I thought I would do an imaged – and very real since it all reflects me– dialog with a dragon.
Hi, I would like to speak with you.
I understand if you don’t want to meet me or talk with you. I can assure you I am here only to talk with you and hear what you have to say. I have no weapons. There are nobody else here.
What do you want?
Hi – just to get to know you and learn how you see the world. What’s your name?
It’s unpronounceable in your language.
OK. Can you say something about your experience with humans.
I am not really interested. I and my family have nothing but an endless series of awful experiences.
You feel hurt? Misunderstood?
What have they done to you?
What have they not done to us? They have villified us. Made us into monsters. Tortured us. Killed us. Glorified killing us.
I am very sorry. I think humans – at least in Europe – have been very scared of you and didn’t know what to do, except try to get rid of you.
I know. It’s no excuse.
I wish to have a different relationship with you. I want to understand you better.
So you can kill me? Sounds like just another way to trick us. We know your ways.
I understand you are suspicious. You have every right to be.
You are exactly right.
What would it take for you to trust me?
I would need to get to know you and see you for a very long time.
OK. I am here.
What do you represent for humans?
On one level, monstrocity, violence, danger, death.
At another level, wisdom, fearlessness, primal power.
Yes, that sounds right. Do humans fear the second list?
Yes, at least traditionally on this continent.
Why? It sounds good to me.
It’s not good if you want to have people believe your religion, obey orders, and respect the hierarchy and the power of others.
Ah, so you mean someone decided to make you into a villain?
It’s part of it. We represent exactly that which can undo obedience and hierarchy.
We represent the characteristics in humans that make people question what they are told and the social order they have inhereted.
So for those in power, it makes sense to make us into something bad.
Some of us may have pillaged some villages and burnt some knights too, which can explain some of the hostility. But we mostly don’t do that. We are content taking a goat or two now and then.
OK. Thank you for letting me know some more. It makes sense what you say. And it seems humans have some reason to fear you?
Well, some. Although fear is very different from creating us into monsters and glorifying killing us.
Yes, agree. Perhaps a healthy respect is better.
Yes, we would like that.
As a dragon and what you represent – wisdom, power, fearlessness – how can you help humans today?
These are the qualities many humans need today to have a more fulfilling life and also to do what’s right for them and what they see as right for the world.
It will help them cut through fear and going along with outdated views and opinions.
And a more personal exploration….
How does P. relate to the dragon in him?
He is cautious although also fascinated and likes me and brings me out now and then. He feels much better when he brings me out, although he’s also a bit self-conscious when it happens.
How can you help P.?
I can help him with fearlessness, power, and fearlessly and powerfully acting on wisdom when neccesary. I help him be more fierce, real, and decisive.
How does he see that?
He likes it, although he is still finding his way. He wants to do it in a kind and wise way and being considerate of others, although it’s something he just has to jump into it. And being considerate of others isn’t always the most kind thing – to himself or others.
Seems you can have a good partnership?
Yes, as his inner dragon we can have a very good partnership. That’s what I want.
I can give him very needed primal power and fearlessness. He can give me freedom to be myself and live my life. That’s much better than being shunned, hunted, and killed.
Seems that you have gifts for him?
Yes. As his inner dragon, he needs me. He can’t really function without me. And he can certainly not have a good and real life without me.
I can help him live the life he wants to live.
How can he bring you more out?
I don’t really need to be brought out. I just need to be acknoledged and he needs to tap into me in his daily life, when it’s called for.
A big part of it is for him to be real instead of always being very considerate of others. Being truly considerate is to be real, not hiding himself and how he feels, what he wants, and how he sees things. Hiding this isn’t considerate, it’s manipulation.
When he avoids me, he becomes the dark image people have of us dragons. Manipulative. Cunning. Sneaky.
When we are free, we are not like that.
Thank you, dragon. I enjoyed getting to know you a little more.
Thank you. It wasn’t too bad. Now let’s see if you can put your words into action and stay respectful of me and what I represent, and if P. can bring me more into his daily life.