Behind the Scenes of Sleeping Beauty

I was surprised to find out that the fairy tale I grew up with does have another chapter that was totally new to me.

The earliest known versions of Sleeping Beauty are found in the 14th century in the long Arthurian book Perceforest. I grew up with the Grimm´s version which is based on Perrault 1628-1703 and is the most popular today.

(Charles Perrault was one oft he first Europeans to put together popular fairy tales and he inspired many for example the Grimm brothers who lived in the middle of the 19th century. )

The story of Sleeping Beauty I am familiar with

At the christening of a king and queen’s long-wished-for child, seven good fairies are invited to be godmothers to the infant Princess. The fairies attend the banquet at the palace. Each fairy is presented with a golden plate and drinking cups adorned with jewels. Soon after, an old fairy enters the palace and is seated with a plate of fine china and a crystal drinking glass. This old fairy was overlooked because she has been within a tower for many years and everyone had believed her to be deceased. Six of the other seven fairies offer their gifts of beauty, wit, grace, dance, song, and goodness to the infant princess. The old fairy is very angry about having been forgotten, and as her gift, enchants the infant Princess so that she will one day prick her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel and die. The seventh fairy, who hasn’t yet given her gift, attempts to reverse the evil fairy’s curse. However, she can only do so partially. Instead of dying, the Princess will fall into a deep sleep for 100 years and be awakened by a kiss from a king’s son.

The King orders every spindle and spinning wheel in the kingdom to be destroyed, to try to save his daughter from the terrible curse. Fifteen or sixteen years pass and one day, when the king and queen are away, the Princess wanders through the palace rooms and comes upon an old woman, spinning with her spindle. The princess, who has never seen anyone spin before, asks the old woman if she can try the spinning wheel. The curse is fulfilled as the princess pricks her finger on the spindle and instantly falls into a deep sleep. The king has the Princess carried to the finest room in the palace and placed upon a bed of gold and silver embroidered fabric. The king and queen kiss their daughter goodbye and depart, proclaiming the entrance to be forbidden. The good fairy who altered the evil prophecy is summoned. Having great powers of foresight, the fairy sees that the Princess will awaken to distress when she finds herself alone, so the fairy puts everyone in the castle to sleep. The fairy also summons a forest of trees, brambles and thorns that spring up around the castle, shielding it from the outside world.

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A hundred years pass and a Prince finds the hidden castle during a hunting expedition. An old man recounts the story: Within the castle lies a beautiful Princess who is doomed to sleep for a hundred years until a king’s son comes and awakens her. The prince then braves the brambles and thorns and enters the castle. He passes the sleeping castle folk and reaches the chamber where the Princess lies asleep on the bed. Struck by the radiant beauty before him, he falls on his knees before her. The enchantment comes to an end by a kiss and the princess awakens and converses with the prince for a long time. Meanwhile, the rest of the castle awakens and go about their business. The Prince and Princess are married by the chaplain.

Disney and all other popular narratives end with this scene.

The part of Sleeping Beauty that was new to me

After the secret wedding the Princess bears two children, Aurore (Dawn) and Jour (Day), unbeknown to his mother, who is of an ogre lineage. When the time comes for the Prince to ascend the throne, he brings his wife and children.

The Ogress Queen Mother sends the young Queen and the children to a house secluded in the woods and directs her cook to prepare the boy for dinner. The kind-hearted cook substitutes a lamb for the boy, which satisfies the Queen Mother. She then demands the girl and the cook this time substitutes a young goat, which also satisfies the Queen Mother. When the Ogress demands that he serve up the young Queen, the latter offers to slit her throat so that she may join the children that she imagines are dead. While the Queen Mother is satisfied with a hind in place of the young Queen, there is a tearful secret reunion of the Queen and her children. However, the Queen Mother soon discovers the cook’s trick and she prepares a tub in the courtyard filled with vipers and other noxious creatures. The King returns and the Ogress, her true nature having been exposed, throws herself into the tub and is fully consumed. The King, young Queen, and children then live happily ever after.

(from Wikipedia)

There are many modern adaptions of the Grimm story: movies, ballets and operas:

 

Here are two contemporary examples:

1. The animated movies featuring Shrek by Dreamworks are very funny: They play with appearances of the protagonists of this Sleeping Beauty story. An ogre rescues Princess Fiona who turns out to be an ogre herself.

2. The book Reckless The Petrified Flesh

is the first of a three-piece-series called Mirrorworld by Cornelia Funke. She is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy.
Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a mirror that is a portal in his father’s abandoned study.

In these books Funke mixes up all kinds of fairy tales. People go on quests and discover treasure. What intrigued me was that the protagonist discovered a Sleeping Beauty who had died sleeping in her castle. Nobody had managed to save her in time. She had lain in her perpetual sleep for hundreds of years while hundreds of potential saviours were killed. Perhaps the good fairy´s magic was sloppy?

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Behind the Scenes information on Sleeping Beauty

Discovering the last part of Sleeping Beauty I now understand why this fairy tale is popular in the Fairy Tale Dimension. The sleeping part is boring because it only offers little adventure. The fairies can bring some variety with all kinds of wishes: flying, dancing, magic. The really interesting play starts with the evil mother-in-law trying to eat her son´s family.

Death is not final in the Fairy Tale Dimension

To end your stay in the Fairy Tale Dimension you have to engage the Grim Reaper to escort you out. Inside of the dimension you can die as many times as you want only to reappear in an instant.

This explains why you will find people getting cooked in pots all the time reappearing instantly. You can picture this like wild hot tub parties. Giants even host big cooking events in swimming pool-sized pots.

In the Fairy Tale Dimension you can also jump a hundred times off a steep cliff and be smashed to bits and just stand up the next moment all healthy and restored ready for another round.

