[Wayne Purdin wrote a wonderful article on examiner.com to illustrate the use of symbolism in myths and fairy tales to transmit "higher truths." He uses a modern myth, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, as his example. Whether you've read the book or seen the delightful movie from the 80s or not, you'll enjoy his explanations of the deeper meaning of what each character represents. The following is a short excerpt; see link below for the entire article.]
In the beginning of The Princess Bride, the soul, represented by the fair Buttercup, falls in love with the farm boy Westley who represents her higher self. You might think he represents her twin flame or soul mate, but, as you will see, he really is the embodiment of her higher mind. Buttercup asks Westley to do chores and he always complies with the reply, “As you wish.” This is what happens when we have a relationship with our higher self – our wishes are fulfilled. In some depictions of the heart chakra, we see a golden throne under a tree. The throne is the seat of the higher self and the tree is called the “wish-fulfilling tree.” When our higher self is enthroned in our heart, we can manifest desires and they have positive effects. The wish-fulfilling tree is a theme of some fairy tales, such as The Juniper Tree.
[Click here to see the entire Princess Bride article by Wayne Purdin.]