Carlos is one of the earliest characters in this menagerie of human characters. Without going back to check, I believe Sheryl is the very first character to make an appearance back in April 2020, before there even was a Story Project, when there was only Life: A Field Manual, the nonfiction book designed to ease travel on the journey of life. Upon the arrival of the Story Project, the field manual became just one of many items, devices and characters inside the story.
Carlos, lucky dog that he is, has found new life. He just acquired a surname, finally.
Carlos Alfaro. That’s the new official name for Carlos. Carlos’s first name is an homage to Carlos Castaneda, and his new surname is Al-Pharo, an ancient name meaning “The Pharaoh” or “The Pharos.”
[The in the ancient language is Al. Al is still alive in Arabic, and further west has devolved over time into the Spanish el , into the French le and la. When you see a word like almond, or names like Alice and Albert and Aldebaran, generally that word breaks down into a compound word in two parts, The being the first piece. Alice, for example, is “Al-Isis,” in other words “The Goddess Isis.” Almond is “The World,” as in French Le Monde.]
In ancient Egypt, “Pharaoh” is a pure being combining functions of head-of-state and spiritual-leader / high-priest, a role model and leader in every sense. N.B. the original pharaohs were likely all women, because ancient Egyptian society was an actual matriarchy, in stark contrast to today’s world social order.
In ancient Greece, “Pharos” might have been applied to the Library of Alexandria, the world’s central repository of knowledge and wisdom, a beacon of light to that ancient society.
The Pharos is the Light-Giver, the Beacon of Light, the Source of All That is Just and Pure and Beautiful. The Statue of Liberty is a modern-day Pharos, emulating the Colossus of Rhodes (Rhodos), the old Wonder of the Ancient World. She holds high a beacon of light which shines into the hearts of all mankind, a monument to freedom, justice, integrity, and truth.
Carlos and Jade have been the lost characters in our menagerie of characters, but it appears Carlos just got rediscovered. He is due for his 5th Level Graduation. He has a sandbox which is beginning to overflow with goodness, he has a stone transept room with alcoves, he has a heart-of-hearts chamber that cannot be denied its day in the sun. And he just acquired his surname. Good for him.
The references to sandbox and stone transept room with alcoves is my shorthand. In a book entitled Living in the Heart: How to Enter the Sacred Space within the Heart, the author describes how the human heartspace is a two-part structure. Human beings have a larger primary heartspace, and within that large space resides a smaller secondary space, the heart-of-hearts. [most of this terminology is mine, not the author’s]
Accessing that space of the heart, the larger chamber and also the smaller chamber within it, is essential to finding love, and is a vehicle for finding joy and achieving happiness. Humans live primarily in their head; the heart is the actual center of human consciousness, and is neglected in our world. The book has its shortcomings, but nevertheless it identifies central features of your personal reality that are often overlooked, especially by intellectually-centered creatures like myself.
The stone transept room is a visual for the human’s, meaning your and mine, Primary Heart Chamber, the overall heartspace. The alcoves are where we store our lessons of love, usually in the form of specific people, like former lovers and partners.
The sandbox is the Secondary Heart Chamber, the Heart-of-Hearts, a small entity which appears like a sandbox until a person activates it and gains mystical access to certain goodies that begin flowing in.
Carlos is finding his heart center, aka his heart space, both the large primary chamber and the tiny one. The word chamber is used here to identify an energy space, an invisible electromagnetic region of a human being’s energy field, not to be confused with a physical room. In dreams and in visual imagery, however, we often supply an actual room to represent them.