The Hero-Heroine's Journey
REV. DR. STEPHANIE RUTT
"In his heart he felt a strange sense of joy for he was about to die in pursuit of his Personal Legend. Here he was face-to-face with his enemy, but there was no need to be concerned about dying - the Soul of the World awaited him..." The Alchemist
We all yearn to live our Personal Legend. But, we may be less inclined to take the journey to do so for, inevitably, it requires nothing short of our death - the death of what stands in the way of our entry into unity with the Soul of the World. Arjuna was faced with this great Truth in the Bhagavad Gita and Saint Francis said the same when he reminded us, "It is in dying that we are born into eternal life." This is the mythological hero-heroines' journey I wrote about in my blog. I can see now, ever more clearly, how the journey was absolutely necessary to my ability to fulfill my part in launching our amazing Tree of Life vision. The experience, simply and graciously, changed my life.
And, so it is with all of us at different points in our lives. We can feel that we are called and being sent on a journey to meet a critical challenge before us. And, we somehow know that to do so is really not a choice if we are to truly live.
If you are finding yourself at one of those crossroads, this class is for you. Hand in hand, we will follow the alchemist on the hero-heroines' journey to help you answer the call of your unique Personal Legend that sits in waiting, longing patiently, for you in the Soul of the World. Your heart already knows what is required on the journey for it holds the treasure gifted to you by the Soul of the World at your birth. As always, we will integrate our study with meditation, dance, journeying and, mostly, Love.
Required Reading: The Alchemist, Paul Coelho and other materials from Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung
About Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt
“You and I have the power to change the world – one encounter at a time,” I declared with what felt like a heart explosion of love as I looked out over the auditorium and into the cameras. This was how I started my TEDx talk but I didn’t know I was going to start that way until that very morning – yes, that very morning – not until after the early arrival, not until we nine speakers had gathered briefly to collectively prepare ourselves for the day to come, not until our host for the event, who happened to be my speaker coach, was giving us a pep talk and said without much fan fair, “Each of you has the power to change the world with your talk.” In that amazing instant, I felt a familiar jolt and I knew, clearly, I had just been given instructions to reframe my entire talk with this inspirational glue. read more...