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

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

Building Strong Relationships Affirmation

This meditative affirmation infuses your mind with a firm belief that you are fantastic at building and maintaining relationships. Listen to the recording in a quiet place where you can close your eyes and really focus or listen passively.

For best results, listen with headphones or earbuds and listen regularly.

THE AFFIRMATION:

  • First person: I build and maintain strong relationships with the people around me. (repeats 18 times)
  • Second person: You build and maintain strong relationships with the people around you. (repeats 18 times)

Thank you stopping by. I appreciate your support of this blog and my work. Just in case no one else has reminded you today, YOU ARE awesome!

Ray

Roses and Jasmine or Thorns?

Social Media is an amazing sphere for human connection. It allows people to share what’s going on in their lives with friends and family. It also gives us a constant and ready stream of things to be angry, fearful, and stressed about.

Those who have an interest in sewing anger, fear, and stress are well aware of that potential. As consumers of information, we must be too!

There’s only so much “the sky is falling” “evil is winning” “I’m being oppressed” you can expose yourself to before that BECOMES the sum of your conscious awareness every day.

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, you’re also what you repetitively think and focus your attention on.

We all know there are real challenges facing us individually and collectively now and in the future. That’s our lot as human beings. The challenges never end until we move on.

Our choice lies in how we process those challenges and what we choose to spend our daily awareness on.

The great Persian mystic Rumi wrote about this a thousand years ago and said it more poetically than I ever could.

“When you go to a garden, do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with roses and jasmine.”

Facebook and other social media, traditional media, politics; they’re all filled with flowers and thorns.

Which do you go looking for? Which do you post and spread across this nexus of human awareness we call social media?

There are real threats that deserve to be taken seriously. These platforms are amazing for sharing information about them.

I guess what I’m suggesting is to be careful not to seed the field of your mind with constant and terrifying negativity. For what you plant the field of your consciousness, will grow and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Roses and Jasmine or thorns? In the garden and on Facebook, the choice is ours.

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

Ray

6 Life Ownership Affirmations

Good Saturday, my friends. Especially in challenging times, it’s easy to begin thinking you have no control over the outcome of your life.

You might feel like driftwood floating on the ocean of life going wherever the waves push you. It can be an appealing concept, in some ways, to believe your helpless and powerless against the forces of life.

True, there are some rules in this game we’ve agreed to play that we can’t change. We’re born and we die. We may have bad things happen to us as a child that were not in our control. We may have illness or hardship visit our lives.

Even the negative effects of these “rules of the game” can be mitigated by empowered thinking and determined action. Beyond these few broad outlines, pretty much everything else in your life is a choice.

You may have to work to earn a living, but you don’t “have to” stay in that job. It may be easier to stay in a difficult relationship than to start over, but you don’t “have to.” You may have a bucketload of responsibility, but that doesn’t mean you “have to” abandon your dreams.

You have. You have choices. You have the power.

Here are some affirmations for affirming that power. use them regularly for best results.

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

Ray