What a wonderful story depicting the heroine’s journey; the initial wounding; the aridity, the descent; the reconnection with the feminine gut insight and the realisation that the power is within all the time.
This story to me is a lesson in not being afraid to be ourselves whether or not that is in someway different to what society would consider the “norm” and regardless of what the neighbours will say should they God forbid find out! When Elsa’s power is discovered she is told by her father to conceal it and not feel it. Although a magical creature (possibly another aspect of herself) tells her that there is beauty in her power, she is still banished to a life of being alone. The palace doors are locked least the folks outside find out. What shame that would bring upon the family!! Sound familiar? Although she hides her powers, its’ magic is always there and comes through from time to time. This story could be applied to any modern day dilemma where, in order to remain in the status quo we are forced to hide a part of ourselves, oftentimes a magical part. And like for Elsa, life like this can bring loneliness and aridity while we trudge through life in a meaningless way, cut off from not alone others but worse still from our true self.
Similar to what happens in ordinary life sooner or later our hidden treasure comes to the light. It could be through an illness, a relationship break-up or in this case an initiation into the powerful position of being announced Queen. While on one hand it seems that she is banished from one lonely state to another Elsa seems to get the freedom she so longs for when her secret is revealed. She sings, “The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside, couldn’t keep it in; Heaven knows I’ve tried”.
When she runs away she builds a new refuge in the form of another castle. She sings “It’s funny how some distance, makes everything seem small and the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all, it’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through, no right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free! Let it go, let it go”. Elsa connects to her new natural environment and realises she is one with the wind and the sky.
However this freedom has forced Elsa into a mythological descent of sorts; “The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen. A kingdom of isolation”. She sings about her soul spiralling in frozen fractals all around. Her fragmented soul pieces spiralling outside instead of inside. She sings, “I’m never going back, the past is in the past”. She realises nothing will ever be the same again; there is no going back to the way it was.
Her sister comes to help her but she forces her to go away. She inadvertently freezes her sister’s heart. Sometimes we can hit out at others even though they may be trying to help us and we may injure those close to us. We need time in our descent to do our work to come to certain realisations, to learn about ourselves, to check in with our inner world.
It is not until she is captured and suffers the near death of her sister that she realises the power is within her to change her circumstances and to unfreeze everything that she has frozen. True love comes to save the day … not the romantic type, not the knight in shining armour type that isn’t real anyway, no the true love for her sister and the sorrow for what her actions have done, actions that she did not have any say in at first but now has full control of.
Remember we can reclaim anything we feel we have lost, for its’ magic is still there within us and we have the power to take it back.
Until next time.. keep the faith,