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The Legend of Zelda: A Spiritual Experience
How playing a Tears of the Kingdom connected me to my power.
There is a new video game out that I have come to really love and that has recently become a spiritual teacher for me: “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the world of Zelda or video games all you need to know is that Tears of the Kingdom & its predessor, Breath of the Wild, allow you to freely explore a stunning fantasy world. In the first game, Breath of the Wild, you journeyed through a massive map with mountains, beaches, fields, desserts, volcanoes and snowy mountain tops.
In tears of the kingdom, not only do you have that same map to explore, but the game opens up an entire new world in the sky above.
The sky element of this game was the main feature in all of their promotional material & created the most excitement because I mean - who doesn’t want to FLY?
But…as I played, I discovered another new place to explore that no one was talking about called “the depths.”
The Depths are exactly where you’d think they’d be - underground. The depths are mostly pitch black an require a collection of specific resources to explore because they are so dangerous and challenging to navigate.
As soon I discovered the depths I wanted to spend all of my time there.
Forget the story line, forget the sky islands.
I wanted to explore the darkness.
Of course I want to spend all of my time exploring the depths. *eyeroll*🙄
Of course I feel pulled to visit the depths of this game. I am pulled towards the depths in real life too.
“The depths” being the darkness and the unknown.
There is something beautiful about floating through the skies, and seeing the world from up above.
But the depths require more of you. They require skill and preperation to clear the darkness and make the unknown, known. To turn the dark light again.
In the game, I discovered the depths by saying “YOLO” and literally jumped on the back of a dragon that was diving down into giant chasm.
How fucking epic is that.
I just wanted to see what would happen.
There is a desire to touch the untouchable.
To understand the unknowable
An insatiable appetite for challenge.
I think there is something to be said about my power here.
Both in Zelda and in life facing the darkness forces you to be build more skills and and more strength to get through it.
I wonder if the parts of me that are dawn to the darkness are the parts of me that know just how much power exists underneath my skin.
I wonder if the pulse of life in me pulls me to the depths in an effort to bring that power to the surface.
I believe that it is.
But the worst part is that I am always forgetting that the depths are there to show me what I’m made of. To bring forth the power that is in me.
So the question is:
When we begin to struggle, will we allow the darkness of the depths transform us - or will it be game over?
I think we both know the answer here.
The first photos is of me on the dragon, discovering the depths for the first time. The second picture is a of the dragon that I pulled from an online article cause I wanted you to see the dragon. I think they are so cool.
I wanted to find an inspiring photo of a woman pulling herself out of a chasm in the ground, similar to the way it would look on Zelda": Tears of the Kingdom - and this is what the AI Photo generator gave me. I could not contain my eruption of disturbed laughter seeing this….