Right now, external circumstances are pushing millions of us out of our comfort zones and spinning our lives in a completely different direction. Everything seems to be changing or disappearing rapidly. And to make it worse, we are being told it could go on indefinitely.
Deep down we all probably know that this is a defining moment in our lives and that it will change us forever.
Even though it seems like we are losing control of almost everything, we DO have control over our mindset. We could stay in the fear, get angry, worry ourselves sick, and essentially make this a horrifying experience.
Or we could use this experience to learn to love everyone and everything, and most of all, become a hero in our own lives—someone who showed courage, who we respect and admire. Most refer to this process as a hero’s journey.
A Hero’s Experience or Journey…
1 THE CALLING OR REQUEST
Many times, the calling begins with a tragic event or a predicament we’re facing—an external pressure. It is something that abruptly happens, throws us off guard, and turns our life upside down.
It could be concerning a loved one, a sudden illness or a pandemic, a death or several deaths, being laid off or furloughed, being a victim of a criminal act, a severe accident, an unexpected breakup, being trapped in close quarters with family members, too much alone time, being unfairly treated, an act of mother nature/extreme weather, or anything else that hurls us out of our comfort zone.
Then there are times that the calling begins more gradually, hardly noticeable at first, then becoming more intense with time. It’s a feeling of dissatisfaction and discomfort. Something doesn’t quite feel right, like a yearning of some sorts to be filled—something that rises up from deep within.
With Both Pressures…
With both beginnings, the calling’s pull makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to turn back. We may not like it, but we know deep inside, this different direction—wherever it takes us and however long it takes—is destined and is our mission to follow through.
A Special Note…
Probably all callings initially begin with internal pressures. It’s more noticeable to those people who pay attention to how they feel and practice using their inner guidance or intuition. Psychics and INFJ personality types (according to the MBTI Personality Test) can often feel an underlying uneasiness and discomfort in themselves, other individuals, and even with the general population before the external pressure becomes obvious.
2 REFUSAL OF THE CALL OR REQUEST
We have the tendency to deny, avoid, resist, or fight against the call, trying desperately to return back to the way our life used to be—to our comfort zone. We are scared to death that we are going to lose all the good things we had going for us, and that our deviation from our old lifestyle will lead to a disaster.
Along with observing our life being pulled in a completely different direction, there is a tremendous amount of doubt about whether we are capable of even completing the hero’s experience or journey.
If we drag it out, the refusal can last for months or even years until we stop denying, avoiding, resisting, and fighting the call. For some, the fear of the new experience or journey is so great that they completely opt out of living through it.
But all we have to do is jump in and make a commitment to the new hero’s experience or journey, wherever it takes us. When we commit and mean it, the fear subsides—and is replaced by a feeling of relief.
3 MEETING THE MENTORS
Once we commit to the hero’s experience or journey, divine guidance appears. We come across seasoned travelers who give us training, tools, and advice that will help us with the hero’s experience—and most of all, teach us how to use spiritual aids.
During this time, we may get serious about relying on a Higher Power (God, Source, Divine, Universe, Intuition, or whatever you want to label it). We could also become aware of the signs from the universe, have visions, have telepathy, hear inner voices, get “aha” moments, have meaningful dreams, and increase our psychic abilities.
4 CROSSING THE THRESHOLDS
As the hero’s experience progresses, we are asked to take the plunge into the unknown, where the rules and limits are not known. It requires an act of faith—doing something we would have never done before the calling. We have no idea of what will be involved, or how we will even survive. No one does it for us or helps us, and we are on our own.
An example could be caring for loved ones, stopping an addiction or bad habit, quitting a job, changing our career, volunteering for a potentially dangerous mission, breaking up with our current relationship, moving to another city, or anything that we would not normally have done before the experience began.
5 THE EGO’S TEMPTATIONS
The ego (3rd dimension mindset) knows we are in the process of releasing it and tries to hang on with all its might. We might be tempted to half-ass our quest, hoping we can stay where we are after all, and praying that the pull for a new life will vanish entirely.
With every temptation we give in to, we realize the old pleasures and comfort are not what we once thought they were and are not satisfying at all. They were just illusions of security and satisfaction.
Temptations could be trying to re-connect with old friends, reverting back to our bad habits or addictions, quitting volunteering, moving back home, going back to the old career, begging to be rehired, or getting back with the ex.
We learn that relying on a Higher Power (God, Source, Divine, Universe, Intuition, or whatever you want to label it) and using our spiritual aids can get rid of the temptations the ego conjures up—time after time.
Each triumph over the ego builds faith and courage, enhances the feeling that nothing is impossible, and gives us momentary previews of a hero’s life.
6 THE ORDEAL OR THE BELLY OF THE WHALE
The hero’s experience or journey keeps taking us inward to the most dangerous spot, to confront our greatest fears and inner demons head on. It might appear we have been swallowed up and eaten alive. But really, we have only allowed the end of our fearful ego-self (3rd dimension mindset) and let the fearless soul-self (4th dimension mindset) rise up and come into power.
We realize our greatest fear was only a smoke screen hiding what we always knew—that we have been unlimited and significant all along. There was nothing to fear after all!!!
7 THE REWARD
We, the hero in our own life, take possession of the prize we won by facing our inner demons. There is no more fear—no more feeling inadequate or unimportant!!!
8 THE ROAD BACK
Shortly after receiving our reward, we are asked to go back to the ordinary world changed forever. We then become a seasoned traveler who gives others training, tools, and advice that will help them on their own hero’s experience or journey.
And the most important thing of all is to shine a light
so bright it lights the way for others!!!
If you need a mentor to help you on your hero’s experience, contact Vickie Champion for a complimentary coaching and consulting session.