I just completed an interesting online video from the Daily Love's Mastin Kipp about Joseph Campbell and his aggregated study of the Hero's Journey from his life's work of studying cultures and their religions. In this video, Mastin talks about the different stages of a journey one must go through in life. The 12 stage cycle runs through our lives over and over. The quick summary comes down to the path that one must take to make it to the next stage of their growth. Each thing we do, whether it be on a micro or macro level is a test and a path of this journey.
We are all tested again and again and in many stages of our journey, we are tested within that stage. A net result comes from the action of choices. We can continue to move forward and force change onto ourselves or we can retreat into the comfort of the known at the cost of minimal growth. One thing is for certain, we can choose it or it will be chosen for us. Either way, change will take place.
As each stage of the Hero's Journey came up, I remembered something I learned when I put my dog to sleep - she taught me about death and the beauty in that gift. That was such a profound day - the day I had made the decision to allow her some dignity... she had been sick for awhile. In the midst of this incredibly sad day, she taught me about living. The moment she died, she was gone from that body. There was nothing of her left. What a huge gift this has turned out to be. She taught me many things but the biggest lesson was how complex life was and to experience it; to be here for it. To show up. There was a profound beauty in that death. It has taken me almost four years to realize that it was a huge impetus to putting me on the path that I am on. It is the path to consciously deciding to create a change in my life and open a new one for the sake of adhering to why I am here. As things move forward, it has shown itself to be a test of faith. Faith for me is a hard concept to swallow. It has also provided many lessons to unplug my head and plug in my heart - this one is going to take awhile since I live in my head.
This death was a wake up call to take action and that I needed to start to discover that I was worthy of that action. So here I am with this path and am open to what it brings. in the Tarot, the death card is change and we can bring it on ourselves via introspection and service, or it can be brought upon us. So onwards as I record this journey in my artwork, share this website/blog and eventually in service.
From Joseph Campbell:
“The call to adventure signifies that destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of this society to a zone unknown. This fateful region of both treasure and danger may be variously represented: as a distant land, a forest, a kingdom underground, beneath the waves or above the sky, a secret island, lofty mountaintop, or profound dream state; but it is always a place of strangely fluid and polymorphous beings, unimaginable torments, superhuman deeds and impossible delights.” – Joseph Campbell
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