Authenticity. Courage. January.
No more feeble resolutions. It is time for REVOLUTION.
It is time to discover your most meaningful–most radically authentic–life.
What does it take to lead an authentic life, you ask?
According to mythic wisdom–from both Eastern and Western traditions–an authentic life requires a courageous heart. It requires you to realize your essential wholeness and to claim the part you play in creating your world.
I know it isn’t easy to reconcile the dissonant beliefs of our social landscape, or to hold the tension of the opposites within your own psyche. The complete yogic path includes trudging through the barren hostility of the current psycho-spiritual schism–a world akin to what poet, T.S. Elliot, called The Waste Land. It is difficult and unnerving. But if you want to recover your individual wholeness—your freedom–you must reconcile the divisive wasteland within. The greatest quest of the modern yogin heeds the call to radical authenticity and psycho-spiritual wholeness.
It is a hero’s quest.
Mythic wisdom invites you to dive deep beneath the surface of your limitation. You must confront the judgements that bind you, and the socially-imposed images of what you “ought” to be. You must illuminate your shadows, own your super-powers, and realize the truth of who you are. Like the exemplars of Arthurian legend, Creation myths, folk tales, and Hindu epics, you are called to traverse the underworld of your psyche. Explore the caverns of your heart. You will be stripped of both the attachment and aversion surrounding your perceived identity. Then, and only then, you will realize something greater. You will come to know yourself in a brave and thoroughly honest way.
It takes courage.
I am writing this from experience. Every day presents another real-life opportunity for courage. Beyond accepting my sordid past of missteps, I am challenged to embrace the whole truth of this very moment: my soul’s purpose, my marriage and family life, my life’s mission. I have explored the barren wasteland of attachment and aversion again and again. I have discovered that there are no answers–only stories. The way I compose and interpret my personal mythology determines my entire vision. Mythic wisdom provides a map to discover the most fertile ground of my creative power. It gives me the seeds to plant, and the tools to cultivate my own authentic growth.
I’ve been down this road enough to know:
It isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it.
The combined power of World Mythology and Depth Psychology provides a compass for the hero’s journey. It unpacks a treasury of symbol and archetype to empower the human experience and make your life more colorful, more beautiful…more fun. It invites you to discover the middle way path of mystic wisdom. It shows you the multiple roles you play and inspires you to play them to your fullest expression. Contemplative Mythology provides you with glimpses of your own true nature. You realize that all mythic archetypes reside within your Self–your whole Self—which is infinite in possibility and one with everything.
With fundamental integrity, through acceptance of your multi-faceted wholeness, you gain the freedom to live a life that is rich with meaning. You love unconditionally. You create your own destiny. Chaos gives way to a purpose-filled life. Your experience is informed by the choices you make in the face of each new situation. With a courage heart, you become an informed creator of, and participant in, your own adventure.
No more feeble resolutions.
The lunar principle for January is COURAGE,
because the transformation you truly desire requires it.
Real and lasting change is only possible when you encounter the deepest aspects of your Self and courageously stand in your authentic wholeness. Whatever you want to be, do, or experience this year...it is already within you. It's time for a Mythic Revolution.
Oh, and P.S.:
Bring your courage.
3 Opportunities for Mythic Revolution:
Three Opportunities for Mythic Revolution:
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If you don't have time to read this entire post, here's the recap:
The lunar principle for January is courage, because the transformation you truly desire requires it. Real and lasting change is only possible when you encounter the deepest aspects of your Self and courageously stand in your wholeness. Whatever you want to be, do, or experience this year...it is already within you. It requires you to realize your essential wholeness and to claim the part you play in creating your world. You must embrace the tension of opposites within your own psyche; and realize that all archetypes reside within your Self.
January Themes, Moons, & Holidays:
The Wolf Moon • Courage • Sagittarius/Aquarius • Fire + Air Element • Energy of Innovation • Radical Authenticity • Possibility • New Beginnings
About The Author
R.R. Shakti, PhD
Founding teacher of Inner Power Yoga®, Shakti is a Contemplative Mythologist, ritual facilitator, and writer who presents a Tantrik approach to personal empowerment and social action. Through contemplative story-telling and mind/body practices, she offers a vision of deep peace and radical freedom.
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