Monday, January 01, 2007

The Hero's Adventure

The Hero: Someone who has found or done something beyond the normal range of achievement and experience.

A hero is someone who has given his/her life to something bigger than himself.

There are 2 types of deeds for a hero:

1. The physical deed. In which the hero performs a courageous act in battle or saves a life.
2. The spiritual deed. In which the hero learns to experience the supernormal range of human spiritual life and then comes back with a message.

Usual hero adventure:
1a. Protagonist has something taken from him or
1b. Protagonist feels something lacking in normal experiences available or permitted to the members of his socity.
2. Hero then goes off on a series of adventures beyond the ordinary, to recover what has been lost or to discover some life-giving elixir. (A going and returning).

To evolve out of position of psychological immaturity to the courage of self-responsibility and assurance requires a death and resurrection. That's the basic motif of the hero's journey—leaving one condition and finding the source of life to bring you forth into a richer or mature condition.

Even if we happen ot to be heroes in the grand sense of redeeming society, we still have to take that journey inside ourselves, spiritually and psychologically.

There's a certain type of myth which one might call the vision quest, going in quest of a boon, a vision, which ahs the same form in every mythology.

You leave the world you're in and go into a depth or into a distance or up to a height.

Then you come to what was missing in your consciousness in the world you formerly inhabited.

Then comes the problem of either staying with that and letting the world drop off or returning with that boon and trying to hold on to it as you move back into your social world again. That's not an easy thing to do.

There are two kinds of heroes: one who chooses to go on the quest and the other that is thrust into it.

Our life evokes character, you find out more about yourself as you go on. That's why it's good to be able to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower.

The quest to find the inward thing that you basically are. The transition from childhood to maturity...

Other motifs:
1. A swordmaster, or mentor.
2. Temptation and trials.
3. Descent into darkness.
4. Transcendence or resurrection.
5. A source of primal power, the force, God, etc.
6. A monster. (or psychologically, the binding of oneself to one's ego).

The adventure of the hero is the adventure of being alive.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Our Purpose In Life

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Our purpose in life is to do good.

Our purpose is to be a force for good.

As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi noted, everything not just energy, but relationships, structure and society all increase in entropy.

Unless we nurture our relationships with our wife, children, family, friends, colleagues, it will decay.

To create increase in entropy, will energy must be utilized, a conscious effort must be made.

Jesus calls us to be the "salt of the world", "the light of the world". Salt prevents decay, salt must be gathered and applied. Light needs a fuel source to burn brightly.

We are called to do good works, which have been prepared in advance for us to do. We should think each day, "What good is there that I have a joyful duty to fulfil today?"

Doing good takes effort. Everything from doing the laundry, to work and play takes effort. We must be aware of the good in each situation and context in which it takes place in. A certain action in one instance may be good but in another may be bad.

Our doing good is part of the big picture of life. We are part of a grander plan, far beyond what our minds can conceive. We may never fully see the big picture, but we can concentrate on the task before us, that is at hand.

We must always choose to do good in each situation, and not just good, but the best option of goodness available. They say the enemy of the best is not the bad but the second best.

If we are not choosing the best, then what are we then choosing?

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:10)