This week we were introduced to the concept of the Hero’s Journey. The more I heave delved into the material we have been covering over the past weeks (not that I fully comprehend every detail) it is clear that all the MKMMA members who are still pushing on have already heard the herald call them into their Hero’s Journey. Who their herald was can be debated but I think for many of us it was ourselves. Yes, this resonated with me when I read Og Mandino “within me burns a flame, which has been passed from generations uncounted, and its heat is a constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am”, Hannel’s “only things the dreamer makes live on” (implied that all things start with a thought), and Mark J often refers to The River of Dreams which has encouraged me to pursue my dreams, give them form, clothe them and let them come to life. And then start living my life from this new reality I want for myself with emotion, passion and persistence. “Any person who tries to improve the world has courage, is a hero.” What an encouragement. Most of us on this journey are looking at more than just improving ourselves we have identified a purpose bigger than ourselves which will be impacting more than ourselves as we will be affecting other people’s lives. The profound point that “your soul is rooting for you, it is the true Herald” is such an encouragement. There are 3 phases
- Separation from the known
- Surrender old value
- Returning with gifts of service
Then to encourage us to take the Herald’s call we were shown the story of Aimee Mullins (It’s not fair having 12 pairs of legs) who is a double amputee who has set Olympic records, modelled clothing, done fashion shoots, and more. Such an encouragement to enter the Hero’s Journey. “Do the thing you fear the most and then courage comes”. Or “In the cave you fear to enter lies the secret of your life.” Joseph Campbell. We then looked at why people do not enter the journey, what is really required is the dying of the old self and here in lies the answer. For death has 4 phases / stages when someone dies
- Denial – refusal. To be this far in the course and not 100% involved and committed is denial. A wakeup call to catch up and push harder.
- Anger – the looking without as to problems. Just another reason to cling to the old.
Then to quote from the training material “Many of us hit this wall
- Some stay stuck [Ut-oh]
- Others reach out [Yippee]
- Feeling sad, need to rewrite PPNS and DMP, feeling lost?
- This is really grief…..unlike our denial or anger types, you’re close and many become inspirational…..as long as you move forward, even it if is inch by inch”
This has answered why I have been feeling so frustrated, sad, concerned and in some ways unable. I have been fairly disciplined over the 17 weeks seldom missing readings occasionally late with blogs (like this one), but I am determined to persist and complete. Writing which has not been a strength in my old blue print is what I am leaving behind and has contributed to my frustration / despair. “I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.” Og Mandino. I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy. And I give myself permission to be I had listed a number of quotes I wanted to use but have not included them. I have kept the following three references as they have assisted me in staying on track. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.