Refusal of the Call
Before your journey begins, you will resist your true calling.
This is the third post in a series I call ‘Maker Journey’ that follow my trajectory, as a complete unknown, untested and unverified ‘Maker’ through our (my company, Gnito’s) impending product release, and my return to the West Coast to reclaim my bike, surfboard and car (and some other stuff). Yesterday’s post is called ‘Call to Adventure,’ please check it out too!
We all have the tendency to fear the unknown.
We resist change. We are attached to our creature comforts, and the warmth of our surroundings, our slippers and hobbit holes. Call it conservatism, or entropy, or whatever. We are loathe to do anything outside our comfort zone.
As well, each of us has our own private, unrecognized, rudimentary, yet secretly potent version of our own Hero Myth. And though we have a tendency to resist change, we all secretly want change. Big change. Drastic change. Change from the ordinary, disruption of the status quo.
You may resist (or even deny) that we all have this belief. But trust me, you have it. Here’s what Joseph Campbell says about it at page 5, of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, (at p. 5):
..some chance word, the smell of a landscape, the taste of a cup of tea, or the glance of an eye may touch a magic spring, and then dangerous messengers begin to appear in the brain. These are dangerous because they threaten the very fabric of the security into which we have built ourselves and our family. But they are fiendishly fascinating too, for they carry keys that open the whole realm of the desired or feared adventure of the discovery of the self. …a wonderful reconstruction, of the bolder, cleaner, more spacious, and fully human life — that is the lure, the promise and terror, of the disturbing night visitants from the mythological realm that we carry within.
We are tempted to refuse our call to adventure, because we think by doing so we will make more secure our present system of ideals, virtues, goals and advantages. But (we all somehow intuit) if we refuse our true calling, we sentence ourselves to live in the prison of our own unrelenting minds, and incessant cycle of creating new problems for ourselves, as we await the gradual approach of our disintigration.
Control Your Narrative, Control Your Destiny
That is why we need to learn how to control our own narrative. It may be that we are not outright refusing our call, but perhaps we intuit that the present call isn’t pitch perfect.
Not all who hesitate are lost. Awaiting the one true calling can be even more potent a pathway.
The psyche has many secrets in reserve, and “willed introspection is one of the implements of creative genius and can be employed as a deliberate device.” (The Hero with a Thousand Faces, at p. 55)
It takes courage
to do what you want.
have a lot of plans for you.
They want you to go on their trip
but you can do what you want.
Freedom involves making decisions, and each decision is a destiny decision. It’s very difficult to find in the outside world something that matches that for which the system inside you is yearning.
If we choose to accept your Call to Adventure, we can know that there is no certainty of success, and the risk of failure is absolute. Though we may try to reduce our risks, in various ways, true acceptance of the challenge means putting everything that we hold dear and sacred at risk.
If you do embark on your own Maker Journey, please consider Periscoping your experiences. I, for one, would enjoy being an observer in your journey. And, generally, it is the best way to control your narrative in our real-time, mobile world.
When you follow your passion,
society’s help is gone.
you must be very careful.
You’re completely on your own.
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