About twenty-five years ago I adapted Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to the process of designing your life.
And called it “Lifewriting.” Since that time I’ve taught Lifewriting to thousands of people in person and through audio and video courses, lectured on it at the Smithsonian, at Mensa, on radio and television, at universities and workshops, and have been blessed to receive countless letters and emails and hugs and tearful thanks that the technologies I grouped into that very special pattern have changed and saved lives.
But there was a limitation to “Lifewriting”, something I always saw but wasn’t wise enough to improve. You see, the limitation (I won’t call it a “problem”) was that it was a mental technique, a strategic syntax for organizing resources into an optimal pattern. It works, no doubt about it.
But…the greatest path in human life is that of evolution, of awakening, of becoming an “awakened adult”, and my great spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy taught that that path can be approached by opening your heart OR awakening your body… but never by creating mental models.
That was what I’d done, created a wonderful mental model. That meant that it was great for navigating “the dream”, but not so much for going beyond. What I needed was something that did both. Having a great time in consensus reality is no mean feat. I may consider that just the beginning, but it’s nice to pay the bills, be popular, win athletic awards and all that good stuff.
But…it’s just the beginning. (more…)