The Hero's Journey

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The Hero’s Journey

Engaging the Mythological Imagination and Purging the Psyche of Toxicity

We are told a lot about human potential. Various schools of thought allude to a vast reservoir of untapped greatness within us all. Modern science confirms the limitless possibilities that metaphysical, spiritual, shamanic and philosophical voices have articulated over the millennia. The question is how do we access it? Is there a simple, tried and tested, bullet proof, definitive strategy we can employ in order to embody this seemingly limitless resource?

The happy answer is a resounding yes! The mechanism however is not so much a switch but a huge internal shift requiring immense sensitivity, constant vigilance, and the necessary uprooting of the deepest sense of self out of an ancient and no longer valid container forged in the passionate yearnings of our ancestors untold generations deep.

The delicacy and complexity of this process cannot be overstated and the challenge it entails impossible to exaggerate so entrenched are the forces that jealously guard its transformation.

The good news is that the very force of Life which exists within us all is the marvellous invincible antidote to the perennial poison drip fed into the soul in its private confinement.

The so called spiritual path is nothing less than the natural impulse of consciousness to know itself BEYOND the existing boundaries of thought which encompass it.

Every failure to cope with a life situation can be related in the end to a restriction of consciousness and therefore the solution is always underpinned by its expansion.

The trick is how do we release those constraints and still add value to the lives of others and the world in which we share. It is here that our imagination must be engaged and victory over the negative wandering ego mind gently but firmly brought into the sharp focus of the abiding Truth at the core and essence of us all.

Because modern institutionalised society is politically controlled by private interest groups who do not have the welfare of the individual at heart nothing exits to encourage this demarche. On the contrary – a multitude of sophisticated traps, diversions and illusions pepper the eyes of us all, providing as they do, an invitation to rise above them. So effective and embedded is this mass hypnosis, programming and conditioning that almost all our internal resources have been diverted into maintaining the very thing which imprisons us.

As a culture therefore we are living out of context with the very nature of life itself.

An irresistible evolutionary impulse exists within us all. Life provides a perfect infinite eternal playground in which to explore and express that impulse.

It is the resisting of this inner unconquerable urge which is the root cause of all disease and stress. Impossible to resist we exist in the cages of our minds and feed an insatiable yearning to know life, to know ourselves, our very own nature with pathetic substitutes. These substitutes are everything artificial which pervades our world.

In a mythological language the world is often likened to a great tree. When we resist the calling of our souls we are like the seeds of that tree acquiescing to our confinement. Selfish husbandmen have taken our seed and planted it in Perspex containers and when we are young we are unaware of our containment but once something in us touches the boundaries of our imposed limitations we sense the disease. And it is to the dissolution of the container that the hero’s journey is called to directly address.

Mythology – specifically the hero’s journey, provides a general formula or map with which to navigate the specific zones of the psyche, gauge the growth of consciousness and anticipate what may lie ahead.

Who and where are his ogres? Those are the reflections of the unsolved enigmas of his own humanity. What are his ideals? Those are the symptoms of his grasp of life. Joseph Campbell ~ The Hero’s Journey

Our internal fears are mythological challenges – guardians of the impasse, dragons, ogres, projections of deceitful and dangerous persons, circumstance, impossible monsters that offer super natural challenge all represent the self-same single thing. The boundaries of the existing consciousness – the perimeter of the village, the safety of the nest, the comfort of the status quo. These guardians are the gatekeepers of the next sphere of consciousness where in the evolutionary impulse is calling us to live.

Perilous journey into the darkness descending intentionally or no into the crooked lanes of his own spiritual labyrinth he soon finds himself in a landscape of symbolical figures any of which may swallow him – the purification of the self, senses cleaned and humbled and the energies and interests concentrated on transcendental things this is the process of dissolving and transcending and transmuting the infantile images of our personal past

Movement is life. Stagnancy is death. Adventures, movies, heroic stories of great journeys typify this internal impulse and temporarily satisfy the need to feel the movement within oneself but it is not enough to sit back and be entertained we must if we are to find the peace that is our birthright heed the call of our soul and set out on this journey by turning within and taking the very first steps into our own inner darkness ourselves.

The Koran ~Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you?

