Using an ancient map to find our way home . . .
Using an ancient map to find our way home . . .

I keep this poem by Rumi in a frame on my desk because long ago I learned from Soygal Rinpoche’s writings that our mind is like a flea. Thanks to him, one day when I was seriously considering suicide I sat and watched my mind for a few minutes and saw clearly for the first time that I was not thinking thoughts, thoughts were thinking me — and that if I developed the awareness to watch my thoughts and let them go my life would change. That is when I began my journey to become a meditator.

Greg and I moved to a new town in October, and this move has been much more difficult than I expected. Then, just as we got settled, I was hit with three health issues that required immediate attention. Working to get my health and energy back is especially challenging because I am dealing with three different issues at the same time in an unfamiliar city without my long-term doctors.

So my new program, Resilient Hero, has had to take a back seat because of the move and my health issues. I (my thoughts) began to despair that I would never get back to my project. And I (my thoughts) was now feeling old — being 74 never even touched me before as I have been strong, in good health, doing work I love — but I have not able to sail through this move the way I have always done in the past. And, my Mother began her descent into Alzheimers at this age, and this thought created a movie clip of her decline which wormed its way into the stream of scary, depressing thoughts as well.

I had told myself at the beginning of the move that this “adventure” would contribute to my Resilient Hero program as I overcame obstacles and leaped tall buildings with a single bound. This is not what has happened and I have been feeling lost and a bit hopeless.
And then I remembered two of the more important lessons I’ve learned in my lifetime. One was learning to meditate and be aware of my thoughts, to know that they are just thoughts, to know that my mind is like a flea and thoughts can change in an instant. And the other was to ignore that silly “What would you do if you couldn’t fail?” question, the one that creates the impression that failing is to be avoided, when that is how we learn.
Now I see that bringing my experiences while struggling to become a meditator (as I wrote about in Choosing To Be), and my deep understanding of The Hero’s Journey, which taught me that all heroes are afraid, and all heroes fail, is exactly what I need to bring into the program. We are all living in Dante’s Inferno today, and now on top of that, the experience of so many women coming forward all at once with their stories may be triggering our own stories and our own anger. It is easy to feel like the ground has been taken from beneath our feet. This is why it is of paramount importance that we learn to watch our thoughts and not let them run away with us. Now is the time when we need to take comfort in the 4000 year old Hero’s Journey, the journey that teaches us over and over again that all heroes feel lost, that they are afraid, that they stumble and fail, and that ultimately they are transformed by the journey. 

An ancient map exists to help us get out of this swamp and find our way back home — it is The Hero’s Journey. You can get your free copy of my ebook about the journey, its history, how I have used it in my life, and how learning how to use it can help you move from feeling victimized and angry to a place of courage and willingness to learn from 4000 years of heroes. I hope you will read the ebook, and share this post with your friends as well.

My plan is to have my Resilient Hero program ready in March. It will include my online guided adventure in learning the twelve steps of the Hero’s Journey. This is our map. And the Resilient Hero program will teach you the eleven skills and abilities you must possess to follow the map, transcend the swamp, and transform yourself into a new kind of hero.

Enter your email below to get your free copy of “Awakening Your Hero’s Journey: Invoking the Power of Myth.” I will also be announcing an opportunity to participate in Beta testing some pieces of the Resilient Hero program. You will receive an email in early February inviting you to be part of the Beta Test if you are willing to spend time to take the quiz, do one of the lessons, and answer my feedback questionnaire. I look forward to learning from you . . .

4 responses to “Using an ancient map to find our way home . . .”

  1. Jim tipping says:

    Hey… glad to see this post from you. I’d love to read the book. 🙂

    • admin says:

      Great! Just enter your email at the bottom of the page, confirm, and the link for the PDF will arrive in your email. Would love to talk with you about it after you have a chance to read it. ~~ Kat

  2. Kat- wishing well, and a solid road to recovery. I, as always would love to contribute.

    • admin says:

      Thanks Georgia — I look forward to your insights and and ideas! I’m eager to dive back into Resilient Hero and figure out how to design my program so that it can keep up with these rapid changes and increasingly hostile environment.

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