Choices August 2001
an e-newsletter for deliberately living people

August 2001
Volume II, Issue 8

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." -Napoleon Hill 


Note from Erica
Action Guide

Note from Erica

It gives me pleasure to announce my first in person class, The Hero's Journey: Your Path to Transformation, through Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult & Community Education.  If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join us for a fun and informative adventure.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:  Are you tired of your ordinary world?  Are you ready to answer a call to adventure and make changes in the way you live your life?  In this eight week course you will identify your heroic abilities, personal path, and life purpose through the Hero's Journey twelve steps to transformation.  Be ready to learn, laugh, and play!  Please bring a blank journal, a pen, and an inquisitive mind to the first class.

LOCATION:    Homestead High School/ Room L9
REGISTRATION FEE:    $59    LAB FEE:    $2
COURSE NUMBER:    228459
DATES/TIMES:    Tuesdays 7-9 PM, September 4-October 23

TO REGISTER:  Please call 408-737-9926 from 8 AM - 4:30 PM  Monday through Friday.  For further registration information, please call 408-522-2700.

Reward: Consequences of the Attempt

Are you the hero of your own life, or the supporting character of someone else's story?  Who makes the choices in your life?  Whose life are you living?

In this ninth stage of the journey, the hero celebrates the wholeness received by facing the shadow and accepting, as Debbie Ford says, "the gift in the garbage."  Please note that this is not the last stage of the journey.  Three more phases of the journey must be completed for the hero to have fully integrated this newfound wholeness.  But now is the time for the hero to relax from the arduous journey, joke and boast with his friends, and receive love.  The hero and his allies reenact the journey and ordeal for both education and recognition.  Communion with friends offers a therapeutic quality and helps to heal the wounds that may have been received through battle.

Having survived the ritualistic death-and-rebirth of the previous ordeal, the hero has earned several gifts.  Often the hero is gifted with insight and can see through illusions or even develop a level of clairvoyance.  Heroes are frequently blessed with an epiphany, recognition in the share of divinity or a sense of belonging to something bigger than oneself.  Lastly, the hero may receive initiation into a new community: parent, warrior, teen, healer, etc.

An integral part of our humanity is the universal requirement that we continually journey and celebrate.  The mere fact that we age is proof of this innate requirement.  Celebrations can provide for us both closure on the journeys we have completed as well as creating impetus and motivation to finish the journey.  In essence, we are walking through another threshold of acknowledgment and whether we choose to celebrate through a small dinner with a friend or a catered event with 500 friends, celebration plays a part in our development.

Next month:  Road Back: Rededication to Change

Action Guide

Take a quiet moment to answer the following questions:
  1. Do you celebrate your accomplishments often?  Why or why not?
  2. How do you physically feel when you are in a celebratory mood?
  3. Some hero's exaggerate their performance or underestimate their significance.  Which are you more likely to do?  Why?
  4. Can you remember a special celebration in your life recognizing an accomplishment or rite of passage?  What do you remember the most about the celebration?  What did you learn about yourself?
  5. How do other celebrants share in your victory?
  6. What perceptions or insights have you gained by succeeding at a big change?
  7. What does initiation mean to you?  Why do humans seek initiation?
  8. How has the recognition of your higher self expanded through a journey?
  9. The hero's journey has three more steps to go before completion.  Why does celebration come before integration?

Extra credit:

Are you working on yourself?  Start planning your celebration now!  It may just give you the boost you need.


The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams by Debbie Ford, Neale Donald Walsch, Jeremiah Abrams
The Art of Ritual: A Guide to Creating and Performing Your Own Rituals for Growth and Change by Renee Beck, Sydney Barbara Metrick
The Blessing Cup, 40 Simple Rites for Family Prayer-Celebrations by Rock Travnikar, O.F.M.

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