Hints for the Hero on the Path

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“A Quest of any kind is a heroic journey. It is a rite of passage that carries you to an inner place of silence and majesty and encourages you to live life more courageously and genuinely.” –Denise Linn, Quest – A Guide for Creating Your Own Vision Quest

“The more you push yourself to understand something that you are not ready for, the less likely you will be to achieve understanding. You must surrender, let it go, and be fluidic. You cannot force this door [the door to your awakening] open. It does not work like that.” –Eric J. Pepin, The Handbook of the Navigator

“Resistance is an opposition, due to some belief, to experiencing something just as it is. It’s an attempt to create from consciousness rather than from awareness.” –Harry Palmer, in The Avatar Journal, Summer 2005.

“Quests are personal journeys, and every step is taken alone.” –Deepak Chopra, The Way of the Wizard

“The hero adventures out of the land we know into darkness; there he accomplishes his adventure, or again is simply lost to us, imprisoned, or in danger; and his return is described as a coming back out of yonder zone. Nevertheless—and here is the great key to understanding of myth and symbol—the two kingdoms are actually one.” –Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces

If there is a subtle message in my novel The Sun Singer it is this: the great words of the great masters about your life’s journey are—at best—hints.

The words of the masters may suggest to you that there are other worlds and other levels of consciousness and other levels of awareness. And they may also suggest techniques that will help you find the doorways, paths, enlightenments, and awakenings you desire.

After that, the great words are lies insofar as your journey is concerned. The great masters’ great words describe the great masters’ journeys. As such, they are the gospel of the great masters’ experiences.

Your journey is yours alone and cannot be undertaken by following in the great masters’ footsteps or by concretizing the great masters’ thoughts into a recipe book. You alone know the terrain upon which you are walking and when all is said and done, the great masters’ view from the mountaintop will never be yours. Attempting to see what they saw creates blindness.

You alone will write the gospel of your life, and it will be based on your awareness of your own experience. Nothing else matters; nothing else exists. You are both the creator of your path and the one who walks upon it enjoying the scenery and surprising yourself with the wonders you encounter.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Malcolm R. Campbell

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9 responses

  1. Malcolm, I love the way you put words together. You are both the creator of your path and the one who walks upon it enjoying the scenery and surprising yourself with the wonders you encounter. I’ve recently become aware how different everyone’s path is. Even when two people are on the same path, they can be headed for two completely different destinations. And we each truly must write the gospel of our own lives.

    • Thank you, Pat. My strongly influenced here by the writings of Joseph Campbell who said that–at least figuratively speaking–following a well-worn path through the forest would take you to where the crowd went rather than where you ought to be going. We don’t need constant validation to find ourselves.

  2. The unique individual experience predominate in The Sun Singer had a great deal of appeal for me. I would also think that each person’s experience with The Sun Singer would also be unique.

    • I know there are political overtones to saying this, Montucky, but I have always thought the country is stronger when individuals (to use a 1960s/1970s) worked to become the best they could be rather than having groups and/or the government paternalistically lead them one way or another–worse yet, mandate that they must do one thing rather than another.

      • I agree, Malcolm. I think groups composed of similarly minded individuals can be trusted much more than associations or other groups operated by hired staff or additional government agencies which seem to always take on a life of their own.

  3. This article really spoke to me, Malcolm. It answers a question I’ve been asking myself for several days now. Following your Facebook entry here feels very synchronistic.

    I’ve just downloaded The Sun Singer, and am nearly done with the first chapter. I think it will keep me quite occupied today.

    Ann

    • Hello, Ann,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I love synchronicity! Thanks so much for downloading a copy of “The Sun Singer.” Hope you are still enjoying it when you get to the last chapter. 🙂

      Malcolm

  4. and from yet another perspective, as the mother of teens who are on their own path to write their own journey, it’s hard for me at times! I often feel like I want them to be on a certain path that I thought would be their path. And yet, they do have to choose their own path. Sometimes that is a freeing thought, other times heartbreaking and I hope one day it will bring joy….

    • Early on, kids seem to have an aptitude for things that we, as parents, think they’ll stay with all their lives. They love English class or they take part in school plays or show an interest in hiking or science or the chess club. Ten years later, they hardly remember they cared about those things and are off poking around into something new.

      One can only encourage, wait, and hope.

      Malcolm