In ancient myths of the Hero's journey, the state of a kingdom often reflected the state of its Queen and/or King. If s/he was out of balance, the kingdom became disordered and inhospitable to life. The goal of the Hero was to seek that which would re-establish the sacred order.

Likewise, our world could be said to reflect our collective states of mind. We can aid ourselves, individually and collectively, by seeking the balance that will restore our kingdom's sacred order. That journey may take many different forms depending on who we are and where we find ourselves. 

Perhaps for most of our lives, we've strayed from our personal center by giving in to familial, societal and cultural pressures and expectations, gradually taking on roles and identities that were out of alignment with our core essence. Perhaps we've enacted these personas for so long that we've come to believe they are us.

Such disconnection from the truth of our own integral being can create a deep feeling of dissatisfaction and restlessness, constantly seeking externals to fill the feeling of isolation and emptiness that stems from the void of our own self-alienation. 

17. EXPRESSION ~

The Stories We Tell

Essay by Katarzyna Vedah.  May 1, 2020

Seeking external distractions from this unsettled inner state may produce temporary relief. But when it returns, it churns in us a greater sense of frustration and powerlessness to change our disharmony. We may feel something is wrong, but we just can't put our finger on what it is.

 

Regardless of our disturbance, we may go about life as usual, playing the parts that are expected of us, trying to bury the sense that we've somehow lost something important, something precious, or running around seeking that treasure out in the world (or at least a good substitute.)

 

We may find guides and adversaries along our journey, positive and negative forces that are there to remind us of who we really are, to assist us in reclaiming our rightful paths.

 

Such a journey may take us into strange and foreign places that either reinforce our sense of being a powerless victim seeking rescue, or stretch and enhance our sense of agency as we find our inner capacity to respond as the hero of our lives.

Every day, each of us has a choice in how we approach our journeys ~

The question is, What are we feeding and cultivating in our lives?  What are we giving rise to through the focus and attention of our mental and emotional energy, as well as through our speech and actions?

 

And how can we reclaim the power of the original treasure that we ourselves are and restore the natural balance of our world?

VIDEO (YouTube):

Hate the Artist (Art Assignment)

 

Italy Created Paparazzi (Nerdwriter1)
Faces on the Big Screen (Nerdwriter1)


What is Cinema For? (School of Life)

Wrong with the Media (School of Life)

What's Media Studies? (Media Insider)

Dark(er) Side of Media (Crash Course)

VIDEO (YouTube): Challenging Media

Media as Storytellers

Killing Us Softly

Killing Screens
 

DOCUMENTARY: Trailer

The Punk Singer (Sini Anderson)

Miss Representation (J. S. Newsom)

Untouchable (Ursula Macfarlane)

 

RIPPLE EFFECT

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
Full Body Tattoo

MADE

FLESH

THE

WORD

FILM / VIDEO (YouTube): Trailer

Stranger than Fiction (Marc Forster)

Spotlight (Tom McCarthy)

The Assistant (Kitty Green

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) 

VIDEO (YouTube):

Arrival (Nerdwriter1) – Spoilers!

Radical Honesty (Like Stories of Old)

Detachment - DoubleThink Clip

Captain America (Now This News)

SHORT FILM (YouTube):

In the Time it Takes to Get There (Adobe)

The Silent Child (NITVShorts)

Wave (The New Yorker)

 
 

THE PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
Shotpeen Sandblasting

CONSTRUCTIVE ANGER & DESTRUCTIVE RAGE

VIDEO (YouTube):

Jonathan Fast on NBC New York (Ben Fast)

Anger & Boundaries (Emotion Dynamics)

Stop Repressing Anger (Diamond Net)

Judgment & Anger (Masters Center)

How to Use your Anger (Academy of Ideas)

Rooted in Yesterday’s Rage (Alan Robarge)

Understanding Violence (Haven Library)
AngerToolbox: Violence (KineticsStreaming)

Healing Anger (Noble Movement Academy)

 

BOOK: Anger, Boundaries & Safety
 

VIDEO (YouTube): Teal Swan

How to Deal with Anger

How to Let Go of Resentment

Internal Arson - An Exercise

VIDEO (YouTube):

Verbal Abuse - Fox News (Patricia Evans)

Vebal Abuse & Control  (StLizHighSchool)

Not Just Name Calling (Lisa A. Romano)

Verbally Abusive (Your Brilliance)

ARTICLE: What is Verbal Abuse?  Health Line

WEBSITE: Verbal Abuse

VIDEO (YouTube): Doctor Ramani
What is Scapegoating?
The Scapegoat in Adulthood
When the Truth Teller Grows Up

 

VIDEO (YouTube): Teal Swan

Anger & the False Villain Dynamic

Stop Being Scapegoated

Take Your Power Back

 

SHIFT GEARS

EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS
Fountain pen

BUILDING NEW PSYCHIC INFRASTRUCTURE

CHANGING YOUR STORY

VIDEO (YouTube):

Narrate Your Life Story (School of Life)

Stories We Tell Ourselves (Esther Perel)
Best & Worst Selves - R. Sapolsky (TED)

How to Use Your Mind (Your Youniverse)

Ego Deaths, Part 2 (Molly McCord)

Break Free from the Ego (Aaron Abke)

Spiritual Depression (Aaron Abke)

Toxic Attraction Teachings (Aaron Abke)

Ticket to an Empowered Life (Teal Swan)

Law of Attraction (Gigi Young)

3 Manifestation Tips (Gigi Young)

Identity Abundance Hack (Amanda Flaker)