Be Awake. Be Aware. Be Enlivened. Be Engaged.
The “Ensemble Hero” Online Program
hosted by the Hero’s Journey® Foundation
~ Providing Support, Connection & New Ways Of Facing Your Ordeals ~
Staying The Course
Through the Current Global Pandemic Towards an Uncertain Future.
March 2nd – April 9th, 2022
STAYING THE COURSE
Being undone, Facing our ordeals,
and Finding new Strengths through difficulty
This is our third offering in our NAVIGATING THE UNKNOWN online community journeys. They have been created as offerings during the ordeal of our global pandemic to allow people from all walks of life and from many different places in the world to come together, share what they are living through, be witnessed and accompanied by people capable of such important skills, and in doing so, finding together the shared humanity and common good that comes from such authentic speaking and listening.
It was what Joseph Campbell (and many of the mystics) would call ‘the joyful participation in the sorrows of the world’. This is how we live into the new hero myth for our lives, where no one individual can save us or spare us of the collective ordeals of this world. It is now only our participation in the sangha, the ensemble, that can move us beyond our current circumstances.
Our task is simply to take our place among the ensemble of others, contribute what we have – be it our joy or our sorrow – and allow it to become a part of a larger story in a living universe. We do this in ways that affords us perennial wisdom, allows to be real to one another, and enjoy what life has to offer, regardless of the difficulties we encounter. Eventually a new story will reveal itself that no one of us can foresee from here.
Until then, we’ll stay the course.
The philosopher Nietzsche once said, “Live as if the time is here.” Joseph Campbell said about the Journey, “You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.” The horizon of our daily lives has disappeared over past nine months as a result of the global pandemic, and the ongoing political and economic disruptions.
It is best not to go it alone, and to sustain one another through such disturbing and disorienting realities with other kindred spirits, people who want to do more than just survive the ordeal. We intend to live into it, and learn from where it takes us. Are you in?
We are separate but connected. While we deal with lockdowns and are ‘socially distant’, we join with others doing the same from where they are homebound. Become a part of a living Ensemble, something mysterious, and greater than yourself. Enter this living , unfolding story as a part of a larger community- Saturdays at 11:30 am ET, as well as time in smaller groups. Click here for more information.
Receive personal support and tools for the journey: tools, reaches and challenges that are immediate, specific, doable and transformative. Be open to the unexpected, let the commonality of our humanity bring forth a goodness that is waiting to happen.
Understand how each phase of the journey can support your inner life as you live into unprecedented and difficult times.
Learn more about Separation – The Call To Adventure, Crossing The Threshold; Initiation – Ordeals & Adventures, the Belly of the Beast, and The Boon that is waiting to be discovered; and the Return – Crossing the Return Threshold, Bringing Forth Your Aliveness to the World. Click here to learn more about the 3 journey phases.
Understand and accept that ordeals await you in any worthwhile adventure, and in turn, a meaningful adventure can emerge from where you’d least expect to find it – in your current ordeal.
Take up life-giving tools, reaches and challenges that are immediate, specific, doable and transformative. Receive these as invitations to engage with others in ways you might typically avoid on your own. Notice opportunities to move through your uncertainty, learn new ways to cope with anxiety, and gain skills to navigate the personal challenges you’ll need to keep facing.
Do for yourself what you wouldn’t typically do by yourself.
Find yourself having surprising and intimate encounters, learn more about your inner strengths, and get clearer about what really matters. Learn how to reset your perspective, and to make space for what brings you alive, no matter what.
ARE YOU READY TO STAY THE COURSE?
Become self-activating in places that have historically been immobilizing.
Let the possibility exist that your current ordeal could offer you
a potential turning point for your life.
Become part of an interesting and dynamic community of people who want to find movement forward through the current murkiness of their life circumstances, and handle unforeseen changes in new ways.
Don’t succumb needlessly to desperation or despair or be driven by pervasive anxiety. Accept that now is the time to stay the course, while venturing again and again into the unfamiliar and the unknown – and don’t do it alone.
Make a choice to take up your current circumstances as a journey that will take you where your ordinary self would typically not ever go- in doable, meaningful and surprising ways.
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for information about reduced cost accessibility.
Crossing the threshold
when everything seems lost,
and all seems darkness,
Then comes the new life and all that is needed.
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
Get On Board With Us
Get re-oriented towards an uncertain future. Get re-focused on what really matters. Get support to go where you have not yet gone before.
“Everything is a possibility, everything is a clue, everything is talking to you. It’s marvelous!
It’s as though you had a nose that brought you into the right places.
You are in for wonderful moments when you travel like this.”
Awake. Aware. Enlivened. Engaged.Awaken to the Ensemble Hero
A 30-Day Personal Journey Into The Reality Of The Uncertainty We All Face