What is a mystical journey? Does this type of quest seem interesting? It’s what Joseph Campbell calls The Hero’s Journey. Are you ready to begin?
A quest is synonymous with Journey. The inner quest is the fundamental desire to seek and understand the unknown. The ultimate place for exploration is the human psyche, the human spirit. Exploring this arena is an adventure we find in many ancient traditions. Joseph Campbell calls this the Hero’s Journey.
Your Mystical Journey Starts Here
“The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, ‘Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.’ And so it starts.” ― Joseph Campbell
It is a cyclical process, starting with an awakening to the call to begin this inward journey. As we embark on this quest and awaken, we begin the transformation process. We open our spiritual gifts. These inner gifts inspire us to share and help others. We awaken a little more, and the process starts over again. This cycle involves every aspect of our mind, body, and spirit.
We use the above quote from Joseph Campbell to start every new group. We encourage you to use this quote, and it is the spark igniting this journey for many spiritual explorers. No one can tell you what this mystical path holds for you. You’ll need to travel this journey to find out for yourself.
Many sages and mystics believe traveling “your mystical journey” is the purpose of life. The problem is, religion confuses this quest. They substitute mythology and superstition for processes that help us investigate our nature. So, it’s important to know the difference between following a religious tradition and using processes to explore your mind.
What is a Mystical Journey or Quest?
The Hero’s Journey is a pattern at the heart of many spiritual traditions. They may have different characters but contain many of the same core elements. It resonates with us because we are born to seek the unknown.
This pattern is not a religion. It’s the common structure of the spiritual path that takes us on an adventure to realize our full potential.
We are explorers at heart. This inner journey reflects our nature—this is the call of your mystical journey.
There are three phases to this universal pattern. We’ll also find this cyclical pattern in our own lives if we look. Knowing where you are in this process is helpful. It’s a way of pinpointing the right actions to get you to the next phase in the cycle. This pattern cycles repeat over and over, again and again. If you use a spiritual journal, you’ll find this pattern etched in the history of your life.
“The inner quest is the call of Universe whispering, seek me, let me show you the way”. ― Guru Tua
This story has three main phases that intertwine and overlap. If we are perceptive, we can see these phases in our own lives. Again, these three phases are awakening, transforming, and inspiring:
- We “awaken” by using specific spiritual tools and becoming motivated by our spiritual nature. Learning the basics is the platform for many similar processes and advanced techniques.
- Our “Transformation” and personal illumination come as we overcome the obstacles on the path. Hence, we better understand ourselves and the Universe as we employ more powerful tools. We enrich our learning as we walk alongside and help others.
- “Inspiring” others is a natural part of personal growth. Therefore, we become teachers of others and ourselves. As we learn more, we can assist others. We gain confidence in our path as we overcome obstacles or find ways around them. When we are inspired, it leads to greater awareness and awakening. So, the cycle begins again.
Your Mystical Journey is the Hero’s Journey
Many people are curious about the unknown. They seek answers about who and what they are. Why are we here? These questions are the impetus for the exploration of our consciousness. And that brings us to the inner quest.
Teachers can provide you with tools, but you must find your own answers. The structure of our journey may have similar elements, but the obstacles on the path are different for everyone.
What is a mystical journey to you? Where are you on the ebb and flow of giving and receiving?
These same three steps mirror the progression of our Blended Learning Process. Delivering the knowledge is the core of our mission. The three phases of The Hero’s Journey reflect our learning strategy.
The first step of the inner quest is to awaken. We help give a personal answer to the question, what is a mystical journey? To do this, we begin with establishing a platform of mutual trust and communication. We use several individual and group exercises.
Awakening is all about learning to use the tools for investigating our consciousness. The tools are the common thread that helps us to build community. Our path may be unique but that doesn’t mean we need to walk alone. Sharing and learning from others is an essential part of growth.
Here we discuss and explore the basic concepts of your mystical journey exploring ego and consciousness. We also introduce the use of the Enneagram Personality Profile. With this tool, we examine personality, instincts, and cultural influences.
We learn practical tactics and shortcuts. For example, we show how to implement many best practices, such as using a journal or book of shadows to record experience since incremental growth is challenging to spot. Also, teach practical techniques about using smartphone reminders to create positive habits. We learn how to apply logical reasoning and our intuition in our quest.
This phase’s core includes the fundamentals of seated and moving meditation progressions. These are awakening processes that expand awareness. Sound and vibration play an essential element in the experiential side. Here we use the singing bowl and drum. These exercises unveil our innate gifts and unique qualities, enabling participants to become co-facilitators and ready to cofacilitate the next phase.
Awakening is a continual process of the hero’s journey. As long as you learn and grow, there will always be more to know.
In the second phase, participants co-facilitate a deep-dive learning experience. It includes several powerful consciousness-expanding and mind-body integration tools. A weekend retreat is an ideal format for this phase, but virtual weekends also work.
We hold these weekend retreats at many resorts. Getting away from the everyday routines and distractions gives us time to focus provides the best learning outcomes. Participants need time to practice what they learn and make these tools their own.
We can also duplicate the weekend’s separation experience through day-long virtual learning camps. It has the benefit of including participants from other regions or even countries. We began using this format in early 2017. With the pandemic, this has been the standard format.
Each technology in the learning sequence builds upon one another. The synergistic effect of learning these technologies back to back provides an extraordinary experience on several levels.
These spiritual technologies include advanced practices and elements of the eightfold path of Yoga, such as elements of Dhyana, Pratyahara, Pranayama, Asana, and Japa Meditation. Other moving methods include Qigong, Tai Chi, and Tai Kek.
Reiki and Pejut’s healing modalities are probably the hardest to teach with the virtual experience. If there are at least two participants at the location, we can make it work. Otherwise, they can do some techniques with a roller or Yoga block.
Preparation for Kundalini and third eye activation are also a part of this phase. The community-building aspect of the weekend event is a powerful experience, and it also provides the foundation for the next stage. Learning these technologies and building community are transforming.
The last phase is the inspiration of yourself and others. It is a natural evolution in the growth process. When we help and inspire others, we also grow. If we run into roadblocks, others will help and inspire us to break through them.
By this point in the process, we have gained practical knowledge and experienced some level of transformation. Now it is time to shift our focus to other people. To grow their knowledge, participants meet to share and help one another.
More importantly, they learn that spiritual practices can bring up obstacles preventing their growth, providing learning and sharing opportunities for everyone. By inspiring and transforming others, they also learn a lot about themselves. It reveals new gifts. They learn to seek help and help to develop their unique routines based on their special life situations. And, this leads to further awakening as we discover other aspects of our infinite nature.
We encourage you to embark on your own Hero’s Journey. Your life is a mystical journey, and the inner quest will fulfill the need that religion cannot. You will walk your path, but you don’t always need to walk alone. You can join others in a diverse community spread across the globe. If this call resonates with you, find the proper sources to give you the tools described above.
If there aren’t any sources available in your area, join us for one of our virtual training sessions. You can begin your spiritual journey today.
Are you interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. We offer this curriculum through our individually tailored virtual learning academy and traditional face-to-face sessions. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey (1). Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions.
(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
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