Because once you’ve made the journey it has to be repeated.
Things happen when you’re prepared to journey into what is not visible or does not yet exist. The journey of exploring your art and the things you do, whether physically, intellectually, or relationally, are game changers: they bring heat to the oxygen and fuel you find on the way, and create fire.
(Guaranteed: nothing happens if you stay where you are.)
‘Courage comes from willingness to “die,” to go forth into an unknown territory that begins to manifest itself only after you dare to step into that void.’*
There is a general trajectory to this journey and there is a specific one.
The general trajectory is our knowledge of how the giving of self for others is the Human story at its best.
The specific trajectory is there being a way only you can live this journey.
We need both. Identifying one does not release us from the other; they need to exist in tension, keeping us on track.
Of course, reality can feel quite different.
We want to protect ourselves from things like voids and deaths. Brené Brown writes about our personal vulnerability armouries, which we’ve built up from our tween years. Yet, when we protect ourselves from risks and failures, we’re also removing ourselves from being successful and flourishing with our art.
But we have ENOUGH to make the journey:** We only have to figure out new ways of expressing all of this:
“The illiterate of the 21st century will no be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot LEARN, UNLEARN, and RELEARN.”^
There needs to be a revolution of ENOUGH. I suspect the people taking the lead are those who, having made the hero’s journey, figure out how to make it again and again: Transformed people transform people.’^^
(*From Otto Scharmer’s Theory U.)
(**I like Brené Brown’s opposite to scarcity: enough! Abundance is everyone having enough; we only need to have enough to use – and we find we keep getting enough.)
(^Alvin Toffler, quoted in Sunni Brown’s The Doodle Revolution.)
(^^From Richard Rohr’s Eager to Love.)