“You are the hero of your own adventure.” “You must say yes to the adventure!” How? “Follow your bliss.”
One of the people I’ve admired most in this life is the late contemporary philosopher, Joseph Campbell. He had a zest for life and a spry, youthful spirit that poured forth from his eyes and words.
I admired Joseph Campbell because of Myth, in part. I admired him because he took the road less-traveled. Thinking of himself as a cavalier sort of fellow – a maverick, he knew he could never live within the limiting beliefs and self-made myths that most humans live within. Joseph Campbell lived on the cutting edge of the moment, dove into the core of each interaction, sought out the heart of each ritual, the meaning of life in each breath of fresh air. He was humble, yet confident. He was innocent, yet so experienced. He was so truly alive that it is still infectious to this day – that is how I wish to live my life.
So what keeps any of us from living life like that? We have given ourselves to the myth that our family, society, community has delivered to us. We have settled for the lot we seem to have been given. We believe we must be comfortable, play it safe, and follow the prescribed roles set before us. We don’t know we are living an unconscious myth of bondage. We don’t know we are the heroine of our own mythic adventure. We don’t believe that we can be our own hero because we are always victim to something or someone. We are waiting for the right circumstances rather than looking to see how we can carve them out into the life we are living now.
For me this has come in the forms of being tired, lazy, fearful, too comfortable, disorganized, overwhelmed. I have found that my mind can give me an infinite number of reasons why I am not allowed to, am unable to, or how impossible it is to live an exceptional life. There may be a whisper of intuition to act now and the mind quickly dispels this whispering that we might be too bold, might look too greedy, might step on someone’s toes, might hurt someone’s feelings, might not be able to handle the success, might not be qualified to meet this challenge, this client, this endeavor, this mythic adventure – and so then be swallowed alive with rejection, with denial, with abandonment, with something uncomfortable, with debt, with responsibility. So you look all those thoughts; be they blatant or subtle, square in the eye and say, “actually, yes I can.” You step up to the random stranger and compliment them, give them the intuition, ask for their help in getting the door open – meet your destiny!
Oh man – the time has come. What are you waiting for – someone’s permission to seize the lead role in your life? I grant it, brother. It’s yours, sister. I knight you, crown you, anoint you, appoint you and initiate you. Bring it on!
So what kind of adventure are you on? Is it dangerous? Is it destructive? Is is joyful? Is it hard work and lots of effort? Is it playful? Is it steadfast, rewarding, deeply connected and passionately alive? Is joy as well as trial allowed for in your adventure? Dang, I sure hope so. Welcome it all in, my friend.
Keep alert to the myth you are playing out in your life and get clear about the one you want to be living. How do you want to show up as the main character in your life? Do you want to be a ruler, a priest, a fashionista, a designer, an entertainer, a healer, a business owner? Do you want to be remembered for your kindness, your service, your fashion sense, your intelligence, your peace? Do you want to feel at ease in your own skin and at home no matter what it looks like on the outside? Do you want bright lights, big city? Country quiet? World-traveler? Some of each? Do you want to go out of this life, guns blazing and kicking up your heels saying “woohoo that was one helluva ride!”? Yes…let it be so, my friend.
Try this…Ask other people what their passionate vision is and support them. Share your passionate vision with others too. And like King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, pull together your rockstar Tribe to create with.
Let’s do this thing. There is more than enough room for us all to succeed, have and be all that we are meant to. It’s in the design. Cheers to you, hero and heroine! May the Force be with you!
Check out the mythic adventures of these few gods and goddesses…As you explore these stories – see who resonates with you. See who you feel you can’t relate to at all. Meditate upon these energies. Research them. See how their stories make connections in your life. See how you can call upon these energies to strengthen them in your life. For example – the goddess of Abundance and Beauty, Lakshmi may help you change relationship to money. Hermes, the messenger god (also known as Mercury) is skilled at communication. If you are seeking to increase your nurturing parental energy, Demeter. If it’s devotional love, maybe the story of Radha & Krishna would serve you. Have fun with it!
Persephone or Kore, who likes to take trips to the dark side regularly emerging with great wisdom and the ability to walk another through to the light
Hephaestus or Vulcan, one of Aphrodite’s lovers who is talented with metalworking yet crippled & so a little moody
Demeter, Corn Mother, Ceres, Mother of the Harvest, goddess of grains, able to nourish and feed all the children
Zeus, great leader, ruler dude who doesn’t exactly have his morals intact but seems to have it all
Vesta, a Virgin goddess, priestess, tender of the sacred flame, the hearth, the spiritual juices and the center of our lives
Apollo, sun god, warrior, charismatic, charming and powerfully skilled in the ways of negotiation and enterprise
Kali – fierce Mother goddess of life and death, of liberation
Ganesha – the elephant-headed god of liberation, self-realization, remover of obstacles
Hanuman the monkey god who is physically strong, deeply devoted to God and service-oriented
Sedna- goddess of the ocean, of abundance, nourishment, sealife
Pan- god of lovemaking, wine, music, and celebration
Shiva – wild, yogi god, god of meditation, destruction and liberation
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