In describing what he termed “the Hero’s Journey” Joseph Campbell said, “Whether small or great, and no matter what the stage or grade of life, the call rings up the curtain…a moment of spiritual passage, which, when complete, amounts to dying and a birth. The familiar life horizon has been outgrown; the old concepts, ideals, and emotional patterns no longer fit; the time for the passing of a threshold is at hand.”
Moving beyond the status quo to embrace and honor what is true and authentic for oneself often requires connection with others and healing of ourselves, mentally, emotionally and physically.
I recently came across five practices that will assist any Hero who has passed the threshold:
Smile and laugh freely. Nothing will boost your mood and that of others faster. Try smiling throughout the day, even when you are alone, and notice the shift. As the saying goes, “Laughter is good medicine!”
Express gratitude daily. Willingly feeling and expressing gratitude helps to put any situation, positive or negative, in a more proper and joyful state. Make a practice of recording 1 to 3 daily gratitudes in a journal.
Let forgiveness free you. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, condoning, or excusing someone. I just means you’ve chosen to free yourself from the situation by not carrying blame, guilt and resentment. What a cathartic action it is to forgive!
Support and serve others. In the Master Keys we learn to give freely without the expectation of reciprocity. Giving support and service to others in this way will boost your mood and is a balm for healing own sense self-worth.
Participate in a support group. This is a highly effective way to develop meaningful relationships and to ensure your personal success. In the Master Keys, this would be our Mastermind group. It could be one or people who are willing to support and encourage one another around meaningful common or individual goals.
All the above of simple and inexpensive, so why not give them a try? Each of us, regardless of where we are in our own journey, can benefit from practices that heal us and connect us to others.