After reading my post about Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series, Amy Sorensen and I exchanged several e-mails in which Amy shared that her dream right now is to do precisely what she's chosen to do: be a full-time mother. She shares her story below:
For her third task, Psyche must fill a flask with water from an inhospitable stream, etched into a jagged cliff and guarded by dragons. To help her in this seemingly impossible task, the eagle of Zeus, CEO of Olympus, has the ability to see what it wants and plunge from the sky and grab it with its talons. The ability of Psyche to fill the flask is symbolic of her learning how to set a goal and to achieve that goal, avoiding the inevitable distractions. Tomorrow I begin working full-time on one of my dreams. There are so many things that need to be done to get the business up-and-running (legal documentation, bank accounts, insurance, payroll, etc), the start-up tasks could easily occupy all my time. But, the fact is, these tasks are secondary. The primary task is to invest wisely and well the monies entrusted to us. Would it be easier and less frightening to focus on the secondary tasks? Absolutely.
Said Jungian analyst, Jean Shinoda Bolen, "There is a potential heroine in everywoman." But do you and I really believe this? We can quickly rattle off books/films that tell of men's heroics. But of women? Not so fast. And what does the hero's journey of a woman (which is just another way of saying -- what do we need to do to really grow up and happily) look like anyway? According to several Jungian psychologists, including Bolen, our journey looks a lot like the mythological Psyche's journey.