Working with my inner-circle student Harry, this morning. A perfect example of hard work and determination. He is moving into uncharted waters, after making enormous changes in his life. His challenge is to live fully in the heart, and feel, rather than analyse.
Harry’s path hasn’t been easy, and he would be the first to admit he has made it as hard as possible for himself. I think we both despaired, at times, unsure whether he had the determination to see things through to the end. But as hard as its been, he has stuck with it, and to his credit, took every set back as confirmation he was on the right path.
Now, the biggest tests are coming. Harry is the in the hero role, facing the traditional challenges of the hero, as he discovers his true identity. The next few weeks are uncharted. He has no map, and only a vague idea of where he is heading. Ahead, there may be dragons. There are certainly surprises.
The weapons he carries will keep him safe, if they are applied correctly. His greatest weapon is heart. He must keep focused on feeling every experience, and resist the temptation to analyse and project his judgements onto the events to come. His biggest enemy is ego, and its ego that will trick him into making judgments, confusing him and stopping him seeing events for what they are.
Everything is experience. No more. No less. We can fight battles with imaginary enemies, created and fueled by ego, responses automatically generated by past experiences. or we can see truth. Its always a choice.
Harry is the hero now. Searching for the Golden Fleece. There is nothing new under the sun, and there is nothing new in his quest. The signposts are well written deep within our psyche. We have the answers, but the ego is like a faulty Sat-Nav, taking the hero down narrow lanes, dead ends and switchbacks. The ego serves itself, but rarely serves us. When we see its a construct, and stop identifying with our thoughts, the way becomes clear.
There is always a mirror principal when working with advanced students. What we see in our students, we can also see elements of, in ourselves. How could we truly understand, unless we have been there ? Every student becomes the teacher. We are all heroes on the path.