There is no pain

I have been cooked myself plenty of times while visiting the Fairy Tale Dimension with friends in dreams and we laughed our heads off while in the pots. We did not feel any pain. In our reality being cooked is cruel. In their reality it is not. This is why fairy tales often seem so cruel to us.

Flexibility

This makes people in the Fairy Tale Dimension very flexible. Something that we can profit from when we visit. There are not many rules scientific or otherwise and the use of magic enables even a bigger variety of outcomes of any fairy tale.

In Sleeping Beauty sometimes the evil stepmother gets to eat her prey and sometimes she is cooked herself.

The part of the evil stepmothers is a very popular character.

Wolves from Little Red Riding Hood like to play it as well as other animals, monsters, humans or trees.

Sleeping beauty is not always an innocent naïve creature.

I especially enjoy the Ninja version of Sleeping Beauty. She is a martial arts expert and enjoys fighting very much. The prince has to be her equal in battle to be accepted as a partner. Imagine the princess being woken up and doing Taekwondo moves! She can definitely take care of herself. This makes her a great adversary for her mother in law, too.

The children

Can play a very important role in the story and many young ones like to take part in the play rescuing their parents or plotting with their evil grandmother. There is an endless possibility of outcomes.

Were you aware of the evil mother-in-law ending of Sleeping Beauty and how do you like this end?

 

Links

Surla lune fairy tale blog has a very comprehensive list of books, which feature Sleeping Beauty. So many people tap into this fairy tale, it is amazing.

Images by Gypsy Thornton from Onceuponablog Sleeping Beauty Pinterest Board

 

Pictures: Open source by Wikipedia

© Inge Schumacher

 

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Behind the Scenes of King Arthur

1. Arthur Pendragon

was a legendary British leader, who led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. Arthur’s story is fascinating; full of folklore and literary invention. The historical evidence that he existed is so sparse that modern historians seriously doubt his existence.

Historical background

Britain was governed by the Roman Empire from 43 to 410 AD. The Romans ruled over almost all of England and Wales. After they left the situation got very unstable. This is why the Saxons were invited to assist in fighting the Picts and the Irish. These new arrivals started a series of wars that eventually led to the Saxon occupation of Britain in 600.

Everybody who is reading this has some picture of King Arthur in his head. If you want more details of the story, please consult the story of King Arthur in Wikipedia:

Although the themes, events and characters of the Arthurian legend vary, Geoffrey’s version of events often served as the starting point for later stories. Geoffrey depicted Arthur as a king of Britain who defeated the Saxons and established a vast empire. Many elements and incidents that are now an integral part of the Arthurian story appear in Geoffrey’s Historia, including Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon, the wizard Merlin, Arthur’s wife Guinevere, the sword Excalibur, Arthur’s conception at Tintagel, his battle against Mordred and final rest in Avalon.

The 12th-century French writer Chrétien de Troyes added Lancelot and the Holy Grail to the story. He began the genre of Arthurian romance that became a significant strand of medieval literature. In these French stories, the narrative focus often shifts from King Arthur himself to other characters, such as various Knights of the Round Table.

From the 12th to the early 19th century there was a break in King Arthur´s popularity.

Many books and stories exist about King Arthur and his reign. Tennyson started the revival with Idylls of the King. He reworked the narrative of Arthur’s life for the Victorian era. His book was published in 1859 and sold 10,000 copies within the first week: Arthur was depicted as a symbol of ideal manhood who ultimately failed, because of human weakness.

Tennyson’s works generated much interest in the legends of Arthur. It also invited a large number of imitators:

In the US Sidney Lanier’s The Boy´s King Arthur was very popular and an inspiration for Mark Twain´s satire: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur´s Court (1889).

Arthur´s story is still constantly reworked to fit modern times to include more equality and democracy. I enjoyed Marion Zimmer Bradley´s version: The mists of Avalon (1982) as a teenager.

There have been comic strips, films and plays. Some of you may know the Arthurian spoof Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).

Presently you can see on Netflix a series of a young Arthur called Merlin and a film called King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. In both magic has an important role. Arthur either fights outright against magic or uses it grudgingly and only in dire straits.

What all stories have in common

The battle is always good against bad. Arthur has to fight against evil magic and treason.

Wizards and their magic are not part of ordinary life in most Arthurian stories. They only exist on the fringe of society. This is because magic belongs in the Fairy Tale Dimension, of course.

2. Behind the scenes information on King Arthur

It is not relevant whether Arthur is a true historical figure or not. I know that he and his adventures are very real in the Fairy Tale Dimension:

Arthur and his knights live in a very elaborate fairy tale country that supports events and adventures in a setting that we would term the Dark Ages (476 – 800).

The landscape is divers

All kinds of terrain are negotiated in the adventures here. You can find high mountains, deep caves, lakes, rivers and the sea, islands, giant trees and dangerous bridges.

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Dwellings in King Arthur´s fairy tale

People live in castles and in villages. You can find more than one Camelot: Ranging from giant citadels with intricate artwork and fine masonry to crude castles surrounded by moats and sporting drawbridges. Some have a small town nearby and others stand solitary on the tip of a mountain.

Physical fighting

The people in this country fight against evil. There are swords and daggers, horses and dragons. A lot of energy is used to go on quests to obtain magic objects and slay evil monsters.

You don´t need much intellect for fighting so there are plenty of dumb brave knights.

Battle of the minds

But besides the physical fights there is also a battle of minds. In this fairy tale country  the pros and cons of magic are debated. Great speech-battles about its values and virtues are held that are highly popular. A lot of spectators attend these events.

