A Hero’s Task

“Thousands of years before anyone spoke of an ‘internal locus of control,’ the poets and bards of earlier epochs knew the decisive importance of walking toward one’s fate. The one who did this was known as the hero. Whoever daily confronts uncertainty and fear, no matter how mundane the gesture, is heroic in the psychological sense. ‘We each have an appointment with ourselves, though most of us never show up for it,’ writes Jungian analyst James Hollis. ‘Showing up, and dealing with whatever must be faced in the chasms of fear and self-doubt, that is the hero task.'”

An excerpt from Collision with Reality


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