This is about what you see and others do not, and how some of our finest moments occur in the most surprising places.
We may see the same things as others but see more. Someone was sharing with me today about how she seeing different things in the lives of the people she worked with, things her colleagues didn’t see.
Our seeing connects us with the world of myths and dreams, mythologist Joseph Campbell offering a helpful description for these:
‘The myth is the public dream and the dream is the private myth.’*
It’s in the dynamic relationship between these two that change and transformation take place.
But be careful about how we see because seeing leads to actioning: the place where dreams and myths collide. Lillian Leiber warns that what we see (facts), must be matched by equal intuition (heart) and reason (mind).
What will we do? We might wish we could close our eyes.
Action is speculative. It has no idea whether it will succeed or not. It’s in understanding these things as myth, though, that we see the implications of what we see and what we do:
‘[Visionaries have] moved out of the society that would have protected them, and ito the dark forest, into the world of fire, of original experience. Original experience has not been interpreted by you, and so you’ve got to work out your life for yourself. Either you can take it or you can’t. You don’t have to go far off the entered path to find yourself in difficult situations. The courage to face the trials and possibilities into the field of interpreted experience for other people to experience – that is the hero’s deed.’*
It can be something large or something small but to act on what we see will likely bring resistance and even opposition:
‘Every day, employees follow processes and rules that were designed for a time when the world worked differently. Many cultures are risk-averse. Those who wish to change are challenged, undermined or under-appreciated by those who want to hold onto the past. But the world has changed. Whether you like it or not.’^
When something you see turns into a dream, or private myth, and you move this into the public world through action, though you may have no idea what you are doing, then, in the strictest sense of the term, you are being heroic. Just remember that.
(*From Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth.)
(**From Brian Solus and gapingvoid’s 10 Reasons Your Culture is Failing and New Insights on How to Fix It.)