There are also battles where riddles have to be solved: A kind of Fairy Tale Dimension Quiz Show. Prominent stars of these contests are very much in demand as advisors.

Dragons and other magic creatures

A multitude of magical creatures play on the good as well as on the evil side. Including cat-monsters, boars, griffins and giants. Anything you can imagine and much more.

Do you remember Flitz? In October 2017 I introduced the small dragon Flitz, who is part of the communication and postal service in the Fairy Tale Dimension and belongs to a group of secret agents who work as messengers on dangerous missions.

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Flitz´ Island of the Dragons

Flitz comes from a fairy tale country that supplies the FTD with fire spitting dragons. When a fairy tale country needs a dragon to watch over a treasure, to abduct virgins or as an adversary for brave knights they send an invitation and whoever wants the job leaves the island. Dragons can be wise consultants as well as ferocious fighters spitting fire that grills everybody in reach.

Society

Many different kinds of people live there. I have met a surprising number of children. This is astonishing because most people arrive in the Fairy Tale Dimension as adults. The GrImporter´s job is to let you in and as an adult it is easier to fit right in.

My explanation is that a lot of inhabitants of our dimension have been fascinated by the Arthurian tales in their childhood and therefore want to be able to experience this as a youngster. Popular roles for children are pages and servants. They have their eyes and ears everywhere and accompany adults on quests as shield bearers or squires. Of course  some stories are played exclusively by children.

Culture

People very much appreciate the diversity and many options the country offers. It is one of the most complex and intricate countries. Inhabitants can wallow in romance for example. There is much drinking, dancing and singing. Minnesingers offer their songs and sell magic poems that promise to induce love.

The inhabitants of the Fairy Tale Dimension don´t have a concept of going on holidays. But for the ones that are interested in visiting other fairy tale countries the country of King Arthur is on top of their list. There is so much to see and take part in.

The Arthurs

There are all kinds of Arthurs and because gender equality is not an issue, there are also female Arthurs, dwarf Arthurs and giant Arthurs and tree Arthurs.

Historically metal armour was only worn from the 10th century on. That is why King Arthur and his men wear mostly leather and wool outfits. There are some players though, who don´t care about historical correctness and wear metal armour anyway, just because it is cool.

Fighting dirty

People love to use all kinds of tricks to win. This is very much encouraged because it is the natural way in the Fairy Tale Dimension. The most cunning person will be the star everybody will tell tales about.

The Merlins

In the Arthurian legends Merlin is a symbol for magic. You can find a lot of wizards in this country taking part in the action.

Some of them attend the magic school that is hidden at a secret place. Because there are many possibilities to test what they have learned almost every magician likes to spend some time in this country to hone his skills. It is very good for their career to have this experience in their CVs.

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The sword Excalibur

Merlin is responsible for forging the magic sword Excalibur. It is the symbol of power and entitles the bearer to inherit the throne. In the legend Arthur proved his right to the British throne by pulling this sword from an anvil sitting atop a stone.

Besides a multitude of objects this sword is the most important magical object in the fairy tale country. There is one sword for each Arthur. The magician who is Merlin decides who is worthy of becoming the king.

So as an aspiring king or queen you better are on good terms with the magician in power and motivate him to make the magic of the sword available to you.

How do you like King Arthur´s country?

It sounds like a great way to spend time there to make up new versions of Arthur´s story. What is your favourite role? I want to be a dragon and a magician.

Whether you like adventures and fighting or are into magic and strategy. There is something for everybody.

 

Background Information:

Pictures: Pixabay

© Inge Schumacher

The Harry Potter Dimension

In June 1997 the world was introduced to Harry Potter. The British author J.K. Rowling published her first book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first of a series of 7 books that are set in the Harry Potter Dimension. This dimension is very similar to ours. The big difference is that some people there are wizards and are capable of performing magic.

This results in a division of society

The two parts of humanity live very separate lives: The wizards try to keep their existence as secret as possible. They have their own government, newspapers, postal system, fashion, sports and means of transportation.

Both groups are intertwined nonetheless because sometimes magically gifted children are born to non-magical parents (Muggles), like Harry´s friend Hermione Granger, and some magical parents produce non-magical children. So Muggles and wizards have the same origins. One side can hardly understand the other though and this is why many prejudices exist on both sides.

Both cultures have differences in status

There are poor people like Harry and his friend Ron Weasley and there are rich ones like the Malfoy family, who deem themselves to be better. On both sides there are good and bad, tolerant and intolerant people. The Muggle aunt and uncle who grudgingly raise Harry are a very bad stepfamily who try to keep him from his magic heritage and harm him as much as they can.

There is a lot of information about the Harry Potter Dimension

This is the world´s bestselling fantasy series. 500 million copies have been sold worldwide, translated into 80 languages. People could not wait to read the next sequel, just like me. I was so glad that I did not have to wait for the translation into German and thus could read the books months earlier.

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Harry and his friends fight against the evil Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who wants to become immortal and be the dictator over both wizards and Muggles. The series concludes with Harry finally winning thus saving the world.

This series made the Harry Potter dimension almost as popular as the Fairy Tale Dimension. The word Muggle has even made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary!

Most people are not aware that these constructs of human fantasy are actually reality – just somewhere else – and that the authors have successfully tapped into them for us to enjoy.

Similarities to our dimension

Harry Potter´s world shares our geography. Great Britain and other countries exist and the continents seem to be much the same.

We tend to separate ourselves from people who are different

There is a deeply ingrained fear of people who are different from us whether they look different, have a different religion or sexual orientation. This is because of our fight or flight inheritance where everything that is different could potentially be deadly.

