Myths help us to keep in touch with inward forces.
They tell us of powers of psyche to be recognized and integrated into our lives,
powers common to the human spirit from the beginning.
—Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By
We humans like to tell stories. We often do this with our lives and experiences. By story-ing ourselves, we shape what happens, recasting the events of our lives into tales that make sense to us. We link one narrative to another to create a wholeness that sustains the substance of who we are and where we belong.
We rework the messy and incomprehensible and ease away the uncertainties and irreconcilables of our existence. Sometimes, we find the humor in the messiness, an acceptance of the absurd, a tale to make us and those we share it with, laugh. But sometimes, we lock ourselves into a story that limits our experience of who we are and who we might become.
Mythic Mentoring© gives us the space to explore the stories we tell about our lives. Often, in this process, we discover a personal myth, a tale that, like the myths of old, enlightens the meaning and direction of our lives. Our life tales often mirror the themes that are found in older myths. We discover ourselves relating to the happenings in our life as the characters of myth did. Sometimes, we find ourselves locked into one myth and by exploring other myths, or by retelling the myths, we can find new directions, new ways of being, new ways of relating to the events, people and doings of our life.
Mythic Mentoring© is a deeply personal exploration of the stories you tell about yourself and your experience of the world. It grants you the space through which you can recognize the story you tell: “I am…””This always happens..” “People are…” “I will never…” or the story that attracts you, the songs, poetry, movies that snag your attention so you recognize you mythopoetic engagement with the world.
Through working with the mythic and imaginal, guided by Mary, you will find what sustains you and gives you freedom.
This is Soul work. A personal, depth engagement with myth and the imaginal, a re-engagement with mythopoetic exploration.
Ah! BUT WHY?
There is, I believe, a need to revive our engagement with the world and our own selves. The Greeks would have suggested that we renew our worship of Aphrodite…if we take it that worship implies embodying the god(dess). Our veneration of Aphrodite would ensure we actively pursue a living, erotic engagement with ourselves, with the world, with other. Aphrodite’s power is not just as a goddess of sex but as that intimate, enlivening connection with all things.
In Deep Imagery, we refer to this as Aliveness, a recognition that we and all aspects of who we are and what we experience are alive. It implies a movement away from conceptualization and into an enlivened experiencing of all that is. It involves us coming to know, to experience deeply our own Aliveness.
I think this erotic, enlivening engagement enables a deepening of self-consciousness; It engenders compassion for the suffering and struggles of ourselves and others; it supports an enrichment of our inner life; and an appreciation of the guidance of the deep imagination.