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November Theme: Living Everyday Wonder - Home
The idea of “home” is primal among our collective archetypes. Across ages and cultures, it can most simply be said that “home is where the heart is.” Metaphorically, home is the place that is wholly (holy) known and familiar. That heart-filled place is where we feel safe and fully free to be our unvarnished selves, knowing we belong and that there is always unconditional love and acceptance. It is also the place where the human journey typically begins and ends. This month, we begin our discovery of Everyday Wonder—Home with an exploration of the archetype of home, as both the starting point and destination of the spiritual journey. We will discuss home in its idealized version, as we examine the great monomyth—also known as the Hero’s Journey—a metaphor for the process of psychological and spiritual maturation. We will continue with discussions about the “ideal home” and the paradox of safety – i.e. how having a sense of rootedness, belonging and boundaries empowers us to fly—to fully and freely be our best selves. Next, while many of us have a sense of what the home of our dreams might look or feel like, few of us have actually had the experience of living in our ideal, either in the past or in the present. In the third part of our series, we will explore how our childhood experiences influence how we see ourselves and the world, while preparing us for the work we are here to do. Finally, we conclude our discovery of Everyday Wonder at home with practices and ideas for realizing and experiencing the sense of home that lies nestled at the core of being...wherever we may go.
November 6 - There’s No Place Like Home
What do you have in common with Harry Potter, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Gautama Buddha and even Jesus? You and the rest of humanity are playing out the Hero’s Journey, which starts and ends in the place we call “home.”
We begin our discovery of Everyday Wonder - Home Edition, with the Hero’s Journey as a metaphor for the human journey of psychological and spiritual growth and transformation. The great monomyth begins and ends in the place we call “home.” This week we discuss the journey and contemplate where we see ourselves in the process.
November 13 - Roots and Wings
There are only two lasting bequests that we can hope to give our children—roots and wings.” This week we explore the relationship between freedom and safety and how childhood conditioning sets us up for what Einstein called “the most important decision we make.
In the words of Maya Angelou, “The ache for home lives in all of us.” Having a place to call home is a basic human need. At its best, home is the place where we feel a sense of rootedness and belonging, while also feeling free to fully express ourselves. It is a familiar place of unconditional love and acceptance. Today we explore the meaning of home and what makes it the place we all long for and need.
November 20 - H.O.M.E.
Not everyone looks forward to going home for the holidays. Sometimes “home” is the place that breaks us, leaving lifelong wounds that can be difficult to heal. H.O.M.E. may be the place where Healing Opportunities Manifest Everywhere. This week we discuss the “initiation phase” of the Hero’s Journey and how to withstand and navigate the trials and tribulations that are necessary for learning and growth.
While most of us could describe the essential elements of a healthy, happy home, there are far fewer who would say they grew up in their ideal home environment. Unhealed childhood pain and trauma can result in adverse effects in virtually every area of life. Some continue to feel like victims for life. Others understand that being victimized does not make one a victim. Our traumas need not define us. We define ourselves and the role we assign trauma in our lives. H.O.M.E. then becomes the place where Healing Opportunities Manifest Everywhere. The task of facing one’s inner dragons is part of the Hero’s initiation and is necessary for the transformation that results in psychological and spiritual maturity.
November 27 - Welcome to Your Dream Home
(Guest Speaker, Deborah Perdue, RScP)
The keys to the home of your dreams are in your heart and mind. Find out how to unlock the possibility and joy of being at home wherever you go.
Home…we end the journey where we began. As spiritual beings having a human experience, our true home is in the realm of Spirit. We come into this human experience as perfect, whole, complete beings…one with the Creator that brought us into being. As we embark on the human journey, we encounter danger and misfortune. We can get lost, forgetting where we came from and the truth of who we are. But the truth never changes. Those who dare to confront the dark cave of their fears are the ones who are transformed. Spiritual heroes are those who remember the truth of who they are and where they come from. When we recognize that truth, we can be at home wherever we may go. We so embody Oneness that others are at home in our presence. We then empower others to remember what it is to be at home and to be the heroes of their own journeys.