Society in the Harry Potter Dimension reminds me of a very strict Apartheid system. In the US the president stands for people who like to separate themselves from Blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

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In Germany you can see this, too. Many refugees with different skin colour came into the country lately overwhelming part of the population. People react with resistance because it is clear that Germany will never be the same. This is why I work with refugees.

We are fascinated by magic

Magic does not work in our dimension, but we are fascinated by it. For some people it  sounds like magic that we can create our own reality: We are getting more conscious of our energies and the way we use our thoughts and actions to materialise what we want to have in our lives.

Similarities to the Fairy Tale Dimension

I just read The Tales of Beedle the Bard – by J.K. Rowling. In this book she compares our (Muggle) fairy tales to Wizard fairy tales. It seems that both dimensions have a strong connection to the Fairy Tale Dimension. Their fairy tales are also also played there.

In our fairy tales the heroes often have to overcome magic of an adversary – like the poisoned apple in Snow White for example.

In the fairy tales of the Harry Potter Dimension the heroes are capable of doing magic themselves and encounter severe problems because Magic seems to cause as many problems as it cures. It can make life complicated. Here an example:

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The tale of The Wizard and the Hopping Pod:

A wizard inherits a cauldron from his father but he has no intention to follow in his footsteps and generously cure the Muggles in his village who come to him for help. He soon discovers why his father was so helpful: When he turns away the first help-seekers the cauldron starts to hop after him clanging loudly displaying the symptoms of all the people in need around him making sleep impossible. Finally the son has to give in and he helps everybody so that the cauldron is quiet and he can finally get some rest.

Magic by wand in the Harry Potter Dimension

In the Harry Potter Dimension wizards are all but helpless without their wands. Wands are made out of different kinds of wood and are said to have different properties. It is a very important to find one fitting well to each wizard´s style. Ron Weasley has to bear the consequences of having to use a broken hand-me-down wand that produces faulty results all the time.

A wand says something about the wizard who owns it and some are even thought to be socially incompatible: “When his wand is oak and hers is holly, then to marry would be folly”. (The Tales of Beedle the Bard, page 118)

The wands are usually buried with their user when they die because people believe that they are capable of learning and would possibly become powerful and therefore dangerous when learning magic from generations of wizards. Imagine that!

Wands have to be used with spells. Without the right spell a wand cannot do much.  All this complicates doing magic and to not cause any harm to yourself and to others you need to have a thorough education in magic in an institution like Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Magic in the Fairy Tale Dimension

In the Fairy Tale Dimension everybody has basic magic abilities. It is normal just like breathing. People don´t have to think about coming back to life when their play has been too fierce again. They don´t need wands for their magic. Not everybody is interested in becoming a wizard of course. For those who are gifted there are hidden schools that are well secured like the school of my friend the tree teacher. Students learn spells and the fabrication of magic objects there.

Death is final

Contrary to the Fairy Tale Dimension death in the Harry Potter Dimension is final, just like in our dimension. Some wizards have tried to overcome this with Dark Magic only to produce terrible monsters, the Inferi.

The postal system 

in the Fairy Tale Dimension is very diverse as I wrote in this article. Post by owl is also known and many other means.

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Hedwig, Harry´s white owl, delivers his mail. She is able to transport even parcels as big as the famous broom Nimbus 2000 Harry received when he joined the Quidditch team.

Did you know people play a form of Quidditch in our dimension, too? Take a look here.

Means of transportation

Wizards in the Harry Potter Dimension cannot fly like birds. Brooms are one possible means of transportation. We have witnessed Harry flying in a car to Hogwarts in the second book.

Another means of transportation is Apparition which teleports you immediately from one place to another. Only very accomplished wizards manage this. And there is the Floo Network that lets you travel from fireplace to fireplace that is one of the main modes of transportation.

In the Fairy Tale Dimension there are secret passageways for the ring bearer and her shadows throughout the dimension. I also own a pair of flying shoes like the Greek messenger god Hermes. You can find more information on transportation methods in the FTD here.

Invisibility cloaks

They exist in both dimensions although they are rare. Harry inherited one from his father enabling him to move about unseen. I have one in the Fairy Tale Dimension. It is one of the perks of being the ring bearer. Sneaking around is one of the favourite pastimes of many Fairy Tale Dimension inhabitants.

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Books

The book of monsters Harry consults in the library at Hogwarts is similar to the talking books in the libraries I adore so much in the Fairy Tale Dimension.

The Fairy Tale Dimension has become part of my life

I like to visit the Harry Potter Dimension. It is fun. But my favourite dimension besides the one we live in is the Fairy Tale Dimension.

I encounter beings from the Fairy Tale Dimension more often now that I am more aware of them:

The other day I was in a restaurant alone and when I left three waiters fell practically over each other telling me good-bye and giving me big toothy smiles. I greeted them back and immediately thought: They behave as if I was a celebrity, they must be from the Fairy Tale Dimension!

What other dimensions do you want to visit?

We all visit other dimensions without being aware of it; mostly in dreams. This week we start a dream group headed by my friend Harry Bosma where we visit other dimensions in dreams. It is always very surprising and fun what comes up in these group dream events. Check out his website. Here is an article about the Waterfall Dimension and Dreaming about a previous dream group.

 

Links

Books

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher´s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowlings

Pictures: Pixabay and private

© Inge Schumacher

 

The Jonah Whale in the Fairy Tale Dimension

Whales are fascinating creatures. I did some exploring both here and the fairy tale dimension and introduce the Jonah Whale in this article.

This article features the roles of whales in this dimension and the species of the Jonah Whale in the Fairy Tale Dimension. When I was a kid I had a book with bible stories that I liked a lot. One of the stories that fascinated me most was the story of Jonah and the whale.

