2. What is the purpose behind this awakening? and 3. How does our life change if we choose to answer this call?
Joseph Campbell, in his book, The hero with a thousand faces noted that all human beings share a common journey through life that can be characterized as a Hero’s quest. This quest follows specific archetypes one of which is the call to awaken. This call is sometimes experienced as a quiet voice within trying to get our attention, or it might be a traumatic situation that suddenly throws our life into confusion, or it might arise when we are going through a significant transition in our life. Whatever the source of the call each of us is given multiple opportunities to consciously examine our present life situation and offered a chance to expand beyond the status quo that we have settled into.
Here is the essential tension every human being faces when the call to awaken arrives. Will I stay safe within the boundaries of my status quo life even if doing so means I may never experience the quality of life I came out of the world to experience and express, or will I take the risk to boldly lean into the discomfort and fear of uncertainty that will surely follow if I choose to answer the call and surrender my security for the possibility that I will be guided and supported along whatever unknown path I am led to breakthrough to a higher and more fulfilling level of consciousness from where I will experience my life and the world beyond more deeply and authentically? And with this expanded perspective encounter a more meaningful and fulfilling quality of my life that I can share with others who are struggling with the same choice of staying safe and living half a life or daring to risk their security to experience the life they were born to live.
No one can make this choice for another. What the great wisdom traditions teach us is that for those brave souls who choose to answer the call, even though their journey is filled with dangers and difficulties, the universe ensures that guides and helpers accompany the seeker and support their progress in order to help them secure the boon that awaits them at the end of their quest. Whether this boon is wisdom, compassion, love, understanding or a host of other life-affirming gifts one thing is certain, by choosing to answer the call to awaken and trusting that the universe will support you along your path of discovery, your life as you presently know it will be forever changed and the quality of your experience, as the result of your courage and commitment to live as fully and bravely as possible, will bring to you a quality of life that will exceed your greatest expectations.