Everywhere that Connie and Goodwin travelled they saw the same devastation. The Palace was no exception, proving that everyone is basically the same, no matter what their station in life.
They spent their days on the road, travelling from village to village, bringing the magical rain. They made sure that they didn’t enter the villages, so as not to breathe the concentrated polluted air. They also made sure that they ate no food that hadn’t been thoroughly washed by the life giving rain that cascaded from the skies in response to Goodwin’s magical chants. Once the rains had started they moved on again to the next village, and so it went on. It was many months before they had completed their journey and returned to the Palace where it had started.
The weary travellers were greeted by a wonderful sight – the Palace was full of the signs of life, people were bustling around and there was laughing and animated conversation. Graceonia had returned to its former glory. When they arrived at the gates of the Palace they were welcomed with big smiles, and when they passed through there was whispering and pointing, which they thought was decidedly odd. They requested an audience with the King. They weren’t sure if he was aware of what had happened in Graceonia as he had been sick himself, but it was important that he had all the information so that it never happened again.
What they didn’t expect was that everyone knew who they were. The King had given instructions that he be notified immediately if they arrived at the Palace. It seems that word had spread around Graceonia that, prior to each heavy storm, an old man and a girl had been seen nearby. Once the villagers became well again they remembered their sickness, and realised that the rain had saved them and it was linked to the strangers.
They were granted an immediate audience with the King and there was much exchanging of information. The King told them that the agents of Deceptovia had been discovered as soon as the Graceonians had reverted to their true natures. It had become obvious who the infiltrators were due to their dark energy. The heavy rainfall had helped to dispel some of that negative energy, and they quickly admitted to the invasion and their actions which had caused such chaos. Fortunately the prompt action of Connie and Goodwin meant that the Prince of Deceptovia and his assembled army never received their invitation to enter into Graceonia. They were waiting on the other side of the border wondering what was happening – it wouldn’t be too much longer before they found out.
There were no such things as prisons in Graceonia, so each of the agents was housed with a family where they would do an honest day’s work in return for a healthy diet, and would be constantly surrounded by happy and supportive people. Each one was sent to a different village so they couldn’t hatch any more plots, or easily hold on to negative thought patterns. A magic spell had been cast on each of them so that they couldn’t physically leave Graceonia for a full year. At the end of that time they would have the chance to stay, or they could return to Deceptovia – it would be their choice.
Chapter 8 – The Connection
The King invited Connie and Goodwin to join him and his advisors in a meeting to discuss the future of Graceonia. The King realised that he had been largely responsible for what had happened. He promised that in the future he would be transparent in all his dealings, and his subjects would be fully aware of what was happening in the Kingdom.
It was also agreed that it was unwise for Graceonia to continue to exist in a magic bubble. It was important that their message of abundance and happiness be spread throughout the world. Therefore Goodwin was asked if he would teach his magic spell to other wizards within the Kingdom, so that they could cross the border and wash the neighbouring lands with the purifying rain.
Connie returned to her village and became a famous author and painter – her stories and paintings were a constant reminder of what can happen in the world if we stop paying attention to the good of the people. A few of her paintings have pride of place in the Palace to remind all future rulers that they have a great responsibility to be mindful of their decisions and their actions.
Maybe you have met a Graceonian where you live – you can recognise them by their sparkling eyes, happy nature and positive attitude. If you ask them nicely, I am sure they will tell you their secret!
The inspiration for this story came from the book The 7 Graces of Marketing by Lynn Serafinn
Sue is the Founder of Soulfully Connecting. She has spent over 40 years on her spiritual journey which, amongst other things, included training as a medium, hands on healing and travelling with a shaman. She trained for 3 years as a graphologist and for 23 years has been a reader specialising in graphology and tarot – 14 of those years were spent participating in festivals both at home and abroad.
The idea behind Soulfully Connecting is to demonstrate that there are other ways of living which can heal the earth, the animal kingdom and ourselves. She is passionate about people having freedom of choice, which is only possible when they know about all the options.
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