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The Belly Of The Whale


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Many mythological stories have common elements.

Joseph Campbell called the basic mythological structure, "The Hero's Journey."

Not all myths fit it, or have all of the elements, but plenty of them do.

For example, many archetypical heroes start out as orphans.

Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, Peter Parker, Dorothy, etc.

And most of them are forced on a mission.

They don't have a choice.

The part when they have no choice but to accept their mission is usually a very pivotal point in the story.

Luke finding out the stormtroopers killed his parents.

Peter Parker realizing that the guy he let get away killed his uncle Ben.

And many others.

This is when the character, and the viewer, know that it's ON.

Another very common element is what Campbell calls the "Belly of the Whale" whale experience.

Taken from when Jonah got swallowed into a whale.

Usually a character has to be stuck in some deep location, where it's only him and his greatest fears.

For Luke, this was when he went into the cave to face Darth Vader.

In many Greek Myths, hero's had to go to Hell to complete their transformation.

Even Jesus had to be dead for three days before his final transformation.

How can we normal humans use this "belly of the whale idea?"

When we face our fears.

When there's nobody else around but us and our fears.

Only by facing them down, can we step up a level in our lives.

Luckily, we don't have to get swallowed by a whale or go to hell.

These are only metaphors, which intend to guide us, to inspire us.

So where will you find your greatest fears?

In your mind.

We all have them.

But we keep them hidden.

However, you don't have to face them all at once.

You can slowly use your creative imagination and creep up on them.

Slowly imagine them, a bit more each time.

Run through every fearful scenario in mind you can dream up, and slay your inner demons.

The more you do that in your inner world, the easier it will be to conquer life in the outer world.

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