An article in the New York Times a few weeks ago broke my heart and angered my soul. It was about the rapes that are occurring in the African Congo. This particular news story told of repeated rapes on an 80-year-old woman. Of her experience, she says she was “demolished.”
When I read stories like this, the ache in my heart reshapes itself into anger and then determination. My creative work is a result of my inner life’s path. The tools and processes I developed allowed me to re-member the feminine in my own life and to understand how that emotional energy drives my life from the inside out. Now, I want to show others the secrets I discovered, and the path that is possible out of the darkness and the ravages against the feminine, in form and function.
Some would say the wisdom I gained from my inner path, and the tools developed as part of that, is mine alone to savor and use. I disagree. Wisdom carries with it a responsibility to share that wisdom with others. It is the last chapter of the hero’s journey and the final step in the creative process. It is, too, the role of the wise elder. It is also the path to “right work.”
Patricia Aburdene, a writer and colleague, said it succinctly: it is only through a personal spiritual journey that you discover your mission and purpose and from that discovery and the wisdom that results, find your place in the world. This is how the wounded become healers, warriors become statesmen, victims become advocates, and CEOs and executives and managers become corporate change agents.
It is also how the world changes, one hero, one path to wisdom, one new story at a time
Your Story: What wisdom have you gained as a result of your personal spiritual path? How does that wisdom inform your “right work” in the world? How can you leverage it even more?