This Portal focuses upon the first part of life – finding your way, discovering your passions and talents, conquering trials, navigating obstacles, encountering great falls, and living a life of meaning and significance.
The yearning one feels in the deepest part of one’s heart, a calling impossible to ignore – this is the beginning of the adventure.
The Great Journey to Finding the Extraordinary in Yourself.
Frequently we find that after all of the hard work we’ve expended “climbing the ladder,” we experience a collapse of purpose and meaning in life: The Dark Night of the Soul.
At the end of the journey, the hero returns with a boon for humanity.
November 23, 2013
“The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, ‘Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.’ And so it starts.”
– Joseph Campbell
Ironically, most great heroic journeys begin with the eventual hero refusing to heed their calling! This deep yearning, a gnawing feeling that simply won’t relent, can seem crazy, impractical, imprudent. “You’ll never make a living doing that! Be practical, don’t be childish!” people will often say, not so much at the audacity of your calling but at the deep doubt and fears that inhabit their own hearts.
Yet, as Campbell points out, the great heroic journey begins with a step into the unknown, but not alone. One is guided by one’s intuition and unquenchable passion to follow that path no matter how impractical or crazy it may seem.
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”
– Dr. Jaime G. Corvalan, MD, FACS The venerable author Helen Luke, in her powerful book “Old Age,” touches on a wide variety of issues including aging,