Joseph Campbell tells us that a multitude of preliminary victories, unretainable ecstasies and momentary glimpses of that wonderful land await the brave adventurer who walks deeper within. Plant medicines, naturally altered states of consciousness, all afford a tantalising peek into a greater world beyond the boundaries of the normal waking state of consciousness; but the path is generations deep and the landscape made of our ancestors thoughts and dreams, fears and yearnings, indeed every vibration uttered in the soul. How then does one deal with such a vast amount of psychic content and complexity? Analysis is redundant – superfluous, the modern world littered with the shattered images of exhausted psycho analysts and process facilitators – how does one use a thimble sized filter to process an ocean of waste?

No psychological process is equipped to deal with this amount of content only purgation and surrender to the Truth, Power and Love of a Living God – The Pure Spirit of Life will suffice.

Making the Shifts - My Experience

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During the unfolding of the perfection of my life. Through the hills and valleys, across the mountains and into the deep dark depths of my soul is one of the most extraordinary truths I have learned. It is summed up in a quote attributed to Jesus in a book called Love Without End, Jesus Speaks by Glenda Green. Here is the quote in its entirety:

History repeats itself, generation after generation, because of judgment and denial, which create ruptures in the flow of life. The universe fills the ruptures quickly with the very thing your objections denied.

What is being communicated to us here is a very clear insight into how life works and how unconsciously we cause the realities we call our life experiences. Essentially — based on our separate sense of self — our ego perspectives cause ruptures in a perfect flow and then the substance of the universe fills those ruptures causing the appearance of our inner thoughts and feelings to actually manifest in form. Isn’t that incredible! I was never taught that in school. Were you?

So it is the restoration of perfect flow that we need to be concerned with. That is the discipline of the Spiritual Warrior. There is an old saying that says that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance and that is why our internal awareness, our sense of self, needs to be very keen.

My early sense of self was rooted in the cold, windy farmlands of the shire of Lincoln and is well summed up in this poem, which appears in a couple of my books.

‘Twas in the lonely years of flat Lincolnshire fields where as a boy I ran wild and free, that I dreamed the dreams of the man I wished so much to be. The wind blew cold and men grew old and talked of things that only their eyes could see. Frosty mornings would bite, rain poured day and night, but no other place did I wish to be. The fields my home, a river my teacher and my best friends were trees and dogs. My favorite music was the morning birds and the sound of burning logs. I felt so alive, full of joy, happy just to be; not even the bullies with kick and punch could knock that joy from me; but the most important thing a young lad needs, in his home to keep him growing… The River of Love, where this young fish swam, was slowly, slowly, slowing…
Fires of anger burned in the eyes of the man who called me his son; my mother was sad, their love was cold and froze in the years to come. His temper was short, his words were cruel and cut my heart with the ease of a knife; my pain and fear then turned to spite and ’twas my brother with whom I did fight. All were deafened by the words of things that never were said, they spoiled a love that hardly lived, and the family life was dead. I was in a world I loved so much but with which I would not deal, and confused by things I did not know, yet inside of me could feel. The tears I struggled to keep inside watered the wish in me, to find my Self, to be the man, someday I knew I could be; so I said goodbye to those I loved but never really knew and wandered far from the fields where a lonely boy had grew. Many a year I carried the pain and dreamed of feeling peace again and as I grew I understood, we only did the best we could; we can only teach what we’ve been shown and lessons of Love we’d hardly known. So I forgave us all and released the ghosts that haunted me from coast to coast. And I hope one day all will see a simple Truth plain to me:
Now is the time to teach old and young lessons of love, so the river can run.

My journey has been about using the sensitivity of growing up in violent circumstances, and fostering them in a positive and constructive way. As someone journeys within themselves, they will find their love of life, that eternal wellspring of natural goodness we all possess inside. One’s only real responsibility is to exist from that wellspring as often as one can. The more I am immersed in union and communion with the Living waters of Truth and Goodness within me, the more capable I am of expressing those qualities in the world. Moreover, the more in the flow I am with my true inner nature, the more in the flow I can be with the nature of life.

Life truly is a wonderful, wonderful journey. If you are not experiencing it as such then I would advise you to dissolve all judgment and denial and also heal the ruptures that exist in your soul because of so much ego-centered functioning in the world. What we are talking about is something much more significant than your personal stuff. It is the cultural condition in fact, an archetypal problem, which exists on a mythological level within us, deep inside the psyche of the consciousness of humanity. Being a warrior of consciousness, a gentle warrior, requires living from immense depth. It also requires a very high degree of awareness, self-discipline and mastery.

Essentially walking The Beauty Way is the most simple way to live. When one literally breathes the beauty of peace, one is truly an ambassador of the beauty way because one has uncovered the wellspring of eternal boundless within them and has experienced deep personal forgiveness and self-acceptance for long enough into those living waters until the currents of the psyche have become pure again.

This is the mission of the modern day super hero. It requires a tremendous tenacity, sense of purpose and will. To dive to the very depths of the soul takes a strong heart. Take a breath with me now and commit to going a little deeper on that journey within. There is simply nothing in the material world that can compare. As you become more and more liberated of the chains of misconception and free of the shackles of discontent, you shall see, that indeed, the world is a very kind and fabulous place.

From Theory to Practice

An old Native American Indian chief once said, “The white man needs to learn to see with his heart.” What great and practical advice that is for us all. The magnificent thing about walking a real spiritual path is that it is so darn practical. It’s a way of being and a constant one at that. What that means is that there is a way of being which is as appropriate at a funeral as a wedding, it is perfect for when you are making love or eating a pizza. That’s what constancy is. So what is that way? It all boils down to one word: compassion; the highest frequency of love.

Here is another one of my favorite quotes:

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What the soul is after is the highest feeling of love imaginable. This is the soul’s desire. This is its purpose. The soul is after the feeling. Not the knowledge, but the feeling. It already has the knowledge, but knowledge is conceptual. Feeling is experiential. The soul wants to feel itself and thus to know itself in its own experience.

The highest feeling is the experience of unity with All That Is. This is the great return to Truth for which the soul yearns. This is the feeling of perfect love.

-Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God.

So it’s a feeling we are after. Of course grand ideas, theories, notions and philosophies all play their part in the orientation of awareness and consciousness but the real juice, the goal of it all, is to exist in that feeling state of true aliveness.

The fastest way to exist in this optimal states of being is through forgiveness. The experience of love has a pre-cursor and that precursor is peace. It says in: A Course In Miracles that, “There is no love without peace and no peace without love.” It is important for those of us on the path to appreciate the order of initiations. Love is a mystery and the mystery is being revealed through us, as us. There is no genuine, lasting experience of love without peace and there is no genuine lasting experience of peace without forgiveness.

One of my friends, Howard Wills, is an extra-ordinary healer who regularly achieves the miraculous — reversing all manner of disability and disease in those who come in contact with him. He does it through peace making in the family soul through the power of prayer. Every single one of us has conflict within the family soul, and we can dissolve that conflict — no matter how old and deep — through the power of prayer.

You can check out Howard’s prayers at www.howardwills.org

My Own Personal Practice

The ancient Hawaiians have a wonderful name for the restoration of peace through forgiveness. They call it Ho O Pono Pono. This practice can be experienced as a feeling state through the repetition of the following mantra:

I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.

The practice of this simple mantra is the simplest and most powerful means I know of re-establishing the most powerful state of being. Coupled with soul consciousness, the attitude of Ho O Pono Pono is something I practice consistently. As one evolves along The Beauty Way it all gets so very, very simple and one’s attitude is an absolutely fundamental key to accessing the levels of being that permit the experience of life as an adventure, a journey through in ease and grace.

Food and The Beauty Way

One of the most significant support strategies on the path is in the quality of the food we eat. Others factors such as: when, why, and how we eat that food also massively affect the health of the cellular structure. There is a great debate raging about the absolutism of private food protocols. My advice is this:

  • Prepare all food with love.
  • Eat what you love and make it as natural as possible.
  • If it is cold and damp, eat warming foods and drinks.
  • Get plenty of herbal tea in your diet.
  • Bless all your food. Share with friends and family.
  • Have “Super Foods” every day in moderation.
  • Make sure you have a good supply of pure water.
  • Don’t over eat after 8 p.m. because it’s one of the worst things to do for your health.
  • Try and make the biggest meal of the day in the early-mid afternoon when digestion is strongest.

I have a book called The Biology of Peace available on my website, which has much information and detail of optimal nutritional strategies, especially if you’re wishing to improve health. You can contact me direct about that at successultranow@gmail.com.

I hope you have enjoyed these words.

If you would love to learn more about any of the subject matter I have related here, please check out my web site www.mysuperherotraining.com or my books Amazing Grace and Soul Consciousness.

Blessings on the way,

Dr. Nick Good Kauai October 2012