(The Metaphysical Maps series are maps of internal journeys. Some are sketched and painted on actual maps, while others required imagined contours of uncharted territories.)

Certainly you, too, have felt like Magellan, setting sail upon those treacherous, unknown waters of an inner exploration. Instant satellite topographic imagery is no help to us here. Are we pioneering the frontiers beyond the reach of measure? Beyond the intelligence of measurement?

How do we steer a course from mistrust to compassion? Where are the richest deposits of beauty in this life? What deadly shoals await us at the extremities of the passions?

The early geographic explorers had only the most crude, unreliable charts to go by, and sometimes– despite blantant biases– they even found them helpful. But any map, no matter how inaccurate, is still a diagram of possibilities.