The Path to Aaran: A Novel About Finding the Soul’s True Desire

| May 3, 2013

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The Path to Aaran: A Novel About Finding the Soul's True Desire

“We have been here before, and sometimes, the soul remembers.”

It is fourteenth century Denmark. Like the rest of Europe, Denmark is a land surrounded by the darkness of hunger, disease, and oppression. In the midst of this lives Orian (13), a young girl who survives by performing dances in the street for handouts. When she falls asleep, though, she enters into the world of dreams that consistently returns her to a place that is both familiar and unfamiliar. She has never been there in reality, but when she overhears some travelers discussing a fortress hidden deep in the woods, she recognizes it as the land of her dreams, and she decides to seek it out despite the difficulty of the winter foot-travel and the lack of any clear directions, aside from those provided by her intense intuition.

Orian arrives at the gates of Aaran, exhausted and starving, and is admitted to the kitchen, where she is recognized as a seeker, if a young one, by Taena, one of the six masters of what is, in fact, a spiritual training center and mystery school. A secret society that teaches its initiates and disciples the hidden knowledge gleaned from ancient traditions, Aaran is a world apart led by Arnor, the Earl of Vorde (and Taena’s father). As Orian grows up, she also grows spiritually, eventually learning how to manage her generating centers (chakras), how to consult with her spiritual guides, and how to recognize individuals with whom she shared past lives—and even revisit those lives. Simultaneously, she learns more about the conflict that others, including masters, feel between living the spiritual life at Aaran and life in the “real” world. These conflicts are both discussed and demonstrated by Murillo, one of the six masters who has lived in the Orient and brings back new wisdom from there, and Aidon, who renounced his role as master to live as a warrior in the outer world. As Orian matures, she becomes lovers with both Aidon and Murillo.

The spiritual aspirants at Aaran are feared by some, mocked by others, and misunder-stood by many, but they, and particularly Orian, on her magical journey of self discovery, illustrate over the course of the novel that no matter what the time period or the obstacles confronting the spiritual seeker, nothing is as difficult to face as our simplest truths—and deepest dreams. The message here is clear: What matters is to feel, at every moment, that we are walking with heart along the path to wisdom and knowledge. And we must learn to leave behind any path that does not offer change, wonder, or joy.

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