What does the Hero’s Journey have to do with living your life’s purpose? Reflecting upon my own path, I would have to say they are in fact the same. We are all heroes of our own journey if we are willing to hear and heed the call. It’s a journey of faith through at times what may feel like walking through fog.
To be a Hero doesn’t mean we have to accomplish monumental deeds or be famous. Living your purpose doesn’t require extraordinary feats admired and recounted by thousands. It does require courage, determination, and of course facing challenges along the way. It also requires a willingness to press forward even when the destination remains hidden behind the clouds of everyday life. The good news is we are all equally equipped and called to be a hero. We are all called to the Hero’s Journey, to be tested, and in the end, triumph. Life itself is the path of the Hero’s Journey. Will you answer its call?
Joseph Campbell described the Hero’s Journey in his 1949 book “The Hero of a Thousand Faces” which has become the pattern for modern storytelling. It starts with a call from a ‘normal’ existence, to the start of a journey, trials and challenges along the way, and ultimately success. We are mesmerized by examples of those who heard and responded this call and despite insurmountable odds, ultimately prevailed. But is the Hero’s Journey limited to a select few or fantastical fairytales? Absolutely not!
My own Hero’s Journey has sometimes been desperate and meandering as I chased after my own ‘life purpose’. At times I was searching as if it had been written on a tablet somewhere to be found. I wondered at times if it was like the search for the Holy Grail, almost mystical or if I was searching for something that was simply a fantasy. There were times when the path was obscured and the goal seemed elusive. There were times when I asked myself if the journey was even worth the effort. After all, when I looked around me, most people seemed content to be working a job, making a comfortable living, planning for retirement, and living life in general.
Like many, I had convinced myself that life purpose was synonymous with what I did for a living or some noble cause I could be engaged in. I moved restlessly from one thing to another only to realize each time I still felt lost and dissatisfied. Each ‘failure’ resulted in greater determination and another adventure just waiting for something magical to happen. I was sure there was some future event or aha moment when it would all fall into place. Yet for all the searching, there remained an empty place in my life – I felt that perhaps I was destined to be just ordinary.
Deep within, I was aware of the call. It was a quiet voice beckoning me to greatness. Yet I was so busy chasing after it I didn’t pay attention or have enough courage to recognize the answer was within my soul all along. Living the life I thought I was supposed to live made me tone-deaf to the voice that had always been present. Once I finally acknowledged the voice, I embraced the fact it was time to take action.
What about you? Do you see the Hero within or do you feel like I did for so long that you are simply wandering in the wilderness looking for a clear answer? In future posts, I will share some of the secrets I have uncovered that may lead you to see like I did that you already have the answer to these deepest of questions (who am I and why am I here?).
I believe in the transformative power of human connection to elevate joy, restore balance, and support inner healing as you seek your highest purpose. My purpose in life is to be a guide, to share the wisdom of the Universe I’ve been gifted with, and to see others succeed. Nothing brings me greater joy than to see others step into their purpose in a vibrant and highly energetic way.
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