In Part I, we began exploring the turning of the Wheel of Fortune. We moved past the idea of chaos, chance, and fate and introduced the idea of perfection. The Wheel of Fortune and the World imply continuous turning: the unending flow of time. A journey does not solely cover distance, but also time.
Consider, for a moment, the notion that both time and space are illusions. In this view, we live in a virtual reality akin to The Matrix. If we don’t ever go anywhere, why take the journey at all?
The Wheel of Fortune is not typically depicted as an actual wheel. It spins in place. In this next interpretation, we compare it to another device, which turns without going anywhere. As a movie reel rolls, its film unravels.
In Scribe to the Pantheon of Rome, my protagonist learns that the purpose of life is to create and the purpose of life is to experience. We live in a shared fabrication called reality. It is made up. We not only experience our own creations, but also those that came before us. In other words, our ancestors rolled up film, which we now experience. Part of our purpose is to unravel the pieces that no longer serve us while simultaneously rolling up new versions that please us. As with a reel-to-reel projector, one reel of film unravels, feeds through the projector (our experience of now), and then a second reel rolls film up, which is our newest version (vision, theory, and belief) of reality.
Doesn’t growing up entail unlearning the limiting beliefs we were taught as kids and replacing them with new expanded ones of our own making?
In a linear experience of time, each moment grows out of the (sum total of) preceding moments. Everything before leads us to this. But what if we’re going in the wrong direction? Will we roll up another illusion that does not serve us well?
In my mind, this exemplifies life in the 2010s. We study the Law of Attraction in order to learn conscious deliberate creation, yet simultaneously worry that we’re doing it wrong. Is it possible to get it wrong? What does the Perfection of the Universe say about that?
Ask and you shall receive. The wheel turns and raises up another notch. If there is Perfection in the Universe, then everything serves us…the good and the not-so-good. But how?
First, consider that in all versions of the Wheel of Fortune, we turn; we travel in a circle. Even the center of the wheel rotates. If we’re following the film on a reel, we approach the center via a spiral. What if the circular motion is the point? As I mentioned earlier, the source and destination are the same, so it must be the journey that matters. The journey changes us; it transforms us.
I came to this next insight when writing in my journal, essentially channeling guidance from Source:
…This is what the Wheel of Fortune is really about. All illusion folds back on itself, eventually proving that a false concept is illusory. That is why you can never get lost indefinitely. Every limiting (and thus untrue) concept you believe in will experientially take you back to ultimate truth and reality.
The most basic example of this is death. We believe death is real. Everyone dies eventually; we’ve never seen anyone avoid it indefinitely; and we cannot see beyond it. The truth is, although we may appear to die (from the outside), we will not experience death (on the inside). At the moment of our death, we will instantaneously realize that death is an illusion. Me telling you this, of course, proves nothing; only you experiencing it will.
This version of the Wheel of Fortune describes the Perfection of the Universe. It tells us that every path, every choice, every action, every thought and feeling moves us toward where we want to be, even if circuitously. We cannot go in a wrong direction because every direction still takes us there! Isn’t that nice to know? It is like standing at the south pole where every direction is north.
Creating and experiencing is journeying. It is why we are here. And the only way to improve creating is to experience our creations. When we experience something we do not like, we long for something different…and embark a journey toward it.
In this view, however, there is still travel to be made. There is still time and distance implied. In my mind, there has to be an even higher perspective, one that at least hints to the fact that all of our power is here and now. It is interesting to note that while we can think about other times and places, we can only be here now. Now has to be where everything is! It has to be enough. And that’s when I found this next gem. We still have a cycle—a turning of the wheel—but this journey needn’t take much time to traverse and does not require going anywhere.
Consider the following:
Your greatest desire is to feel good. Every other desire you have is simply a device you believe will make you feel good.
Feeling good is something you can have right here, right now. It may require focus, but it is never unavailable to you.
Feeling good facilitates the attaining of all other desires.
If you think about number one, you will realize it is accurate. If you experiment with number two, you will experience it more and more. It may take you a while to accept number three.
As with the Hero’s Journey, the source and destination are the same. Furthermore, feeling good does not end the journey; it does not prevent desire. Feeling good inspires traveling further because there are abundant ways to feel good. Further still, no level of good eliminates better, at least theoretically.
If you practice this cycle and travel the ring a few times, you’ll discover that it is about as pleasant a journey as you can take. Feel good for the sake of feeling good, then notice how easy feeling good becomes.
The Fool’s Journey is illustrated by the Major Arcana of the Tarot. It starts with the Magician (card I) and ends with the World (card XXI). The Fool (card 0) is simultaneously the beginning and the end of the journey. In basic Numerology, the journey is from one to nine. In reaching ten, we reduce back to one. Essentially, this tells us that the completion of every journey leads to the next journey. It is no surprise that the Wheel of Fortune is number X. It represents the endless turning one journey to the next.
Presence is key because we can only be here now. Journeying is also key because we cannot stop the movement of time. If we stay the course, we’ll soon discover the Wheel of Fortunes, fortunes in this case meaning riches.
I recently changed the tag line for my business from Journey with more Joy to Journeying with more Joy. Those three letters make such a difference. Thanks for traveling with me.
This is the second and final part of this mini-series. See part 1 here.
About the author
His first novel, Journey to the Temple of Ra, can be found here
His second novel, Scribe to the Pantheon of Rome, can be found here
Visit David’s website and blog: A Fool’s Inclination