Why Do This Now?

What Are You Waiting For?

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Joseph Campbell once said that a good life is living one hero’s journey after another.

We tend to agree with him.

James Hillman once said that we dull our lives by the way we conceive them.

We couldn’t agree more.

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How do you find our way into an enlivening hero’s journey

while living right in the midst of your everyday circumstances? 

What if you began right here, starting right now, in your life as it is?

What would have you waiting for a better time?  When do you really think you’ll make more space?  When do you imagine your life circumstances becoming more favorable, more convenient, more optimal than now?  What if you stopped avoiding or delaying a path that held new possibilities and unrealized potential?  What is it about changing something about your life that scares you the most?  What if  this course could provide you with as good a starting point as there is for a worthwhile journey towards your own soul?

We have found that the ‘right time’ is any time when you are willing to ‘ready yourself’ for it.  This means making enough space and time for awareness to open up inside, for something new to happen in front of us, and for letting something come in to our lives which has been waiting to come.

We cannot move beyond where we are if we are not willing to say ‘yes’ to the life that is waiting for us; we have to be willing to focus our bodies, minds and hearts towards something worthwhile and meaningful.

We also have to open to being helped along on our way.  We are not meant to do significant things by ourselves, even though we essentially must do these things for ourselves.

Stepping into a soul journey is really a matter of choice, of a willingness to step onto new ground, an openness that helps us to become willing and ready to change in small ways, and in the end, to go forward by saying ‘yes’ to new supports and challenges, to new adventures and ordeals.

The opening line in this course introduction comes from a poet named William Stafford.  We utilize a number of his poems throughout this web course. Here is the poem in its entirety:

You, reading this, be ready.

Starting here, what do you want to remember?

How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?

What scent of old wood hovers, what softened

Sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world

Than the breathing respect that you carry

Wherever you go right now?  Are you waiting

For time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around starting here, lift this

 new glimpse that you found; carry into evening

all that you want from this day.  This interval you spent

reading or hearing this, keep it for life –

 

What can anyone give you greater than now,

Starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

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Awake. Aware. Enlivened. Engaged.

It's Time.