Entering the Dark Forest of the Psyche

Entering the Dark Forest of the Psyche

Bring the Hero Myth Alive Right Now, Right Where You Are     Entering the Dark Forest of the Psyche: Going Down Into Our Unconscious Depths       “Each entered the Forest Adventurous at the point which he himself had chosen, where it was darkest and there was no way or path.” The Quest For the Holy Grail                                                – Anonymous 13th Century monk  Once we cross the threshold into the mythic realm of adventure, moving beyond the threshold guardians at the boundary of the safety and familiarity, we must leave behind a well-worn path that has already been made before us, to enter the multi-dimensional and mythic realms of the psychic forest.  In these realms, we enter inner territory where a previous path does not (and cannot) exist.  We make our own path, as we go. In this phase of the soul’s journey, the distinctive feature of the interior world (as well as the external landscape) is the lack of a clear path before us.  The clear way is not already laid out for those who undertake the hero adventure of awakening to what is most essential.  Myths of the soul unfold little by little, over time.  If we are paying close attention to that unfolding, then each little part of the journey can be remarkable. Joseph Campbell once said, “if a path already exists, it is somebody else’s path”.   We have to make our own path as we go, otherwise it is not an adventure of the soul.  That would be more like a guided tour.  If the path is already laid before us, it may be someone else’s...