Rescue from Without


… the world may have to come and get him.  For the bliss of the deep abode is not lightly abandoned in favor of the self-scattering of the wakened state.  “Who having cast off the world,” we read, “would desire to return again?  

Society is jealous of those who remain away from it, and will come knocking at the door.

These three examples from widely separated culture areas – Raven, Ameterasu, and Inanna – sufficiently illustrate the rescue from without.  They show in the final stages of the adventure the continued operation of the supernatural assisting force that has been attending the elect through the whole course of his ordeal.  His consciousness having succumbed, the unconscious nevertheless supplies its own balances, and he is born back into the world from which he came.  Instead of holding to and saving his ego, as in the pattern of the magic flight, he loses it, and yet, through grace is returned. 

Cont’d…     This brings us to the final crisis of the round, to which the whole miraculous excursion has been but a prelude – that, namely, of the paradoxical, supremely difficult threshold-crossing of the hero’s return from the mystic realm into the land of common day. 

Whether rescued from without, driven from within, or gently carried along by the guiding divinities, he has yet to re-enter with his boon the long-forgotten atmosphere where men who are fractions imagine themselves to be complete.  He has yet to confront society with his ego-shattering, life-redeeming elixir, and take the return blow of reasonable queries, hard resentment, and good people at a loss to comprehend.