“The words “many are called, but few are chosen” are singularly appropriate here, for the development of personality from the germ-state to full consciousness is at once a charisma and a curse, because its first fruit is the conscious and unavoidable segregation of the single individual from the undifferentiated and unconscious herd.” ~ Carl Jung, The Development of Personality
This is what, in the Hero and Heroine’s Journey, is known as answering the call, which takes the journeyer or heroine, “out of the society that would have protected them, and into the dark forest, into the world of fire, of original experience,” as Joseph Campbell mused.
It’s a powerful notion, and if you’ve answered the call and left the interpreted path into original experience, you’ll know that it takes a lot of heart, resilience, and devotion to be separate from the herd and all that it entails.
Read the rest of Campbell’s quote about this off-trail journeying, and find other links on The Hero’s Journey, in one of the most popular Sophia’s Children posts (along with other related insights) – Storms, Cycles and Black Madonnas.
May 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm
A perfect compliment to living authentically! “It takes a lot of heart, resilience, and devotion to be separate from the herd and all that it entails.” I can relate to this! Thanks Jamie. 🙂
May 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm
You’re welcome, and thank you, too, Karen! I really enjoyed your post, and it seemed like well-timed medicine. (I added the link in my comment to the Jung quote for you, so feel free to delete it now that you’ve seen it!). I can relate to that as well (no wonder we meet up in the blog-o-sphere!). xoxo Jamie
May 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm
No it’s great, I hope others come by to read your beautiful work! Glad we are connected ❤️
May 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm
🙂 Me, too.
December 11, 2015 at 5:43 pm
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A fine Quoteworthy for the Friday Sagittarius New Moon (neatly trine Uranus in Aries, igniting those ‘fiery arrows’ of stirred-and-centered vision … are you noticing them as they arise?).
For a few more themes aligned to the current archetype-energies stirring around and within us, check out the recent post, Rebels and Mystic Sells (and related articles that pop up in the links).
The Trickster and rebel-system-agitator is afoot, holding the torch to illuminate the fiery arrows of the vision quest we’ll undertake in the coming months and year, and to transmute … that’d be reduce to ash … the energy of the calcified beliefs or ‘cultural norms’ that are past their expiry date and have gone sour or rancid.
‘Tis the season.
What purpose clues, vision stirrings, and far-off-horizons call to you?
Where will you aim your ‘fiery arrows’ for the coming vision quest journey?
Muse on those questions, or schedule a reading or coaching session to explore these questions, themes, and inspired possibilities in more depth.
Big Love and Happy New Moon in the meanwhile,
December 13, 2015 at 3:50 am
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December 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm
Reminds me of a Joseph Campbell saying which has been a guiding light for me. “If the path ahead is clear, then it is probably someone elses.” Awesome as always. Warmest wishes!