The bible story of Jonah and the Whale

God sends Jonah to the city of Niniveh to get them to change their sinful ways. Since Jonah is not stupid and knows that the life of a messenger with bad tidings is in mortal danger he refuses and flees. He goes to Jaffa where he catches a boat that sails to Tarshish.

Because God is not amused with his behaviour he sends a heavy storm that threatens to capsize the ship. The sailors get anxious and ask themselves why this is happening. Jonah admits that he is probably to blame because he did not abide God´s wishes. He offers them to go overboard to save the ship because he knows the storm will cease then. At first the sailors refuse but when the storm gets worse they are forced to throw Jonah overboard to save their lives. As soon as Jonah is off the ship the storm calms down.

Jonah does not drown however. A big fish appears and swallows him. He spends 3 days and three nights in its belly. There he repents and promises God to do as he bade him and go to Niniveh as soon as he is saved. Miraculously the fish spits him out near his destination.

He musters all his courage goes into the city and tells the king and the city´s inhabitants that they are doomed should they not repent and change their ways in the next 40 days. Astonishingly the people believe him and let him live. Everybody puts on sackcloth, fasts and repents. God sees this change in their ways and spares the city from destruction – this time.

What a story! Jonah experiences a lot of action as a very reluctant messenger.

Jonah is forced to do a job nobody in his right mind would volunteer for. He runs away – but who can run away from God? God finds an original way to persuade Jonah to do the job in spite of himself. He obviously thinks he is the right person for this.

Scientists today mostly believe that the story is fictional but interestingly it exists not only in Christianity, but also in Judaism and Islam. This Wikipedia article gives a good overview.

The bible calls the sea-creature a big fish but sometimes it is also called a whale. What they both have in common is that they are huge. The biggest mammal on earth is the blue whale with a length of up to 30 m.

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Jonah´s story is not the only one where people are swallowed by a big fish. I remember that in the Italian Fairy Tale Pinocchio , the wooden puppet, meets his father Geppetto in the stomach of a fish where he has been living for some time.

There probably are more stories where people get swallowed by a whale that I am not aware of. Do you know any other stories? Please share!

 Whales are often seen as spirit animals

Some people believe that inside the whale there lives a beautiful woman, the soul of the whale, who is the keeper of old knowledge. The following characteristics are attributed to whales:

  • Keepers of history and wisdom
  • Show the importance of family and community
  • Emotional rebirth
  • Peacefulness
  • Strength
  • Communication

Throughout human history there have been many myths and stories about whales:

  • The whale is said to have a connection between this world and Atlantis, which is another dimension
  • Arctic people believe the whale to have a cunning side
  • In Slavic cultures the whale was seen as the pillar of the universe
  • In ancient China the oceans was believed to be ruled by Yu-kiang, a giant fish that was a thousand meters long and had human hands and feet
  • In East Africa there exists a fairy tale of a king named Sulemani who tries to feed the world and sees that he cannot manage this alone when faced with the appetite of many hungry whales
  • In Vietnam whales are regarded as sacred beings that bring luck, safety and prosperity
  • Inuit have a history of talking to whales
  • Today the whale is often used as a symbol for globalisation and the unity of the world

A whale in the night sky

The star constellation featuring a whale is called Cetus. It is one of the four biggest constellations and includes the star Tau Ceti and a big galaxy called M77. The word Cetus comes from the Greek word ketos and means large fish, shark or sea monster. The English word Cetaceans for whales is derived from it.

My own experience with whales

2012 I stayed for a week in Westiceland where a pod of Orcas came feeding close to the shore at night. We sat for hours at the beach in the midnight sun mesmerised watching these fascinating creatures. A little one swam right up to the shore and looked in my eyes. I will never forget this!

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Back home I read up on whales and found that some Bowhead whales, filter feeders like the blue whales, can get up to 200 years old making them some of the oldest beings on earth. Some people say that these creatures could be the living archives of their families. Recording deaths, births and where the best feeding grounds are, ensuring the continuity of culture.

I am quite fascinated by these animals and I am not alone. They have a big draw. Whale watching is very popular but sadly some countries still insist on killing these fascinating creatures.

Behind the scenes info on the Jonah Whale in the Fairy Tale Dimension

I did some research in the Fairy Tale Dimension as the ring bearer and found that there are creatures similar to whales that transport people and cargo.

I call this species the Jonah Whale because I like to picture Jonah travelling in one of them. I don´t know whether to call them fish, whales or water dragons.

Jonah Whales come in all shapes and sizes and can get up to 100 meters long. When you translate this into a submarine these beings are able to transport quite a number of passengers.

The Jonah Whales are sentient intelligent beings like us. They enter the Fairy Tale Dimension like everybody else with the help of the GrImporter.

They have hollow parts in their bodies like caves where passengers can stay while being ferried from one part of the Fairy Tale Dimension to another over oceans, lakes or big rivers.

Being part of the Fairy Tale Dimension with its very special sense of humour you can bet there can be any number of surprises when you choose this means of transportation!

You enter through the huge mouth and it is quite scary to walk along the rows of large teeth and on the huge tongue.

Being spit out is one of the nice ways of disembarking. Sometimes the whales choose to treat their passengers as bodily waste – I leave you to picture that – or shoot them out of their blowhole. Since you are quite indestructible in the Fairy Tale Dimension – it does not matter when you get hurt and disembarking is just another way of being playful.

Playing with Jonah Whales

There seem to be endless opportunities at being playful with these creatures. They have a multitude of  contests.

