C is for Calemir.
People crave stories about a hero. Why is that? I have a theory. Deep down inside our souls, there stirs a truth about heroes: we cannot make it to the next level of our existence without the help of a super hero—a savior, if you will. It resonates on a subconscious level whether a person has been raised to believe in a savior or not. How can I make this claim? Heroes can be found in ancient stories throughout the world, from the beginning of time and on through today. Just look at the classic heroes in literature—from ancient Asian folklore, to the Greek and Roman mythologies, to the tale of Beowulf. Add to these, modern movies, television, books— Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia, Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings, Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars— the hero saga is everywhere. Cultures from around the world and for generations have had hero’s tales passed down through the art of story-telling, all because of their fundamental connection to our psyche.
A good hero can do more for a story than save the day—he offers hope to his readers—people who might live in despair. Escaping in the pages of a good story has helped children endure poverty, hunger, abuse. Tales of a better world have renewed hope for families living under oppression. Hope keeps people alive who otherwise would feel no need to live, and the telling of stories has been a vehicle to perpetuate that hope. So, my story has a hero—Prince Calemir.
Prince Calemir is the son of King Barsoum and Queen Elise in the Kingdom of Forever, a fantastic world cut off from earth after a poison was unleashed by a traitor to the kingdom. Prince Calemir is the protector of the Golden-Heart, an energy source that creates light and life—and doorways back to Forever. When the children tap into their Magic-Sense—the ability to see and hear beyond earthly sight and sound—they activate their Awakening, a doorway that leads to the magical world, and to Prince Calemir. But as the children discover the mysteries beyond the doorway, they also learn how important it is to have a hero. They need to find the courage to believe in a hero again—which is a dangerous thing to do.
Tomorrow’s letter is D. D is for Dangerous. Why is it dangerous to believe in a hero…?