Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.Joseph Campbell
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.Joseph Campbell
A Father’s Guide to Wisdom
It is human nature to take the path of least resistance. But this rarely works to create the avenues from which we test our inner potential. As a practicing psychotherapist, I see that nearly everyone yearns to find that space of inner calm, tranquility, and peace. Still, most do not understand the dynamics by which the psyche forms habits around these states of mind. So, where do we find that place that burns out the pain, and challenges us to find those inner superpowers?
The Tao reminds us to take the Water Course way. Move low so that we may become the mightiest of all. To humble ourselves is an exciting concept. The ocean knows this well. In following this course, all of Earth’s aspiring landmarks feed the sea with the life-giving force of water that sustains us all. But to practice, this way of being is against E.G.O. That inner need we feel to “Edge God Out.” It is human nature to aspire to those soaring heights that fortune and fame assure us. But is this the only source of intrinsic and extrinsic success?
Mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote volumes on the power that myth’s have on our inner psychological development. His exploration of these themes formed the theoretical foundation George Lucas used as the theme behind his Star Wars saga. As we aspire, we often forget to humble ourselves to the process we engage. But it is in this action that we find that place of inner joy, where powers held deep within are given life through overcoming odds once thought impossible. This was the undercurrent the protagonist Luke underwent as he faced perilous journey to confront and overcome his antagonist father, Darth Vadar. This is the peril we all face as we strive to make meaning in the life we create. Let us give thanks, and be humble to the joy that emerges from the pains we learn to overcome.
Namaste. With prayers and blessings I hope you find paths to believe, achieve, and advance confidently in the direction of your dreams.