*The Hero’s Journey

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Dear Diary,

Welcome to day 19 of the 40 Day Spiritual Practice!

21 days – Science shows that it takes 21 days to break old habits and create new neuro-pathways.

40 days – The Universe and Spirit create in 40 day increments, re-birth. (Solar Year)

Overview:

This program is a 40 day program where you pick one new thing you would like to create in your life.  You will be doing this one thing consistently for 40 days.  If you miss one day, you must begin again at day one.

The purpose of having a Spiritual Practice is to live in alignment with your truth…….’The Hero’s Journey!

‘The Hero’s Journey’

Joseph Campbell’s famous distinction of  ‘The Hero’s Journey’….. “It’s not to deny reason.  To the contrary, by overcoming the dark passions, the hero symbolizes our ability to control the irrational savage within us.”  He describes ‘The Hero’s Journey’ not as a courageous act, but as a life lived in self-discovery.
“The Force is Within”  – George Lucas, Star Wars
In the movie ‘Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker finds the force within himself, the power of character to meet his destiny. He finds he can overcome evil and be set free.  The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others.  One of the distinctions that Joseph Campbell makes between the celebrity and the hero is that one lives only for the self while the other acts to redeem society.
Joseph Campbell is known as one of most influencial scholars and teachers of mythology.  He said that he got fed up with traditional schooling and having to learn the narrow academic curriculum.  So he said, “The hell with it,” and headed to the woods to read all the greatest books on anthropology, biology, philosophy, art, history, and religion.   His favorite was the myths and legends of Indians.  One of my favorite lines in the book, ‘The Power of Myth” is…
“One sure path into the world runs along the printed pages.” – Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell studies on all the greatest myths lead him to believe that mythology was ‘the song of the universe.’  He saw the symbolism in all the myths, as the morals to life.  He believed that in seeking truth and wisdom, one is able to go beyond the conflicts of illusion and regain ones true self.
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life.
 I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking.  
I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive…”  
– Joseph Campbell
Through our Daily Spiritual Practice we are able to establish the distinction of pure experience.  Once, we are able to concur this in meditation and spiritual practice, we are able to do this out in the world.   We are able to stay grounded in the middle of traffic.  We are able to stay committed to in the face of no agreement.  We are able to have compassion and display love when someone is not being loving.  We are able to witness something, instead of reacting to it.
Life is a prayer 
In the famous interview between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell….
Bill Moyers asked: “How do we transform our consciousness?”
Joseph Campbell responded:  “That’s what meditation is for.”
In our modern world, movies are the stories of myth.  It is interesting to witness the same ‘Hero’s Journey’ over and over again in different stories.  It is always the same story….. It is a journey of the human spirit to persevere!
“And the only myth that is going to be worth thinking about in the immediate future is one that is talking about the planet, not the city, not these people, but the planet, and everybody on it.  … And what it will have to deal with will be exactly what all myths have dealt with – the maturation of the individual, from dependency through adulthood, through maturity, and then to the exit; and then how to relate to this society and how to relate this society to the world of nature and the cosmos.”  – Joseph Campbell, Myth in the modern world.
Homework:
1.  Write the story of your life:  Write a tragic ending and a victorious ending.
Love, e
(See the movie trailer below… A modern myth)

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