I recently fell in love with this quote by Joseph Campbell, “We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And, where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find God. And, where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. And, where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And, where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”
To me, these words are all encapsulating to how powerful universal oneness is, connecting us all and securing in us the deepest sense of wholeness, as well as, serving as the question to which seekers can discover all their internal answers. Joseph Campbell, a master of mythology and brilliant mind, found the most elegant words to express this divinity with succinct perfection.
I believe we are all seekers; each searching for understanding in our lives. Some of us will lose ourselves in front of the television, unwilling to collapse the walls within us; others, pushing their bodies to the ultimate in fatigue to get a glimpse of the earth’s beauty from the world’s highest points. We are all wired differently.
I was listening to an interview of Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar and author. He beautifully described the path to transformation as being three boxes: Order, Disorder, and Reorder. He expressed how many conservative minds tend to stand within Order, continually rebuilding their box, unwilling to acknowledge changes within society that require evolution. He talked about a youthful, liberal mind, sloshing around in Disorder, never having learned the value of order and discipline – seeing it as conformist. He explained that there is no express train from Order to Reorder, or Disorder to Reorder – all three necessary to submerge ourselves in to experience the suffering and lessons required to touch upon the transformational Reorder. I found his insight an intriguing perspective on transformation.
To me, it seems many Americans shy away from the concept of universal oneness, somehow via biased towards others, or the perception that it challenges their religious beliefs. What’s curious is that loving one another is genuinely the main message in all major religions. And yet, when we are asked to embrace the world as though they are our mirror, our brother and sister, ignited by the same greater light, it somehow falls to rubble with people rebuilding the walls of their Order box, never to feel the enlightenment of compassion, self-growth, or the expansion of consciousness on its greatest level.
But, as Joseph Campbell points out, “the labyrinth is thoroughly known.” The paths to these highest wisdoms are cleared and awaiting all of mankind. That, in itself, speaks to the connecting thread that all of us hold within – to enter the labyrinth. Breathtaking in my opinion, and awe inspiring!
What about you? Have you entered the labyrinth? If not, what’s your hesitation? And where does that belief come from? Does that belief stand up to questioning? What do you fear discovering? And, if you have entered the labyrinth – what’s the inspiration that draws you forward? Why is it important to you? What’s the next step on your journey? Who have you supported along their journey? How do you serve others?
If you can see the walls of the box you are residing in, that releases you from its shadows. Internally lighting and flushing out the darkness, offering you space for something new within. You are always choosing, so choose wisely. There are tools all around us; we just have to train our mindset to allow them to capture our focus, and compel us with the strength to honor them.
I’m very excited to announce that I will be offering a one hour presentation at the Gaw Center of Union City, Michigan, on Saturday, October 7th, as part of their Moonlight Yoga series. This workshop is intended to create focus and clarity around the choices you are making that are defining your daily life. I hope all seekers will join us to discover a variety of new tools to assist you on your spiritual journey.