The Hero’s Journey – How Do We Apply It in Our Lives?

Hey, my friends. Last night was my second episode of Excursions in the Mind on the Stay Home and Come With Me Network. In presentation, I discuss a topic very near and dear to my heart – Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.

I first came across this metaphor about 30 years ago and have used in my own life. I break down what it is, how Campbell came up with it, and how we can effectively apply this journey to answer the calls to adventure in our lives.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

Some Thursday Morning #RayQuotes

Good morning, my friends. I hope you and your families are safe and well this morning. Here are some RayQuotes to ponder today.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Why Affirmation Repetition Matters

Most people involved in a personal spiritual journey or personal development get the value of affirmations. What’s often not understood is why repetition is so important to shifting your paradigms.

Our conscious and subconscious minds are both constantly filtering information about the world around us. We often use that power of the conscious mind to our benefit. It helps us find our friend in a crowd of faces or pick the best bananas at the store.

However, the subconscious mind filters without your control. It will show you the world IT expects or seeks. It’s filtering your world all day every day. It’s filtering it based on its dominant thought or mindset. If it chooses to see the negative, the obstacles, and all the problems in the world, that’s the world it presents to you.

The problem is, for the vast majority of people, that negative vision is what you’ll get unless you intervene. You see, for most the human species’ existence, identifying danger was the constant concern of the subconscious mind. That’s why it continues to be the default setting.

You may say or listen to an affirmation a few times and you’re conscious mind says, “I’ve got it.” That’s great, but your subconscious mind does not yet. If you want to change that subconscious filter, you must bombard your subconscious constantly with thoughts of your choosing to help shift its paradigm to begin showing you hope, opportunity, and the positives in the world.

One only need look at today’s headlines to see what happens when we don’t shift this process. Everywhere what divides us, limits us, prevents us from being more is the dominant thought of the popular culture.

That’s because it’s the dominant thought of an untrained collective human subconscious.

Retraining that collective subconscious is done one person at at time by feeding it with more positive thoughts, images, and ideas to help it begin selecting a better paradigm and eventually a better world for us all to live in.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, You ARE awesome!

Ray

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Thoughts Literally Create Our Lives and Our Headlines

The message of affirmations, raising your vibration, and shifting the world is not really complex. It’s ubiquitous as the baseline of spiritual teachings from around the world. That premise is now backed by decades of scientific confirmation. As Mike Dooley says, “Thoughts become things.”

1) Our feelings become our thoughts.
2) Our thoughts become our actions.
3) Our actions become our individual lives.
4) The same is true for everyone else around us.
5) Our collective feelings, thoughts, and actions become our daily headlines.

There’s a simple valve at the beginning of that process. Most humans, for whatever reason – nature, nurture, or both – have a rather negative default setting that forms the basis of their feelings. Unguarded, that negativity passes into their thoughts and actions and becomes the world we see around us.

Meditation, prayer, affirmations are all methods for learning to guard the the thoughts by raising their vibration to something productive rather than destructive.

We are constantly telling ourselves a story about our world and ourselves. That story generally creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Those thoughts:

I am/I am not
I can/I can’t
I’m amazing/I’m f’d up

are constantly flowing through our minds, into our actions, and out into the world. Because it’s unconscious and mainly reactionary, unless we consciously choose to change it, our world winds up being a summation of that thinking and those actions.

People are angry and empty and they don’t even know why.

All I’m saying is two simple things:

1) You’re in control of your thoughts and they go a long way toward creating your life.
2) The more people get that and apply it, the better world we’ll collectively create.

It’s not vapid, vague, or incomprehensible. It’s backed by tons of modern science and 5000 thousand years of spiritual teaching. Anyone can apply these principles by controlling that valve between raw emotion and productive thoughts and actions that move us forward.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, TOU are awesome!

Ray

The Answers: They’re Here and Now Not There and Then

Just like a person, a nation and a species cannot look anywhere and not see its conscious or unconscious choices manifested.

Indifference to injustice burns things down as surely as a match. Intolerance for different opinions ends a civil society. Playing into the game of “Us” and “Them” only allows the gatekeepers of an unhappy status quo to extend their games of control.

Mindset makes us and mindsets break us. If we live by our aspirations rather than our grievances, we’ll climb every mountain that stands between us and better future.

If we choose to persist in paradigms that keep us weak, divided, and conquered; there’s probably no way to prevent our eventual self-destruction.
That choice does not begin with anyone else. It does not depend on the outcome of any election. It starts with you and me and it starts right now!

Don’t worry. That’s great news. You don’t have to count on anyone to begin the change but you.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray