she left on a beautiful horse, slowly vanishing form his sight. He was fascinated and contacted the grim reaper currently in office and interviewed him about the job. Soon afterwards he was accepted as an apprentice. When his predecessor wanted to leave the dimension he performed an elaborate ritual and handed over the insignias and his powers of office to Grimmy.
It was very fascinating to meet a person who plays such an important role in the FTD. I enjoyed this visit very much. Grimmy is such an interesting likable fellow and a very considerate host. Should you meet him in your dreams give him my kindest regards.
© Inge Schumacher