  1.  They love to race each other or compare who can carry more passengers or cargo.
  2. I have this picture in my mind of many people squeezing into them. You can see the outward shape of the Jonah Whales bulging because of this. Imagine the creature sneezing then: People are spewed outwards in all directions!
  3. They also like to compete at who can jump highest or dive lowest retrieving objects from the deep-sea.
  4. Have you ever wanted to be a live cannonball? You can volunteer taking part in a contest where whales see who can propel his passengers furthest.
  5. There also is a game where people are bounced from one creature to the next. You lose when you fall into the water. The one who stays out of it the longest wins.

What fascinates you about whales and what would you like to play with the Jonah Whale? Please share in the comments!

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Equal Rights for Elves!

Here is your chance to first hand information on how elves see us and our world. Enjoy!

Today I want to introduce you to Addi. Addi is an elf and lives both on Kopavogur Álfahóll near Reykjavík in Iceland and in an elf dimension. He is so happy that he can share his views in this blog-article.

“Hey, my name is Addi and I belong to what you call Huldufólk. Finally I get the chance to speak to you. Thank you Inge for giving me a voice here!

We demand equal rights for elves!

We don´t understand why you trampling humans keep on moving big chunks of earth around to create flat and angular surfaces that are very unnatural and simply hideous. You level our homes and fill our beautiful ponds! Are you aware of the damage you do and how much energy it takes to stop your machines? We are not happy even if we do have fun playing with your equipment.

(There are lots of stories of construction machines having sudden unexplainable failures in the vicinity of elf dwellings.)

It would be great if you could stop the box building nonsense and show a little more respect for our places and homes. We need to be equally seen and talked to!

It is not difficult to speak with us, it is just different from what you are used to. You only have to widen your awareness a bit to be able to communicate with us. Your eyes are perfectly fine and you only need to alter the way you engage your adult brains a little.

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Open your eyes and ears

Most children can see us. It is a shame that a lot of grown-ups have forgotten how to perceive us.

Why would anybody want to limit himself so severely and cut himself off from such a big part of their reality?

There are some of you who do make an effort. But they are not taken seriously and laughed at even though they could teach you something. I dare you to be a little more open-minded and I assure you it does not hurt at all. It might even open your mind for new possibilities.

Multiple dimensions intersect in Iceland and the veils between them are very thin. This enables us to live in more than one place. Sadly you do not recognise how much work we put into that.

I don´t understand why grown people are scared and run away when they do see us. We are no danger to anyone. I assure you that this is going to happen more often now.  The veils between the dimensions are thinning and we are working on making it easier for you to notice us.

Remember your playfulness

You need not be afraid; we love to play and creat fun things. Something many of you seem to have forgotten. This is such a shame. What else do you believe your life is there for?

We love Iceland as many of you do: People yearn for the clear crisp air and open landscape. They cannot pinpoint it but they feel drawn to the promise of new possibilities and adventures because they can connect with a part of themselves that they seem to have long forgotten.

But you can meet us everywhere should you want to connect with us. You can find us in your favourite places in nature, for example. Just sit down and connect with us in consciousness, we will listen to you. Wouldn´t this be fun?

We can offer you another way of seeing the world: Through the eyes of us elves. Together we could figure out ways to express equal rights for everything that is. We can show you ways to help heal your earth, which is in desperate need of help. We are all part of the bigger picture and we can all contribute.

Wake up!

Lets start to really get to know each other! Give equal rights to everything that is around you and we will all flourish!”

Thank you Addi for your open words.

It has become normal for me to have elves zipping around my home and garden. They simply are part of our lives. But okay, I am a key figure in the Fairy Tale Dimension after all.

Dear reader: Where is the place you can best connect with elves?

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Ég hlakka til þess að heimsækja undurfagra Ísland aftur.

(Translation: I am looking forward to visiting beautiful Iceland again.)

 

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The Big Picture and Big Changes

The readers in my facebook group gave me big questions to ponder for this blog-article.

Thomas wants to know more about the big picture. He says that the Fairy Tale Dimension and our dimension are part of something much larger.

I don´t claim to know the truth about what makes the universe tick and what the big picture looks like. Nobody who is living here can know for sure. Everybody has to come to his or her own conclusions.

A. My personal view on the big picture

Our dimension, our universe is vast and still expanding. Physicists say that it consists of 80% of dark matter that we know hardly anything about. And our universe is only a small part of all that I believe is out there.

In my opinion consciousness creates everything we can see and much more that we can´t see. This consciousness exists in a realm outside of ours and we are part of it. Countless people have written and thought about this over the ages.

There are thousands of books out there with views about the big picture. I call the invisible  part of our consciousness higher self or essence. Other people do too; like the German Kurt Tepperwein and Louise Hay or Eckhart Tolle and Joe Dispenza. There are also many channelers who are contributing their share.

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The Inge that is writing this blog is only one focus of attention of one such part of consciousness. This means that I have a physical body but I am much more than this visible part. I am part of all of consciousness and so are you.

Dimensions are for experiencing and exploring the physical

Consciousness has created a myriad of dimensions to explore. Touch, feeling, smell, taste, sound and emotions do not exist in pure consciousness. We need a physical body to have access to these experiences. When we leave this world we take back what we have learned.

We are part of a captivating movie

Our life is like a TV-show that we turn on and that is so captivating that we forget everything around us. We get sucked into the movie. Why? We are really getting into the experience of being physical when we forget where we come from and are unaware of the bigger picture.

The shift in consciousness

Because of the shift in consciousness we are getting more aware while in the movie. We are starting to realise that we are so much more than this one person. We can sense that there is a lot more to explore outside of our self.

Different types of dimensions

I compare types of dimensions with different tablet or smartphone games. There are thousands of them: Jump ´n Run games, Match three games, Slot games…

1. Intricate detailed dimensions featuring emotions

We belong to this category and the Fairy Tale Dimension does, too: Intricately, elaborately made dimensions where emotions play a big role. You can experience a lot there and never get bored.

