Does this type of journey seem interesting? It’s what Joseph Campbell calls The Hero’s Journey. Are you ready to begin?
Your Mystical Journey
The inner quest is synonymous with Hero’s Journey. So, this quest has benchmarks of sorts. 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 start 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.
“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
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. Some mystics believe traveling “your mystical journey” is the purpose of life.
The Inner Quest
The pattern of The Hero’s journey is 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. 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. If we look, we’ll also find this cyclical pattern in our own lives. 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 other similar processes and advanced techniques.
- Our “Transformation” and personal illumination come as we overcome the obstacles on the path. Hence, we get a deeper understanding of 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.
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. The best place to begin with a group is establishing a platform of mutual trust and communication. To accomplish this goal, we use several individual and group exercises. Here we discuss and explore the basic concepts of 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 thus are ready to facilitate the next phase.
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 work as well.
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 on themselves 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, and this provides 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.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia