Many of you know about this already and have heard me describe the many ways that The Hero’s and The Heroine’s Journey can transport us to the top of Freedom Mountain. It’s an old story, told in many ways…and it’s worth repeating.
The Hero’s Journey is all about the outer challenges we may encounter—the hard scrappy obstacles, the roadblocks that feel impassable—-you know them well!—the lost job, a friend’s betrayal, a broken bone or illness. Sometimes, we need physical strength to lift these boulders and that’s where consistent self-care is so important. We need to give our bodies respect and nourishment so we can keep on the path.
The Heroine’s Journey is the inner one—where we face ourselves—-our doubts and fears are going to raise their heads, our debilitating lack of confidence or over-abundance of ego. We question ourselves over and over—-why are we doing this? Who are we to make this journey?
Both journeys are important and both are necessary.
How you answer the call to these journeys is up to you. But if you are reading this now, then I have a sneaky suspicion that you are hearing the call and are willing to strap on your boots 🙂 Why? Because you know this is a call to a more meaningful life, to greater joy and genuine prosperity!
Remember Freedom Mountain has three sides: Self, Relationships and Work or Service. Eventually you are going to go up all three sides, but you probably want to start with Self. Here’s where we develop the physical and spiritual strength to know ourselves—here’s where we become our authentic selves.
And by the way, I want to remind you that HOW you decide to travel is crucial. Which vehicle will you choose?
Will you make this journey in fear or in love? You know the difference.
Either you’ve done it yourself or you’ve watched other people struggle through their ups and downs and get side- tracked by fear to what I call the mean-spirited road side house—-a house full of anxiety, addiction and any number of other distractions.
Now I want to be clear, we will all meet with ups and downs—-this is the way this journey goes. But if we do it with Love, instead of fear, we will eventually meet these challenges and move closer to our goal. And because we are travelling with Love, we will move there as a fully expressed whole person.
And don’t forget the Villagers—-the folks at the base camp of Freedom Mountain. We need them too…this is not a solitary journey. We need their warmth and support and we need to give warmth and support to them too.
There is a magnificent weaving and rhythm to this journey…and this is really the point. It’s not about the top of the mountain. It’s about the beautiful, personal song that you create as you learn how to move up and down—over and through those challenges, trusting in your path, loving yourself and others, enjoying the rhythm you are moving to—-creating a dance that is yours alone.
No one else will move up Freedom Mountain in quite the same way as you…you will play your own music and dance with the joy of simply doing it with love.
Happy Journey to each and every one of you!
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