The Call To Adventure – Time To Be Taken By The Soul’s Journey

The Call To Adventure – Time To Be Taken By The Soul’s Journey

The Call to Adventure: When The Time Comes To Be Taken By The Soul’s Journey by Michael Mervosh   One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations- though their melancholy was terrible.   It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice, which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do- determined to save the only life you could save. – Mary Oliver    Joseph Campbell said that in the Western world we have both the freedom and the obligation of finding out what our destiny is. How do we discover how to live our own particular personal myth, while at the same time living in the midst of the mundane things of our everyday world? How can we ever learn to bring a deeper awareness to matters that lie beyond all the things of this world that pre-occupy us, and demand our immediate attention? How do we find the space and time to take...
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...