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Behind each tale is the sense that a person must give themselves fully to the adventure of life or fail to find the story they came to earth to live. According to the old myths, failing to discover and live the dream of one’s life is a fate worse than death.

Michael Meade

The key is to let go of two things: grasping and aversion. Grasping is when the mind desperately holds on to something and refuses to let it go. Aversion is when the mind keeps something away and refuses to let it come. These two qualities are the flip sides of each other. Grasping and aversion together account for a huge percentage of the suffering we experience, perhaps 90 percent, maybe even 100 percent. — Chad-Ming Tan


“Normally I didn’t see a great deal. I didn’t hear a great deal either. I didn’t pay attention. Strictly speaking I wasn’t there. Strictly speaking I believe I’ve never been anywhere.”
— Samuel Beckett, “The End”


“Each life is formed by its unique image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny. As the force of fate, this image acts as a personal daimon, an accompanying guide who remembers your calling. — James Hillman


We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.

— -W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)


Q: What is the goal of spiritual work?
A: An irrealization of thingness across expanse.
Q: What is irrealization?
A: Realization makes reality seem real, and irrealization unmakes it.

— David Chaim Smith


Because it is so easy to forget what we so desperately need to remember; old stories talk of golden treasures and great dreams that call us to undertake adventures and pilgrimages that in the end reveal what was within us all along.”
— Michael Meade

What is real is the soul’s journey, not the physical world we see everyday. Too many of us live in a state of quasi slumber, as Becket points out. Too few of us find why we live. The golden treasure escapes us. The adventure of life lives in tales of the great dreams that fascinate us. We long for the soul’s adventure.

Finding that individual life-mission is a task of waking up, something not many people manage. Everything in our social construct is set up to distract us from the adventure meant for us. Things have come to a head recently on our planet. We are being asked to wake up and become real on the soul level. If we choose to stay asleep the world is in mortal danger.

Things have gotten seriously out of balance simply because humans are out of balance.

How many of us feel that we have to do something? Here on Medium, a forum for aspiring writers, how many of us feel we must write or else lose any sense of meaning in life? Is writing your grand adventure?

The world needs people who are living their mission, their grand adventure. Too many of us are seduced by commercialized dreams of possessions, comfort, fame and fortune. No soul dreams of such things, but that’s what is sold to us from childhood through our whole lives. If we buy that dream we live a very stupid life. We never have an inkling why we live, what we’re doing here or who we are.

Finding your personal way is work. It rarely comes easy, because you have to develop an immunity to the social pressures that are exerted on you as a child. How many brilliant talented people do you know who don’t see or believe in their own brilliance. It’s common, and it’s tragic.

Somehow you need to overcome and survive the common challenges to healthy self respect that we face from the get-go in our culture. Being sensitive is a great asset, but it can consign you to a life of excess modesty and self doubt if you internalize the judgments of others. You have to develop a fine disregard for other peoples’opinions.

You will need to stay close to your soulfulness, navigate by intuition and instinct, stop talking yourself out of what you love and have always loved. The world needs your truest, most real self.

What it doesn’t need is another clone.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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