Thursday, March 10, 2005

Where The Path Leads

We are all heroes in our own little worlds when, day to day we choose to consciously move into the void on faith, surrendering to the path only we may walk. We must walk this wilderness path by ourselves, but we do not have to walk it alone, for with us is a guiding light and inborn compass fashioned in eternity and instilled in us at our birth. It is the very act of taking the first step on our journey that ignites the spark of light and orients the compass showing us our way, but only a few choose to leave the comforts of all they have ever know to seek that which is calling. We are fearful of all that is beyond us but there is no other way for us to go. Courage comes when we enter the way and grace rises up to meet us when we begin.

So we journey into the bliss of our unknowing. What appears to us as answers along the way most often are illusions testing our resolve to walk the edge, for we may choose at anytime to leave the trail we are on and return to safety. We must decide at each perilous crevice and outreach where we are forced to leap into the void whether to accept certain answers and continue on or challenge the semblance of what is right or wrong. There is no escaping that leap into the void, but the power of our inner voice propels us to firm ground and looking back we discover how much smaller the leap seems from our newfound perspective.

Resolved in our confidence and with a brighter light now gleaming we see that our way is still true and struggle on until we reach that which is ours to discover. It has been waiting for us; undisturbed, pure, and hidden in open view. It is sweeter than any words can describe and has more value than a mountain of gold. It is larger than the rolling sea and yet small enough to hold in the center of our being.

We return to the world outside of ourselves and bring with us all of our experiences and the fullness of our treasure. We now have answers as to what lies beyond our confines but we know we cannot share the truth of our journey fully with others, we know that those who seek must journey for themselves. We do, however, let this truth and treasure live inside of us and in doing so, we become a beacon that reveals itself in the way we live our lives. The greatest thing we can do for ourselves and all of mankind is to take this journey, return, and live fully knowing our truest and highest self.

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Excerpt from "Joseph Campbell- The Power Of Myth, with Bill Moyers”

MOYERS: But aren’t many visionaries and even leaders and heroes close to the edge of neuroticism?

CAMPBELL: Yes, they are.

MOYERS: How do you explain that?

CAMPBELL: They’ve moved out of the society that would have protected them, and into the dark forest, into the world of fire, of original experience. Original experience has not been interpreted for you, and so you’ve got to work out your life for yourself. Either you can take it or you can’t. You don’t have to go far off the interpreted path to find yourself in very difficult situations. The courage to face the trials and to bring a whole new body of possibilities into the field of interpreted experience for other people to experience – that is the hero’s deed.

2 Comments:

Blogger Trev Diesel said...

I love reading Joseph Campbell. He, like you in this post, helps bring out the hero within - to help us see life as a journey with voyages and wild monsters and fantastic opportunities. The search for the holy grail.

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ps - it reminds of this new Pirate movie coming out... you hear of it? It's rated "Arrrgghhh!" ;)

11:09 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

This “guiding light and inborn compass fashioned in eternity” is what has us ripen ineluctably, like fruit, without effort. With the courage of our first step, the Way unfolds before us. It is the very “power of our inner voice (that) propels us” toward this awakening. “It has been waiting for us; undisturbed, pure, and hidden in open view. It is sweeter than any words can describe and has more value than a mountain of gold. It is larger than the rolling sea and yet small enough to hold in the center of our being.”

Elegant, and so pure and true, like Grace rising up to meet us. Thank you, Tommy, for gracing us with this message.

11:57 AM  

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