Joseph Campbell: The Hero's Journey
We all undertake a hero's journey when we venture onto this planet.
It may be grand or almost without notice
as long as your soul claims its true identity, its raison d'etre.
Joseph Campbell:* You rang, Ann? I believe Archangel Haniel** was also calling my name as I felt your spirit reach out for mine. And a very timely connection it is, for the world at this time is in need of the power of myths, archetypal stories that teach us the deeper truths that lie hidden in our hearts just waiting for excavation.
And I am happy to provide that catalyst. Each one of you is part of a mythic tradition endemic to your culture and heritage. You, Ann, have discovered a surprising affinity for the Runes, those ancient symbols of Nordic worlds whose meaning, though surrounded in mystery, can be extrapolated as much by intuition as study.
Divination tools, many, call them, similar to the Runes, the I Ching, the Tarot, the throwing of bones, and other scrying tools, are all avenues to intuitive knowledge. Which call you? Perhaps your connections are readily at hand through family tradition, stories, and lineage, or perhaps ancestors now and in other lives can lead you on your own hero’s journey.
My friends, we all undertake a hero's journey when we venture onto this planet. Everyone has a mission, a secret journey which for most of us is only gradually revealed as life unfolds. The fortunate few come in with a consciousness of the role they are meant to undertake as strong and obvious talents send them like guided missiles on a directed path.
Either way, many challenges will be presented. Our task if first to identify the challenge, and to do so, ego must be set aside for truth. This is the first and most monumental challenge that each of us face. Ask yourself, what are your talents, your gifts, your inclinations, and then what are your limitations? Where are you needed?
Arrogance and false modesty are equal enemies of these challenges. Each search must start with the conviction that you have a mission, maybe, a changing mission but one which you undertook when you came to the planet. It need not be spectacular, just a life journey that reveals your true identity as a beloved child of the Great Spirit. We were created in love for a reason and that discovering that reason is the sum total of the hero’s journey.
Get the first hint and follow that out, then the next, then the next. Sooner or later you will encounter fear and resistance, for the journey is never easy, and these are just some of the many obstacles the hero must confront. The process is the path and the power, not simply the end result-
This is the meaning of “Follow your bliss.” Not simple self-indulgence but a God given mission to rediscover and set out on the mission you undertook when you agreed to come here.
Some journeys take place with lightning speed, some are agonizingly slow. All will take you down to the fires of creation with its opposing elements and challenge you to make a decision that extends the cycle of holy evolution.
If you are willing to undertake the tasks of looking for your bliss, you will find it, for you have guides and angels at your side from the time of your creation and going forward into eternity, and, in so doing, you will become your own hero.
November 6, 2021
*Joseph John Campbell (1904 –1987) was an American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. Campbell's best-known work is his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), in which he discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero shared by world mythologies. Wikipedia
**Archangel Haniel. See previous post.
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