Choices January 2001 newsletter
an e-newsletter for deliberately living people

January 2001
Volume II, Issue 1

"Nevertheless, every failure to cope with a life situation must be laid, in the end, to a restriction of consciousness.  Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late.  The whole sense of the ubiquitous myth of the hero's passage is that it shall serve as a general pattern for men and women, wherever they may stand along the scale.  Therefore it is formulated in the broadest terms.  The individual has only to discover his own position with reference to this general human formula, and let it then assist him past his restricting walls.  Who and where are his ogres?  Those are the reflections of the unsolved enigmas of his own humanity.  What are his ideas?  Those are the symptoms of his grasp of life."
- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.


Note from Erica
Call to Adventure
Action Guide

Note from Erica

Happy and Prosperous New Year to You

I want to share an email I recently received from a member of our community.

Hi Erica,

I enjoy reading your newsletters; I like the daily dose of encouragement  that you provide. Your email is the first that I read in the morning because it gives me the soul boost that I need.

Feedback: Can you include some soul recipes? For instance: Feeling blue,drink some chamomile & burn incense while listening to your favoritemelody.

I pay attention to those, as I always need ideas on how to relax after a hectic day.

Great job! Keep on ticking!

:) Anna

I think Anna brings us a timely idea.  This last decade has shown a renewed interest and focus on the highly personal topics of spirituality, healing, and holistic living. The general public has discovered that many of the intermittent "feel good" activities can be classified as a spiritual practice.   Therefore, I pose Anna's question to you:

What do you do to nourish your soul?
How do you de-stress, center, or ground yourself?

Please submit your answers to by Monday, February 5th.  I look forward to publishing your submissions in the Q&A section of next month's issue.

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Call to Adventure

Are you the hero of your own life, or the supporting character of someone else's story?  Who makes the choices in your life?  Who leads your life?  Do you know that you have a choice?

I believe that we are all heroes and therefore share in the inheritance of the universal hero's journey that repeats generation from generation.  No doubt you have already been on this journey, although you may have had different names for it: adversity, bad luck, crisis, challenge, opportunity.

Over the next year I will be focusing our newsletters around the archetypal steps of the Hero's Journey as defined by Joseph Campbell.

The first step in the journey is the Call to Adventure.  Typically our hero finds his old life (people, places, or things) no longer satisfying.  He may have outgrown the familiar, the status quo.  He feels out of place or may grieve over the fact that he doesn't belong.  When has this been true in your own life?  What signs in your life have heralded the call to adventure?

As our hero walks around dissatisfied (knowingly or unknowingly), he comes across a person, a sign, a saying, an image that reveals an unknown and curious world.  In order to answer the call, the hero needs to be willing to let go of the old world-the place and circumstance that no longer serves him.  He may choose to refuse the call out of fear of the unknown, or he can summon his courage and fix his sights on the threshold that lies before him.  When have you refused the call?  What motivated you to do so?  When have you answered it?  What qualities did it take for you to answer it?

Next month:  The Supernatural Aid: the Unsuspected Assistance that Comes to One who has Undertaken the Adventure.

Action Guide

Schedule a day on your calendar to clean out the old in your life.
Universal Law - We will receive more in our lives when we make room for it.

Extra credit:

Make a list of the top ten things that you've tolerated and that drain your energy.  Strategize with a coach or unconditionally accepting friend on a plan to get rid of them. 
(By the way - it's normal to receive flak or negative feedback from the people no longer receiving the energy you've given to them [at your expense] in the past.  If you're firm with your new boundaries, the flak won't last long.)


What is the meaning of life?
What is your purpose?
How can you be a better you?

Let's find the answers together.  Call me for a free coaching session at 408-739-2975.


The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell
Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey, by Sallie Nichols
How to Be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration , by David Richo

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