Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: When the Soul is in the Driver’s Seat

In these days of uncertainty and rapid change, it can feel like we are on a wild ride.  If you remember the Disneyland ride of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride from your childhood, it brings a smile as you warmly reflect on all the high-pitched screams in the darkness as the 1990s motorcar crashed through a wall into the library where MacBadger  is on a ladder with books teetering over your head while you crashed through the fireplace with ashes and sparks of fire flying all around.  (For those who want to remember the good old times, the rest of the ride is described in Wikipedia.)

As a child, I loved this ride.  As soon as I got off the motorcar, I ran to the back of the waiting line.  The ride scared me and I loved it.  It was a way for all of us to test how we could integrate into our developing minds scary events that we knew existed in our world.   Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was a safe way to learn about handling fear as a child.

Riding in Mr. Toad’s car was beneficial because we  slowly learned that none of it could hurt us.  Somehow the books never hit us, the fire was harmless, the train with its bright light zeroing in on us never hit us. Then we could just scream for the pure pleasure of screaming.  We knew we were safe.

The ride also has teachings for us as an adult moving through this world as it is now.  If our ego….that energetic place of resistance within us to the realization of who we truly are………is driving our car then we are going to fuse with the emotions of anger, fear, and a need to control the external world and the our inner world.  That is all the ego knows.  It’s job is to protect us and it is endlessly trying to accomplish that feat.  To do so, we tend to fall into our stories and languish there.

If we notice when we are judging ourselves and/or another, living in the past or future, we can gently bring ourselves back to center, to the Now.  By staying in the Now we live in this present moment.  We feel what we feel, we nurture the feeling by welcoming it rather than resisting it, we realize the belief pattern that created the thought, and we ask ourselves if it is true now in this moment.

Coming out of the darkness of the ride’s tunnel and into the light of day,  as children we realized it was all made up and we laughed in relief.  Now as adults we are coming out of the darkness of separation into the higher consciousness of unity and  into awakening.   There is an energy that is waiting patiently for us.   It is the essence of who we are…..its names are many…………the soul, God, spirit, higher self, the Divine, Presence, Awareness, Spaciousness, Emptiness, whatever resonates with you.

Revisiting Mr. Toad’ Wild Ride helps us to realize that we create our reality.  We see our thoughts projected out into the world.  What if Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is a microcosm of our worldly macrocosm?

When the soul is driving our motorcar on the Wild Ride of Life, we realize that the entire ride is an illusion.  There are no falling books, there are no trains, or fires.  We awaken from the ego who believes in the illusion of fear and wild rides.  There is no car, there is only our essence, there is only Presence.  And that essence is who we truly are.

©2009.  Andrea Avari Stevens, Ph.D.

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