Our Story Gatherings

This blog delves into aspects of our life from a story telling point of view. Through discussion and examining story telling techniques, we can reflect on our life. This is a reflective journey into our past, present, and future to better understand where we've been, where we are, and where we want to go. Events in a remarkable story are not random. They are mapped out with a bigger picture in mind. What are our life’s structure and goals? How are we going to find internal peace? How are we going to generate a heavenly environment where we live? What are our priorities? The discussions in the gatherings presented in this manual can help bring awareness to these finer aspects of thought. 

 

Each person’s life has the potential to emulate “A Hero’s Journey”: a framework for the mythological adventure of a hero. Joseph Campbell summarizes this in his book called, The Hero with a Thousand Faces[i].  Through this journey, Campbell includes the circumstances of birth, the call to adventure, and the help the hero receives as support for his journey. Campbell explains that the hero crosses a threshold of adventure. The conflict starts to build and the hero begins to realize he’s up against far greater obstacles than he realized. An initiation includes a series of tests that prove the hero’s ability and advances the journey toward the climax, which is the final battle to facilitate the resolution of the adventure. We will review each of these aspects of “A Hero’s Journey” along the way in our gatherings and relate it to our own life experience.

 

The “Life Goals Approach” [ii] nourishes not just the intellect but the heart and equips people to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. The search for purpose is connected to the three life goals. Elevating our personal strengths, skill, and maturity is our first life goal. It’s finding our inner peace. Developing our loving and enriching relationships, especially in the context of a family, is our second life goal. This is our personal environment of peace. Enhancing the lives of others through our unique contributions is our third life goal. Our internal peace and family environments of peace form the foundation to realize peace in the world.  These objectives model the fulfillment of our deepest purpose: to become well-rounded, capable, and benevolent people who create a peaceful society.

 

We not only receive inspiration and share meaningful relationships, we can explore the narrative within our own chronicle. The discussion questions provided in each gathering are only enough to spark ideas to be expanded upon. The impact of this reflection and the awareness it promotes can define our life’s purpose and visions. It can influence the choices we make and the aspirations we fulfill.

 

[i] Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. 2008. 3rd Edition. Novato, California: New World Library.

 

[ii] For more information on The Life Goals Approach to Education, see this website.

 

Author: Kathleen Sabo


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    Getting back to a “Hero’s Journey,” a hero needs to ask, explore, and find out how to do something. The journey a hero takes is within the scope of normal activity but is valued because of virtues such as: boldness, insightfulness, good heartedness, sacrificial attitude, struggle, conquest, restraint, integrity, etc. Real heroes act from their inner conscience. Their attitude is often that anyone else in their circumstances would have done the same thing. Joseph Campbell compares a “Hero’s Journey” to our internal growth and transformation...


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    The process of growth is about developing our internal nature. It is a process that is challenging yet fulfilling if we do not give up. If we make the necessary effort to reach a new level, we are excited and full of life.


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    Heart is the emotional desire to crave joy through love. As we grow in heart, we experience different realms of heart.


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    When children are born, they have the seed for blossoming into an adult. Even still, most adults are not complete just as the hero in a “Hero’s Journey” has some incompleteness. There are two dimensions of imperfection: things you know about and other things that you are entirely oblivious about. According to the “Hero’s Journey” narrative, heroes are often bothered by something they are not happy with in their lives. This unrest points the way for the hero to enter a different realm to get something that will fix his situation.


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    When we have fulfilled the first two life goals, society becomes an extension of our family. The community and the environment are treated with respect and love. Motivated by true love, we interact with society, our work, and the environment, leading to our individual and social prosperity.

     

    The third life goal deals with the human aspiration to develop our potential for creativity or mastery in some field of endeavor with the intention to leave a legacy for future generations.


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