I’ve been reading, Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find ourselves and Transform Our World, by Carol S. Pearson. This book adds to the work of Joseph Campbell by expanding on the Mythic Heroes Quest, and giving one more tools to explore your true self. This book guides you in exploring the archetypes that live within each of us. It outlines the twelve different archetypes and explains both their strengths and shadow sides. Great reading as, I cozy up to avoid the cold and icy conditions that winter brings. Books like this help me to think, inspire me and hopefully strengthen my self-growth.
Here are some thoughts the book brought up for me this week…
In this life we spend a lot of time avoiding things – negative emotions, changes in our jobs, love issues, internal conflicts, family dynamics….and the list goes on and on. Most of us are really good at avoiding the hard stuff. It’s easier to bury our heads in the sand and hope things will magically change without any action on our part. Don’t get me wrong – magic is great…but I believe magic lies within the process of facing the things, we want to avoid.
Often we avoid things, because we are afraid. Afraid of the pain or hurt that comes with facing things. What I learned is that, the fear of the pain I am avoiding is SO much bigger than the pain itself. If you face the hard stuffs – it might hurt. But if you lean into that hurt, really concentrate on feeling it, the pain will subside. And on the other side of that pain is a peacefulness and strength, that is beautiful.
Many of us are also, often afraid of change. If we face something, we may become aware of the need for change. You can’t un-do awareness. Change can be hard. It can mean loss or just as easily mean gain or success. Either direction can be daunting. I believe that dealing with change is much better than dealing with avoidance.
So to move forward or create any type of positive change, we must face the things we are trying so hard to avoid. A better future is possible, by facing it head on! Advice from myself to myself that I’m trying to live by.
How are you on change? Do you avoid? How do you move forward?
From my wildly passionate creative soul to yours in peace.