The story of the City of Troy is about allowing something evil in through the gates and the walls, into the centre of the city, the very heart. The Trojan Horse was found outside the gates, and not only was it allowed in by the people of Troy, they actively helped it in.
The Troy labyrinth is a formation said to represent the layout of the walls of the City of Troy. A labyrinth differs from a maze, in that there is only one route, no choices. The only choice is whether or not you go in, and which direction you travel, either going in, or coming out.
Labyrinths have a transformative power on the mind. As you travel in towards the centre, you can let go of something, and then as you travel out facing the other way, there is a new beginning. You can trace the labyrinth either by walking through it, if it is laid out on the ground in some form, or by using your finger to trace a wood carving, or in your imagination.
It seems to me that the Story of Troy is a symbolic message about our minds. Troy is the representation of your mind. The Trojan Horse represents the bringing into your mind of evil forces, disguised as something interesting and harmless, a gift, a gift horse. Once inside the very centre of Troy, the disguise is thrown off, and the evil is unleashed to destroy. Helped along by the element of surprise. The Trojans were unprepared and vulnerable. And your mind will be too, if you let something evil right into the middle.
The really interesting thing about the Troy Story is that Troy was taken by deception, not force. The horse was brought in by the Trojans of their own free will. They unwittingly aided their own destruction.
The kind of evil that people are bringing into their minds is in the form of mainstream TV, news, education, entertainment, drugs, alcohol, bad sounds and smells, being around the wrong people and the wrong places etc etc. Your mind can get really messed up.
How could the destruction of Troy have been avoided? What do you let in? Who do you let in? The answer is the Gatekeeper. You are the gatekeeper of your own mind, and this is an important job!
There are three possibilities with gatekeeping. You can leave the gate pretty much always open. Everything is welcome, you get all the good, but you also get all the evil. Or you can keep the gate firmly shut, frightened of having your mind messed up and destroyed, fearing the evil, and taking no risks. But then there is no good coming in, and you are sort of imprisoned, stifled, stagnant, and living with fear.
The third way to run the gate is to filter out the good and the bad, which requires more effort, but gets easier with practise. You have to use your intuition to make judgements. If you judge by labels and appearances, you are setting yourself up perfectly to get a Trojan Horse.
Maybe this is what Jesus means in the parable of separating the wheat from the chaff. By doing this well, you are on your journey to heaven. It’s all in the mind.
Everything around you is something that can potentially enter into the heart of your mind. It’s important that we allow in the good to transform us for the better and help us on our journey.
I notice that many people like to compartmentalise authors, researchers, saying that some are ALL GOOD and some are ALL MISINFORMATION. I think this is a labelling system, and sets you up for the Trojan Horse. It also potentially means you miss the helpful stuff. You can take good bits and avoid bad bits from any one person, even though the label is the same.
(See also earlier posts: Goodies and Baddies, Don’t Believe What You Read, Spiral of Life)