Which other dimensions belong in this category? Both Atlantis Dimensions, the Unicorn dimension and a vast number of elf and fairy dimensions.

2. Inbetween and transit dimensions

These dimensions are gateways between the physical and the non-physical realms and between different dimensions.

An example of this type of dimension is the Waterfall Dimension. You can read more about it here.

Another in between dimension is the tiny Contemplative Dimension for healing that I have helped to build.

3. Liquid and gaseous dimensions

You can visit other dimensions by projecting, dreaming or by reconfiguring your energy. I have visited a liquid dimension and it was not a pleasant experience. It felt very alien to have a body whose boundaries are not fixed and constantly fluctuating in an also constantly flowing environment.

4. Fiction is real

Other dimensions or realities are opened up to us by fiction. Every story that was every written as a book or film is real somewhere. Just like the fairy tales are real in the Fairy Tale Dimension.

Writers tap into other realities when creating their stories. They often say that at a certain point their protagonists start to have a life of their own and do things the author has not expected them to do.

As a science fiction fan I have probably visited the Star Trek Dimension more than once in my dreams. I also love the movie Avatar. Many people are captivated by the freedom and connection to the environment that is shown there. The planet actually exists in our dimension.

There are many more types of dimensions. Everything we can think of and much more does exist somewhere.

Why is our dimension so popular?

Our dimension is very interesting. We experience strong emotions here because we live in the duality of good and bad, of black and white, of love and hate.

My intuition tells me that I have more than 3,000 lives in this dimension spread out over time. A lot of experiences can be accumulated that way. This explains why I have lives that are easy, where I am healthy and happy and other lives that are suffused with suffering. At this moment in time earth has so many inhabitants because things are getting really interesting during the shift.

 

B. Big changes on earth and in the Fairy Tale Dimension

Peter wants to know what kind of impact the big changes we experience here have on the Fairy Tale Dimension. He means climate change, globalisation, radicalism, terror and war.

There is no direct impact on the Fairy Tale Dimension. It would be very disturbing. If you want to have first hand experience in this dimension you send a focus of attention here.

But there are profound changes going on in both dimensions and nobody knows exactly where they are leading.

1. Changes in the Fairy Tale Dimension

The Fairy Tale Dimension just went through a frequency change that is comparable to our shift because it affects everything. This frequency change was delayed and this caused trauma for the very first time in the Fairy Tale Dimension. They were not acquainted with suffering before because they normally snap out of hurt, pain and death instantly.

This frequency change was not delayed by chance. The inhabitants of the Fairy Tale Dimension wanted to get a feeling for trauma and what we are going through because of the close connection we have.

They are also starting a new chapter. They don´t know what they will be creating after the frequency change any more than we do.

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2. Changes here

Everything that is happening here on earth at the moment has to do with the shift in consciousness. This dimension has decided to evolve and become more aware of the bigger picture.

The climate change is a direct consequence of humanity having upset the earth´s ecosystem. Now it is searching for a new equilibrium and it will find one with or without us.

The globalisation we experience, through the Internet for example, illustrates our interconnectedness. Secrets are not secrets anymore and information is spread very fast by whistle blowers and the media. When there is trauma because of climate change, war and terror somewhere on the planet, everybody is affected. Because of the shift we are becoming more aware of this interconnectedness.

The changes are unsettling

Changes are coming fast now and we can´t see where they are going to lead us. People try to hold on to structures that are crumbling. This causes angst, fear and anxiety and explains the terrorism, radicalism and war we see today.

Too many moving parts

Not only people, but also companies struggle with these changes. An important buzzword in the business environment at the moment is VUCA. This is an acronym for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. In other words there are too many moving parts: Companies have to learn how to handle massive unknown changes. They are trying to become more agile to be able to meet unknown challenges better.

There will be more changes

The shift has started in 2000 and will continue until 2070. Many of our main structures and the roles of big authorities will change during this time. At the moment many governments are creating problems and banks are failing. The current US president is an excellent example of this. I cannot take him seriously at all. The traditional authority of the office of the American president is gone.

 

Good news: We are also changing

I am not afraid of the changes that we are experiencing. Why? In my daily life, in business and in volunteering I meet many people who are aware of our interconnectedness and the bigger picture. Many of these people are working toward lessening the trauma caused by the changes that are going on. I call them shifty people.

What do I do when I feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty?

When I am feeling overwhelmed because of the changes I try to stay in the now, appreciate myself as much as possible and continue to live true to my values. This creates soothing energies and is also helpful for others.

Are we in for a bumpy ride?

Yes! But there is no reason to panic; we have all the instruments we need to make it through this. I talk about this in a live video in the Fairy Tale Dimension facebook group.

 

Thank you my readers!

I enjoy the exchange with you very much. It challenges me to delve deeper into subjects. Keep the questions coming. Thank you so much!

 

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Behind the Scenes Information on the Ring Bearer

A dear reader of mine asked me whether the ring bearers in our dimension were aware of their role and she wanted more information about the connection of the dimensions and the rings.

What is a blueprint of a dimension?

A blueprint is a guide for constructing something and dimensions are built according to such instructions. In our dimension the laws of physics are the basis. Magic is the driving force of the Fairy Tale Dimension. An apple in our dimension will always fall to the ground because of the law of gravity. In the Fairy Tale Dimension it depends on the kind of apple and the spells that are used whether it falls to the ground or flies around. The roles of the ring bearers are built into both blueprints.

IMG_20180831_074030Were the ring bearers on earth aware of their role?

All ring bearers got aware of their role eventually. The conditions of becoming the ring bearer here are being open for the other dimension and being a healer.

