“In a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, some portion of its lost heart.”
~ Louise Bogan, American Poet, and the fourth Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress (1897-1970)
Surely, if news headlines are any clue, the world has lost a good portion of its heart, and calls out for the restoration of its lost portions.
Restoring some portion of the world’s lost heart is the point of the Hero’s (or Heroine’s) Journey, or at least one of the shining facets of The Journey.
Those who’ve walked (or, like me, stumbled and crawled for a fair bit of) The Journey will know the truth in what Joseph Campbell said about the stages of the Hero’s Journey:
That the Return is the most challenging part of the journey — even moreso than the dreaded and, well, dark Dark Night.
Campbell noted that the Heroine dares the long journey not only because it’s a soul imperative, and it is that, but to seek some elixir that has gone missing from the world but is very much needed.
That the elixir — this unknown something — is much needed is why the Heroes and Heroines dare The Journey in the first place, and surely why they continue on with it in the midst of the “dark forest they know not,” as Dante said.
That the unknown something is a piece of the world’s lost heart, in Bogan’s words, and soul, too, makes so much sense; and it shows why the Hero’s Journey (and those brave enough to take it, and see it through to The Return) is so vital.
Which portion of the world’s lost heart is calling to be retrieved and shared by and through you?
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