I’m not scared Where did you go
I know that you’re gone It’s stormy on this road
but I’m still here And I’m alone
Franky! Tell me why I’m still here
I don’t want you to go When you’re not, what’s the deal?
I try so hard but I miss you so I’m still your princess 1
Once upon a time a Kingdom, where lived a princess and her prince, they were very happy and had many plans together. But one day the prince went out to ride and never returned. And Belle fell into a deep sleep, as well as their parents and all the inhabitants of the castle.
And so the Kingdom ceased to exist for Belle. This is the symbolic meaning of deadly sleep that fell on everyone and everything that surrounded the princess because the world is alive only for the person who awakens for him — said La Loba, while slowly brushed my hair.
—Did she fall into a deep sleep in order turn off the memory of her pain? I asked. Right, La Loba said. And it will take many years, and a long process that until the princess awaken because she sleeps the sleep of transformation. Fulfilled the due time, she will wake up2,3.
—And the world will never be the same. I told La Loba, as I lay in my bed.
—Yes, my dear — La Loba said — the world will continue to spin. And young people like you have afraid of inactivity where nothing seems to happen, because the common belief says that only doing things we can achieve the goals. However, a long period of quiet contemplation, concentration on self, can lead us to greater achievements. And Belle will not permanently stay in immobile even that she feels that this period of quiescence seems to last a hundred years2,3.
—Please continue the story, I asked La Loba, until I sleep!
While the Kingdom sleeps, continued La Loba, the thorns grew up around the tower where the princess took refuge and all who tried to reach her failed because she was not ready and in her sleep she sought her own identity and freedom.
— Oh, but she had, replied La Loba. The Black4 is his name, the dragon of renewal. He is the greatest of all dragons and his fire is very powerful. The Black is at the beginning and end of every process. With his huge heart he works self-acceptance and the courage to make changes in our lives. He helps us overcome our traumas. And allows you to see difficult situations objectively. If something difficult happened, it will help you to dissolve the emotions and suffering that come from memories, allowing you to distance itself from the situation emotionally, seeing it with understanding and acceptance understanding their learning. After that, this Dragon will help us put into practice what has been learned so that we can continue to walk. Black is a savior that comes to rescue us when we go through periods of crisis. It penetrates the darkness and brings light. With its powerful puff it deep clears our negative mental energy and the psycho-emotional environment4.
—Yes, a dragon, black as night. And what happened to Belle? La Loba asked.
—Well, although the time does not turn out the moments experienced in the past, it has the power to remove its vitality, leaving us just a memory. Thus elapsed the time, Belle joined forces in solitude, and became herself getting emotional maturity. Changes happened inside her that awakened to the possibility of a happy new life in her kingdom. And so the princess felt alive again. And therefore what seem impenetrable opened again. The wall of thorns suddenly turned around in big, beautiful flowers, allowing anyone to enter, because only in relationship with others awakens us from the danger of letting our lives asleep for too long.
Then she met the prince and kissed him5, continued La Loba. Everyone considered the prince an insignificant man and without ambition. A man practically invisible in his world. However, he was a good man, a true gentleman, with a sense of humor, but he suffered prejudice by his appearance. And it was for this man who Belle slowly fell in love. And in the heart of Belle, where were all her Belles, he met the subtlety of pain and the delicacy of love5.
1. Franky’s Princess – Emilie Simon
2. Bruno Bettelheim. A Psicanálise dos Contos de Fadas. 16a Edição – PAZ e TERRA – 2002 Traduzido do original em inglês: The Uses of Enchantment:
The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales.
3. Qual Bela Adormecida você quer ser? Texto de Cristina Balieiro.
4. Black Dragon, O Dragão da Renovação – Text of Dragon Energy Center
5. La delicatesse (Delicacy) – The movie of David Foenkinos e Stéphane Foenkinos. França, 2011.