Sunday, February 20, 2005

YOUR STORY IS A HERO'S JOURNEY

“As we love ourselves, we move toward our own bliss, by which Joseph Campbell meant our highest enthusiasm. The word entheos means "god-filled." Moving towards that which fills us with the godhood, that place where time is not, is all we need to do to change the world around us. Then we, naturally and without effort, love others and allow them to move beyond their self-imposed limitations, and in their own ways. The goal is to evolve to that place where the energy that had been projected outward to correct the world is turned around to correct oneself - to get on our own track and to dance, in balance, between the worlds.

“Following your bliss, as Joseph meant it, is not self-indulgent but vital-life giving; your whole physical system knows that this is the way to be alive in this world and the that this is the way to give the world the very best that you have to offer. There is a track just waiting for each of us, and once on this track, doors will open that were not open before and would not open for anyone else. Everything does really start clicking along, and yes, even Mother Nature herself supports your own unique journey.

“I have found that you do have only to take that one step toward the gods and they will then take ten steps toward you. That step,'the heroic first step of the journey,' is out of, or over the edge of, beyond your boundaries. It often must be taken before you know that you will be supported. The hero's journey has been compared to a birth; it starts out warm and snug ina safe place; then comes a signal, growing more insistent, that it is time to leave. To stay beyond your time is to putrefy. Without the blood and tearing and pain, there is no new life.�
- From The Joseph Campbell Companion,
Reflections on the Art of Living,
by Diane K. Osbon, 1992.