Have you ever found yourself trying to get away from a challenge only to find yourself faced with it again and again despite your best efforts? If so, you may have unwittingly passed into the land of the Looking Glass. Don't fret. Alice's adventure to the Elusive Garden will help you unravel the mystery to finding your way to refuge . . .
Alice wants to make it to a beautiful garden on the hill just outside the Looking Glass house. Despite continuous attempts at leaving, she repeatedly finds herself back at the house again: “ . . . wandering up and down, and trying turn after turn, but always coming back to the house, do what she would.”
Because Alice is in the reverse-land of the Looking Glass, things don't stick to the same rules as those on the other side of the mirror.
Sometimes, when we find ourselves unable to move beyond a certain unpleasant situation or apparent obstacle, it is important to consciously turn back and move towards it before we can proceed past it. Fears, pain, old injuries, they can stick around, dragging us down and throwing off our sense of direction and self if we don’t take the time to do an about-face, understand, heal and attend to any necessary amelioration before heading off into new directions. With these old experiences on our backs, we tend to re-experience similar circumstances over and over again, just as Alice continually runs into the house she is so purposefully walking away from. This isn’t a punishment, it’s an opportunity to actually come to a completion and letting go of old and worn out wounding; without our personal care and attention, we are doomed to continue to run into the same old scenarios. Alice does recognize that she could cross back into the ordinary realm she left behind as a way of escaping this crazy path, but chooses, instead to pursue her goal, for, as she so adeptly puts it, “. . . there’d be an end of all my adventures!” which she surely doesn’t want yet. And if we want to continue to adventure and experience new joys and new opportunities on the chess board of life, we have to truly complete the old experiences we want to leave behind.