The definition of home has changed throughout the years and the definition of home can be different, depending on who you ask.
It has been said that home is where the heart is. Home can also be a place that feels safe and familiar. Home is also where life begins and ends. Let’s explore the idea of home and how it is the starting point for our spiritual journey and what role the home plays in our spiritual lives.
The “Hero’s Journey” represents the outward search to find the truth and presence that lies at the center of being. The recognition of God’s Presence within is the realization that unconditional love, wholeness and Oneness is our spiritual home, which we can access anywhere, anytime.
What do you have in common with Harry Potter, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Buddha Siddhartha Gautama and even Jesus? All of these characters are on an adventure to become their own hero in their journey. Like many others, some went off on this journey intentionally and some became lost along the way and accidentally found themselves as a hero on their life journey. The journey entails a challenging, evolutionary process that serves to shape, strengthen and prepare the individual for their life work.
The Hero’s Journey begins and ends at home. The home of the child as the hero is a place of shelter and safety, while simultaneously representing repression. The metaphoric walls that protect the child also keep the hero-in-the-making in a sheltered state. Eventually, the desire to break free from customs, rules and limiting beliefs prompts the child to set out to explore the unknown, where there is learning, growth and evolution. Dorothy left Kansas and Siddhartha gave up a kingdom. This is a concept that many of us can relate to, as we grow and develop our own individuality once we leave our childhood home.
On the final step of the journey, the person who returns home is not the same person who left. The hero has new insight and understanding that transformed them from innocent child to mature, self-actualized adult, who uses their gifts to serve a greater cause. That greater cause could be humanity, nature, life, etc. The hero comes into full spiritual maturity by rising above, to do the work of the higher Self.
Consider your life in the context of The Hero’s Journey. In what phase do you see yourself? Are you still in your safety zone, afraid to venture out, while feeling the push or pull to do and be more? Are you experiencing trials, tribulations and the fiery flames of the initiation? Wherever you are on this journey, think about your progress and how you can grow to become the best version of yourself to help others on their spiritual journey!