The Hero’s Journey

I’ve heard about The Hero’s Journey model of Joseph Campbell but I haven’t had the chance to read the book. Instead, I went through the guided methodological reflection workshops of Nicanor Perlas intermittently from 2011 to 2016. Over the years, I’ve become aware of this transformation process.

And because we reflect our world through symbolic stories regardless of cultures and era, there’s always resonance when I watch movies like Doctor Strange or hear testimonials from clients or receive updates from family and friends. Indeed, we are the heroes in our stories embarking on individual path to go beyond the limits of our ego and control.

I’m curious though — have you been listening to your call of adventure? Based on my experience, if I don’t listen, the universe will send me louder wake-up calls through crisis, where it becomes an opportunity for me to be better and do my best. If I listen, the universe will ask me acceptance of the challenge, where it become an opportunity for me to conquer my fear and claim the treasure I seek. Then, I go through it all over again.

Let me share to you a beautiful piece of wisdom, The Lily and The Moon, by Baba (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti).

Train yourself in the ideal of the lily, which blossoms in the mud and has to keep itself engaged in the struggle for existence day in and day out, parrying, bracing and fighting the shocks of muddy water and the force of storms and squalls and various other vicissitudes of fortune; and yet it doesn’t forget the moon above. It keeps its love for the moon constantly alive. It seems but a most ordinary flower: there is nothing extraordinary about it. Yet, this most ordinary little flower has a romantic tie with the great moon. It has focused all its desire on the moon. Similarly, you may be an ordinary being, you may have to pass through the ups and downs of worldly existence – – yet don’t forget that Supreme Lord. Keep on your desires pinnacled towards Him. Keep yourself engrossed in His thoughts. Dive deep into the mood of that Infinite Love, then alone your any activity will never be affected in any way.

I bet everything’s going to be alright! See you on the road soon.

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell

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