Like many spiritual mystics, Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, professes that our life’s purpose is to awaken from our slumber, discover the Power of our innate Divine Nature, experience the Love and Joy of our being, and to be a force of Light and Love in the Universe. The spiritual path of awakening is not for the faint of heart. In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell calls one who is willing to awaken and courageously transcend societal domesticated group mind a hero. He explains, “During our life’s journey, as with every hero’s quest, we have to suffer certain losses, leave the predictable comforts of home, and set out into unfamiliar terrain to realize our dreams. Along the way, the hero inevitably meets with dragons that block the way. Usually, her/his quest takes the hero into dark places to do tremendous battle with unseen forces for hidden treasure. Out of these struggles, the hero emerges with a grail of jewels or wisdom that he/she shares with others.”
To say yes to the quest means you are willing to live your life fully consciously and to courageously make choices that beckon you to boldly embody your spiritual gifts and to live from the consciousness of Oneness. For many, this will require you to leave behind ways of being that are comfortable and familiar. Living a life of Truth will demand you, to be honest with yourself. You must be willing to take a fearless inventory of your life and to release where you have been out of integrity and playing small. Once you look, see, and tell the Truth about where you have been living from fear, lack, jealousy, envy, hatred, resentment, greed, control, unworthiness and any other form of not “enoughness” you will be summoned to make amends with yourself and others. The act of forgiveness will stare you in the face again and again. You will be called to let go of deep pain and suffering caused by the betrayal, abandonment, selfishness, abuse, and deceit of “others”. Some of whom are your closest family members and friends. It will no longer feel comfortable to engage in gossip or to stand in judgment of yourself and others. Yes, even of our politicians. Your higher self will beckon you to challenge discrimination, violence, injustice, and selfishness in your behavior and in the behaviors of your friends, family members, community members, and institutional leaders. Challenging the consciousness of separation does not mean you have to fight or attack back with harsh and violent rhetoric and actions. It means you will embrace Principle and take action to bring about changes that are characterized by fairness, equity, empowerment, respect, dignity, and Love of our planet and all of humanity.
Living a life fully engaged as a spiritual warrior requires you to be stretched out of your comfort zone again and again. At times, this may seem daunting and downright exhausting. Some days you may even wish you could meet up with the character Morpheus from the 1999 movie The Matrix and ask him to give you the “blue pill” so you can just blissfully fall back asleep for a couple of days, weeks, months, and even years. When fatigue sets in remember two things. First, know how important it is to take the time to retreat as the Master Teacher, Jesus, demonstrated again and again. Taking time to rest in the stillness of your Being and to take respite in the beauty and Power of nature does wonders for the weary soul. Lastly, individuals who embark on a hero’s journey long enough will begin to experience a deep sense of passion, as an authentic sense of purpose wells up inside of them, and they truly discover what it means to be Alive! There is no greater joy than experiencing your Divinity as you open your heart up and boldly dare to rise up in all of your Glory to be what you came here to be, the Powerful embodiment of the Divine and a Universal Force of Goodness.
“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. John O’ Donahue