Would you describe yourself as a hero and your life as a quest for truth? You may not look at your life in that way but that is exactly what it is. You are the hero of this story, the one who must learn to triumph over adversity, to conquer demons, slay dragons, rescue yourself from the brink of disaster with scary creatures waiting to devour you if you fail. Your quest for truth is a journey into the deepest recesses of the darkest places you can imagine, where you must create the light that guides you through the darkness and figure out the path one step at a time.
You may agree with the above because your life does read like a Greek tragedy or a chapter from the Odyssey, and you have not yet found the success or triumph you have been hoping is around every corner and still feel like you are wandering around in the dark. But you can take comfort in knowing that each of us has this as the purpose of our life and everyone is on this mythical journey that they must struggle through as they hope to gain the clarity that will help them move out of the abyss and into the light.
While our hero’s journey may appear to have no purpose or logic—what is the point of all of that suffering and pain anyway—we have that belief because we don’t see our life from a 360 degree view. We are only focused on what is exactly in front of us which can, at times, appear to be the worst thing in the world. If we had a more expansive view, however, we would see that every situation contained everything we need to complete that journey. The problem is we don’t use our tools, we rely on others and think they have the answer and we don’t trust ourselves.
Before I explain about our tools and finding our own answers, I want to reveal our biggest downfall on our hero’s journey. And if you are a fan of mythology, as I am, you know that every hero faces this issue and what they do with it determines how they will fare on their journey. The downfall is what we do with our fear. We can either allow it to control us or we can know that it is going to be our traveling companion anyway so we may as well get to know and understand it. Fear is a constant presence because it is always a choice we can make of several that we have available to us. But it is never our only choice and we often forget that.
The tools you have are your mind, beliefs, thoughts and experiences. Through the mind you process information and create the thoughts that will manifest your reality. Your beliefs allow you to interpret the world in any way you choose. Experiences are the results you have had from the past and through them you know what works and what doesn’t, what gives you the results you want and what you prefer to stay away from. Is this how you view your tools? Maybe not.
You may believe that your mind’s activities are not within your control, that you have no control over your thoughts, your beliefs are hereditary, fixed or a little scary, and your experiences only serve to remind you of how misguided, confused, unlucky and powerless you are. With a simple shift, though, you can change that. That shift is to see your life as your hero’s journey, yourself as the hero and everything in your life as an adventure in understanding and transformation.
You must learn to see your mind as a powerful manifestation tool that activates the Universal energy through your thoughts. This is the only way your reality is created. In fact, it is the only way anyone’s reality is created. Your beliefs are not fixed and do not work without your input. But they do not change unless you commit to changing them. Every part of your past, every moment of your life, contains information you can use in the next moment when you take an expanded view of your life and see it as your hero’s journey to success, joy, love and a life that celebrates you.