It’s through our suffering that we potentially find our salvation
Even a cursory study of the Judeo-Christian tradition, as well as Nordic, Greek, Egyptian, Hermetic, Persian and many others will show the true student that each and every hero of all myths (no exception) went through tremendous suffering, agony, pain, disillusionment, and sometimes premature death. All of them!
What does this have to do with increasing your finances, growing your business, and expanding true wealth and fulfillment in all areas of your life? Oh, let’s see… just about everything!
Stick with me.
How is it that, in our traditional pop-spiritual beliefs and personal development practices, we so conveniently overlook the pain and suffering experienced by all the heroes of our myths?
As stated last time, my experience is that the greatest disservice we’ve done to ourselves, is to turn mythology into some type of ancient historical newspaper report that recounts an actual occurrence multiple thousands of years ago. This was never the original intention.
Now, I know this is quite controversial, and you may disagree with me, but before you’re quick to judge and/or write it off, please do some of your own research.
Check out the myth of Mithras of the Persian tradition; Hercules (Heracles) of the Greek; Dionysus; and Horus of the Egyptian just for starters. Your research might prove quite enlightening. The parallels of life, virgin births, birth date and location, death, miracles and just downright plagiarism might be scary and shocking to say the least! All of these predate Christianity by the way—all of them!
“I awoke, only to find that the rest of the world is still asleep.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci
In my experience this realization does not disrespect the hero of the myth, (particularly the Christian prophet) or any belief system—quite the contrary. It enlightens us to the true meaning and significance of the myth and the message. It allows us to realize the greater and grander meaning that’s permeated the human psyche since antiquity—throughout all cultures and all times. It brings these great illustrations and analogies to relevance for me and for you in today’s world.
Personally I’m really not attached to what you believe. I’m not here to change your beliefs. Life moves us all forward at our own perfect pace. As I’ve stated before: I respect all beliefs and all stages of awareness and development. All roads lead to the proverbial Rome; and all roads are an integral part of the one road, to the one destination.
My only commitment is to help, support, and facilitate (in any way that I possibly can), you to see life clearly. To experience true joy and fulfillment versus some trumped up, plastic, and romanticized fantasy. To experience heaven here and now as was originally taught and defined—versus waiting for some condo on a cloud (reference Alchemy 1).
To allow you to turn crisis and challenge into opportunity, grow your business, increase fulfillment in all areas; and continually expand your life. And to possibly provide my own experience so as to in some way assist you through your own awakening to the true adventure of life—real Life!
To those ends, I think that ancient myths and their heroes become relevant once again when we wake up and realize that all of them are lessons and roadmaps for the fuller expansion, experience, and expression of the soul. Do you get that? And these teachers, prophets and myths showed us the way… if we’re open to learn, listen and apply.
But our romantic fantasies so often would rather have us chase some belief system or savior that we must buy into that’s going to “save us” from the hard work; the frequent suffering that comes along with that work (which inevitably occurs as the BS is peeled away. Reference Alchemy 10); and do everything for us. Wouldn’t we?
Because all we must do of course is “think positive, learn some ‘law,’ ask forgiveness, or accept an icon or belief system” Right? Wrong. I sincerely hope that you know by now my new definition of true positive thinking. (reference Alchemy 10).
When we understand the lessons of mythology as examples of what must happen within us, and within our own consciousness, we realize that we must not worship the hero… we must become the hero. Not worship the myth… but become and live the myth!
Worshipping the hero is like idolizing the advertisement versus accessing and utilizing the product. For the teacher, prophet, hero is but a reflection of the grander Product and Principle that operates in and through us all. Ponder that one.
There’s always a price for the prize. And no belief in anyone or anything will “pay the price for us” so that we can just have the prize. Are you getting this?
No magical thinking, visualizing, or attraction. No super neurological brain technique. No external secret or savior of any kind.
These things at best can be supportive, possibly point a way, or maybe accelerate the process somewhat. But the way still has to be walked by you; and you alone.
To know the path is commendable…
To walk the path is rare indeed
I know I might be pushing buttons. But since you’re still here and reading maybe not. Maybe you’re ready. If you are, then I’m speaking only to you.
I could be wrong. I don’t think so; and only time will tell. Please check your own life experience.
So ultimately what are these great myths telling us?
How can we bring them into a modern age and give them relevance once again?
Why have we turned mythology into a “newspaper report” about an actual figure in the past, versus a Universal Message for the development of the human soul? Of our own soul?
Why have we been sold a story of quick fix, magic, fantasy, and follow me?
More importantly… why have we bought it?
What has to happen for us to grow up, leave stage one (while still respecting it for where it’s brought us), and step forward in our own development, evolution and fulfillment?
These questions are all broad and deep; and may take a lifetime of pondering. Yet in my opinion they’re well worth the time and effort.
The first step in this journey is to let go of the fantasy of stage one; and to see life clearly—exactly as it is. This takes true courage. This takes letting go of fantasy and romanticism. This takes a willingness to live—to really live!
What is Life for you? What does it mean to really live?
More to come…
Stay awake and Love Life,