another link to something similar… http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/04/26/tony-orrico-human-spirograph/
I reblogged the first one. This the second: one correction though – I said that the Hero is an archetype – but really I meant to say that it is an archetypal journey through which the “hero” of the “story” passes through a version of the myth: the king, magician, prince, lover / queen, priestess, lover – etc. The “hero” in these cases is simply the person around whom the story revolves. It really has nothing to do with doing ‘good’ or ‘bad’ deeds. These posts, I imagine are not about the hero’s doing but rather the attitude with which they do it… Did I understand correctly?
In a recent post, I discussed heroes and anti-heroes in spy movies and westerns. This is the followup post I promised, but I’m going to leave the realm of popular heroes – those of fiction, entertainment, sports, and all who wear masks and tights. I’m going to discuss the heroes of myth, especially the “monomyth” as Joseph Campbell summarized it in The Hero With a Thousand Faces:
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”
Here is a graphic that makes the elements of this type of story clearer:
I can’t think of heroes without remembering James Hillman, (1926-2011), the father of archetypal psychology and one of the most creative thinkers…
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I wanted to reblog these two posts about “The Hero” in our culture and how it’s changed. This is the first post. The second is next.
The Hero is a part of everyone’s life journey. It is an Archetype. And it is interesting to note that: I’ve always thought that archetypes are a reflection of the Universe’s play on our Psyche. That we are all connected and we prove it by seeing that we all go through many archetypal manifestations throughout our lives. What this reminds me of is that the expressions of these Archetypes mirror our own psyche’s, the individual and the collective, and it gives us the opportunity to reflect and even monitor how we think we’re doing and how we really are doing.
I’ve done some car travel recently, and that is my favorite time to listen to audio books. This time I picked a spy novel by a popular author I hadn’t read before. I’ll discuss the specifics when I finish the story, but it sparked some new thoughts on a subject that I’ve written about before: heroes, antiheroes, and how they change with the times.
As a teenager, I loved reading James Bond novels and probably finished all 11 books that Ian Fleming wrote between 1952 and his death in 1964. In the novels and early movies, 007 was confident and competent in every area of life, including protecting a world in which good and evil were clearly defined. That wasn’t just the fantasy of an adolescent male; Fleming’s huge popularity suggests that Bond embodied much of the cultural dream of the early cold war era.
Fleming’s first novel, Casino Royale
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Vulnerability IS the human condition. Yes – You ARE vulnerable to EVERYTHING.
We get on a plane – we can catch a cold or worse. We could fall out of the sky – yet we fly!
We live, work, ride on buses, drive on highways, interact with people who are in variant stages of insanity (including us) yet most of us get home every night. By the GRACE of the Universe, we do not live in a war zone!
We get up every morning and we step into the world in some form or another.
We are by virtue of being human – Vulnerable.
What a cruel joke it is that at a moments notice you could be gone – heart attack, stroke, getting hit by a car – simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time… or is it right place at the right time… There are countless stories about people ‘cheating’ death in one instance and weeks/months later It catching up with them.
Our hearts are vulnerable – how many of us have lost those near and dear to us, family, friends, lovers one way or another? Everyone has! Being in relationship is part of the human condition which is what makes vulnerability a part of the human condition. You can’t “fight” it – it is not “like height”. It is not measurable, it is not material – it is as it is.
Stop fighting it. Let go!
Beyond the layer of fear is a place of warmth that is the embrace of the Divine. The Ecstatic Surrender. Do this and vulnerability will not be your enemy. Look at the sculpture of the “Ecstasy of St. Teresa” by Bernini – it is her surrender to the Will of God – Ecstasy through Grace.
To know and live through your own heart is to know the Divine – and isn’t that ultimately what we are here for!?
Give up the need for control. Shit happens for better or worse. If you must, learn from it. We always want reasons for everything – ‘why’ is a question that can never be answered. Especially to our satisfaction – so let go.
Everything makes sense when you die to your own idea of yourself. Fear of vulnerability comes from an Identification with the small self. Me and I; an attachment to you and your physical and mental ability to stave off intruders. To protect oneself at all costs – to the cost of one’s Heart (not the sentimental heart though).
Non-attachment is key.
This energy that we live, flows through us whatever we are masquerading as – take it off – take off your costume and live as you truly are.
Lovely vid of Sharath in Copenhagen. Wish I were there…
vid by Alessandro Sigismondi.
This is a good read. It expresses the way that I feel about the yoga industry and those who “belong” to it and tote the belief that if you “do the right thing” all will be perfect.
Frankly, I couldn’t have said it better myself… great Pema quotation at the end! Read on…!
What I Love and Hate about Tantra and Sacred Sex: Have you ever experienced the kind of relationship that, years after it’s ended, you look back and think, “how is it possible …
This post (see link above) is a very honest portrayal of what happens during the Spiritual journey.
Everyone’s journey is expressed differently through different passages and avenues. We all go through a kind of right or ritual when a part of ourselves needs to manifest. Each passage is different in how it is expressed and the intensity with which it is expressed. Some of us do not even feel that there is a need at all. Or worse, we are not directed correctly by the people we trust – hopefully eventually, most of us who are seeking can find the way on our own…
In this case, this woman’s psyche led her in a Tantric/Sacred Sexual direction – just because of what her organism at that moment in time needed. This was her right of passage that she believed would end the emptiness, and the fear.
After going along this journey fully and completely in full surrender, I would imagine she need not visit this particular part of herself again. On the other hand, like it is with the spiritual process – this experience may just be the tip of the iceberg and there may be things yet to uncover… I don’t know.
This woman like so many of us pursued a particular path in order to find what she thought she lacked and in the end came to the same conclusion which is offered at the outset of any spiritual teaching – “…that which I seek was within me all along.” It doesn’t matter who you are and what you believe or what you are told – we all have to go through the ‘fire’ in order to heal, to become conscious and whole. We must experience whatever it is we need to in order to live fully and develop deeply. It doesn’t matter what anyone tells you or what you understand intellectually, living our lives fully means to dive into parts of ourselves by doing things, experiencing what might seem risky, shameful or embarrassing. This passage this woman took is like many passages we all take in our lives over and over again. I’m sure if she thought back on it – this wasn’t the first time she’s encountered something like this and… it won’t be her last.
This is how we unfold!
Namaste – na*ma*ste – exclamation
Literally “I bow to the divine in you.” A traditional Indian greeting of respect and thanks with spiritual and symbolic meaning. Said with a gesture of the palms pressed together in the middle of the forehead (third eye) or at the heart, and lightly bowing the head and shoulders.
Yes. That’s why I like to translate this word as “greeting” and not “prayer”. It is an expression of and for community not of silent contemplation. You express these words outwardly to others in greeting them. Like similar words in languages such as hebrew, french and hungarian (there are others, I’m sure), these words express a consciousness of the Divine and the Spirit within and our Connection to these – and our recognition of these, the Divine and Spirit, in others.