This piece was commissioned for a training session for psychologists and counselors entitled âWake the Sleeping Dragon – Nurturing the Divinity Within Each Childâ.
The creative brief contained the following information:
The popular children’s song “Puff the Magic Dragon” told the haunting but bittersweet tale of a child who befriends a wonderful and mystical creature, only to discover that the magic fades as childhood is left behind. More recently, the best selling Eragon book series by author Christopher Paolini depicted a trilogy of epic and enchanting dragon tales. Throughout time mankind has associated the dragon with an alluring power and mystique. The Vietnamese believed the dragon represented universal forces of life, while the Chinese believed that dragons possessed mystical powers of fertility and immortality. Recent advances in science have revealed some of the hidden powers within the DNA and neuroplastic potential of humans. Perhaps the long, winding serpent image of the dragon is nothing more than a representation of what can potentially emerge from the DNA template that gave rise to each and every human child. Our job as a society is to nurture and tame the magnificent creature within, so the greatness of each child can fully emerge and integrate within the social constructs of relationship, family, society, and humanity. Within each child lies a sleeping dragon that embodies the full potential of greatness that is the human soul.
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