A young guy called Uli got banned into a small boat on the sea because the big ship he had been on got into a storm and the crew blamed him to have done black magic.
He prayed to the stars and accepted his fate even though he felt innocent and then fell asleep, exhausted. While sleeping a flock of dolphins came and pulled the boat away. And when Uli woke up he wanted to suicide because he didn´t want to wait for dying slowly and painfully. But when he opened his eyes he saw land.
The boat drifted to a shore with soft waves into shimmering mist and it stopped in a field of flowers. Leaving the boat he walked over the fields full of light and colours. Suddenly slightly dressed girls came floating around him to pull him along a way to a huge open gate. And in golden letters there was written The Empire of Fata Morgana. He passed through and was amazed more again.
All was glowing in golden sunshine through the misty fields and rivers of milk and honey. Then suddenly a throne appeared in front of him. And there was sitting a woman in a dress of rubies and diamonds and her golden crown was framed by shining stars.
“Welcome to my empire, stranger. Explore every direction and be a happy citizen. All treasures you can see are yours just as they belong to all of those who decided to call this place their home. Most humans chide me and my country of wonders and call me a demon of mischief who promises all and gives nothing. Those Fools! As if they had a better stand on Earth, as if their ambition and business was anything else but an illusion with the additional curse be so sure about their possessions.
Here in my empire we don´t get to such an attitude. In everlasting happy expectations we get along. Again, welcome to my kingdom.”
She reached out her hand to Uli. And he, stunned by her words and beauty, climbed up the stairs to take it. But suddenly he found himself sitting on the throne. Confused he looked down and all the flowers changed to be people who shouted their welcomes to the new king to be husband of their queen. “Give us your commands!” So Uli ordered to have a great feast with free meal, dance and fun all together. He climbed down from the throne again to step among the crowd but suddenly people disappeared in the mists and he stood alone in the fields. A painful disappointment struck him. Then he heard some music. And far away at a riverside he saw peasants dancing and having a feast and laughing fun. An old man who suddenly stood at his side said: “Ah I can see your heart. You want to be with them, don´t you?” “Yes.” Uli answered with shining eyes. “I hope so much that it´s not another illusion.” “Come on. I will lead you there.” Uli was excited and the old man and he filled time with nice conversation on their way. But then all the scenery changed to mist and also his guidance was gone. Uli was desperate. And this way it went on and on. He was close to find wisdom, the love of his life, friendship, wealth. But all disappeared before his eyes and he fell down in tears.
Suddenly Fata Morgana stood in front of him. “So what are you complaining about, mortal? You have been saved from the soaken death and I have given you shelter. You had to experience what none of my citizens will ever be able to run away from. Don´t be afraid. The time you spent close to me is not lost. And I´ve shown you the possibilities of your coming future you can chose wisely. And my blessings are with you as you´ll get back to your real home and yours.”
Uli worshipped the Fata Morgana in the misty dust and gratefully he found his boat beside him. “Yes, the real happiness is to trust in our hearts alone.” Filled with confidence he got into the little boat and fell asleep. He woke up with the sunlight and a seagull´s cry. He found himself at the coast of his hometown. People on the beach waving to him. Slowly with patience Uli got there carried by the soothing waves. His family came and holding them in his arms he gratefully knew he truly was blessed with inner peace and happiness.