I found out early when the three emissaries brought the energy of the ring to this dimension. I sensed that something was unusual when they were watching me. You can read more about this here.  I was aware of the existence of the Fairy Tale Dimension before that, which made it easier.

I was wondering whether there was an inheritance to be found from one of the ring bearers of our dimension. Sadly this is unlikely since the last ring bearer here lived about 700 years ago. The last ring bearer from the Fairy Tale Dimension died about 250 years ago – he lived for about 300 of our years.

I think there was such a large gap, because we were not open enough. Since the start of the shift in consciousness in 2000 the veils of separation between different dimensions are getting thinner. This is why people are becoming much more open for the vast possibilities of consciousness.

What is the job of the ring bearer coming from the Fairy tale Dimension?

Ring bearers stay in their own dimension most of the time. In the Fairy Tale Dimension they are chosen because they show the potential to be exceptional magicians and experts in energy manipulation.

Their job is to bring soothing and healing energy to our dimension.

They come here mostly in their dreams and in projections. They rarely contact individuals or create bodies. Remember, our universe is very large and keeps expanding! In former times they probably have connected with shamans and other open-minded people and were perceived as healing ghosts or gods.

The ring bearers of this dimension

have the job to facilitate the growth and development of the Fairy Tale Dimension. They have healing abilities and live a normal life, just like me. I am a human being like everybody else with all the normal faults and daily problems. What I needed to be selected as a ring bearer was the openness for the other dimension and the potential to be a healer. I have started to discover my healing abilities quite late in life; in my early forties. You can read more about this here.

I do energy-healing and mostly work one on one with my clients in my healing practise. What I enjoy most is helping people to help themselves and this trait is fitting very well to my role in the Fairy Tale Dimension.

I can´t heal our dimension like a ring bearer from the Fairy Tale Dimension could. But I am part of a group that tries to soothe the turbulent energies currently expressed on our planet to minimize trauma. Everybody can do this and this group has nothing to do with my ring bearer job.

In the Fairy Tale Dimension the ring bearer is one of the key players and a celebrity.

This is due to the way the dimension works: Magic is the driving force there and people love to show off their magic abilities.

Just like people here drive a sports car to be admired. Since the runes on the ring of the ring bearer have the most powerful magic of the whole dimension the status comes with the job. You can read more about this in the Home of the ring bearer.

The ring here

The ring in our dimension is a more or less a random object. It looks different for each ring bearer. I see it more as a symbol, the key to the Fairy Tale Dimension. As soon as every rune is mastered the ring is even less important because then the ring bearer has assimilated its energies and can work with them as needed.

When I found out that I was the designated ring bearer and that some kind of ring was to be coming my way I remembered: Years ago my late mother-in-law had given me a ring with a fire opal surrounded by rhinestones that she had inherited. She said to me: “I think this is for you”. When I touched the ring I felt some kind of healing energy emanating from it and I told her: “You are right, this is a ring I can use for healing.” I had no idea that it was the key to something much bigger.

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The ring in the Fairy Tale Dimension

In the Fairy Tale Dimension the ring is not just a symbol. It is a powerful tool and one of the insignias of the office. I always wear it when I am there. The other three are: a pair of boots, a cape and a fibula. You can read more about them here.

The ring is built like a small round tower with three layers. Each layer has three runes on it.

  1. The first layer enables me to access the special places in the Fairy Tale Dimension reserved for the key players. It gives me access to my home, establishes the connection to the brotherhood of the shadows and introduces me to the first steps of ring bearer magic.
  2. The runes in the second layer have deep roots in the blueprint and make it easy to create all kinds of things. I don´t really understand how they work. The concept of magic is still somewhat alien to me.
  3. The third layer is what is needed to complete a frequency change. Only the last rune represents the living blueprint. The first two runes are for practise and boy did I need that and the help of the magicians who kept everybody safe while I got acquainted with the powers of those runes. One thing is the same in our two dimensions: It does take practise to master an art or a craft.

Now I can access the third rune as long as I am ready. I am not able to do the frequency change anytime, since I am still working on accepting myself totally. Only when I have achieved this I can activate the third rune safely. Since I am a normal human working on developing my personality – one of my life´s goals is to be wise one day – this is a work in progress.

Is there a connection between our shift and the vibrational change in the Fairy Tale Dimension?

In the Fairy Tale Dimension evolution is only possible through the frequency change initiated by the ring bearer. After such a change the system has shifted into a higher gear opening up new avenues of evolution of magic. This is totally different from the freedom of development our blueprint provides.

Our dimension has decided to implement a shift in consciousness years ago. This shift is restricted to our dimension. To make things a bit more complicated: I am not even sure whether every one of the billions of parallel realities in our dimension has implemented this shift.

Fairy tale fans from all over our earth have contact with the dimension when they read, tell and write stories, or visit in dreams. It does not matter whether they are aware of this connection or not.

The two dimensions have a close connection. I picture this connection as a loose chain between two big boats. They are separate but share the some waters. The job of the ring bearer who alternates between both is only one proof of this close connection.

How can our connection to the Fairy Tale Dimension help us in our shift?

What I have learned from the fairy tale dimension is the use of a generous dose of humour that enriches my life considerably. It feels now as if I have a bit from the Fairy Tale Dimension with me wherever I am.

Humour helps me to stay more in the present

During the last months I have started to look for absurd angles in everyday occurrences. This way I can better see myself getting all upset about something from a distance and with humour. This makes it much easier for me to be more present. This is important because by staying in the now I have the chance to actively shape my reality the way I want to. Because of this I can feel a growing ease in my everyday life, which I am very thankful for.

 

I did a facebook live video in my facebook group The Fairy Tale Dimension on this .

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