This is the seventh mystery reading in the Green Man series – brief texts that illuminate aspects of masculinity through nature while exploring the major masculine archetypes. It’s a different kind of mystery reading, because it’s the narration of a dream:
In the dream, the old man spoke to me of love, and of freedom. He was a wizard of full white beard, and at the same time he was a golden, strapping youth, cloaked in the sun. He said:
“My mind is free, because each day I can choose to learn and to grow in love.
My heart is free, for I love across genders and numbers.
My body is free, because I seek the ways to keep it uncovered.
My spirit is free to roam among cultures and scriptures without confinement to one.”
After he told me this, he handed me his staff even as he disappeared inside of it.
The old man, the young man, the staff, the dream, and I, are all one.