|Signs of Land:
Lessons from Columbus
On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail with three ships and 90 crewmen to discover the New World.
celebration of his arrival in the Americas is actually very
controversial for many reasons. In fact, many do not believe he deserves a federal holiday at all.
Can someone "discover" an
already-inhabited land? The settlement of the Europeans led to the
deaths and slavery of the natives of the Americas, and a large part of
their history and culture. Columbus never did reach mainland America.
Most educated people in the 15th century already knew that the earth
was round. Also, the Vikings explored the North American coast 500
years before Columbus.
So although Columbus Day is not
celebrated in all areas of the United States, many countries do
commemorate his arrival in the Americas on that date. Columbus' voyage
did prove that the earth was not only round, but that the planet was
much larger than anticipated. And his expedition resulted in the first
permanent European colonies in the New World.
But what interests me most is Columbus' inner voyage.
was a long difficult journey in which these normally rough seamen were
overcome with fear, even cried like children, and wanted to turn back.
Signs of land that appeared turned out to be hallucinations. The men
thought they were sailing an ocean that had no end. After two months,
the crew thought that Columbus had gone mad and they even conspired to
throw him overboard if he didn't turn back. But Columbus told them he
would not give up the voyage and ordered them to their work.
Columbus must have had an undaunting spirit to keep from ending up overboard!
very next day they sighted flocks of birds, floating branches with
berries and a walking stick. Soon after, on October 12th, the captains
of the ships and part of the crew fell on their knees, kissed the
ground for joy, and gave thanks to God as they landed a boat on the
first island. Columbus named the island San Salvador and took
possession of it, by right of discovery, for the king and queen of
I cannot help but relate that difficult voyage to our journey to grow in life.
often decide to "tough it out" but then we are overcome with fear. We
may even cry, inwardly or outwardly, like children. And how many times
have we just given up and felt it was better to turn back to something
safe and familiar and mediocre than to forge fearlessly ahead to new
horizons — to our dreams of fulfillment and prosperity? I've been there.
instead that each of us has our own "Columbus" — a universal captain
that pushes us forward to grow and expand and to reach our dream. There
is work to be done to get there - we must work on our mind, our spirit,
our consciousness. We may become disheartened at times when it seems
like we are stuck on a path that has no end. But if we do our
'homework' and stay the course, that glorious moment will come when we
will clearly see the signs of land and arrive at our destiny.
This article is from the ebook collection
of Marilyn's 27 holiday tributes that
bring out the deeper, more universal interpretation of each holiday as it
relates to prosperity laws, prosperity consciousness, and our higher spiritual
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founded the Feel Free to Prosper program to mentor and teach others to
become aligned with Universal laws and accept their right to prosper.
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