“What is it we are questing for? It is the fulfillment of that which is potential in each of us. Questing for it is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself. There is nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way you will find, live, become a realization of your own personal myth.”
Joseph Campbell, “Pathways to Bliss”
Following your heart, following your bliss…some would have you believe those are selfish mantras for life, but what if they are the most important part of creating a life with meaning and purpose? The hero’s journey as Joseph Campbell calls it, is the quest to be our most authentic, fulfilled selves and it allows us to be fully present to our own lives while losing all interest in and ability to judge people or circumstances, for we are each finding our own path.
It is an amazing gift that allows us a glimpse into truly living in the now. Not regretting, blaming, or grieving over the past. Not worrying about controlling people or events in the future. Letting go, complete surrender to this moment, this gift, this person with no conditions. Knowing that each of us has a responsibility…beyond society’s norms and expectations, beyond what others may label as “right” or “wrong,” beyond the paralysis of fear. Our responsibility is to ourselves. To bring to this world the brightest, most shimmery, vibrant, color-fused, passionate version of who we are intended to be. That is when we come alive. That is when we change the world.
It takes courage. It involves risks. But, I can tell you, from this side of the chasm…feeling more awake and present for my own life than ever before…it is worth it. And the world needs you!
~ For a little inspiration, listen to this song by Shawn Mullins…we are born to shimmer!
To being you,