How to Make the Powerful Easy
You have an instinctual ability to transform your life. Buried in your unconscious-Carl Jung would call it your Collective Unconscious-you have an urge to grow. With this urge comes a deep skill set analogous to your instinctual capacity to survive. When you get out of your way, or out of your head, you allow these skills to show up.
How do you go with this flow? You surrender. I know this statement makes a part of you scream No! However, you don’t need to trust me, but you do need to trust yourself. When you learn a new skill, we’ll say skiing, you keep raising the bar to raise your skill level. You practice and then you try steeper runs to the point where fear becomes excitement. When you’re learning to change, you may first tell your mind, “thank you for sharing, but I’m not going do what you suggest.” But as you keep stretching your comfort level, you begin to experience how your innate skill of balance takes over on the skies.
Now that you’re open to your ancestral skills showing up, let’s talk about them. Joseph Campbell, the fellow who made myths famous, also wrote about what he termed the Hero’s Journey. In his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, he outlines 13 stages of the journey of the hero. Being a researcher, he was brilliant and precise in his analysis of the process a person travels to create deep change. Campbell freely admits that these 13 stages are not always in the same order or even always present. His 13 stages are too unwieldy to use in creating change, but they’re great at analyzing it.
After working with thousands of clients, many groups and through my personal travels, I’ve observed five stages of change. These stages of the Whole Adventure are easy to orient to as you travel this adventure of deep change and creation demands simplicity and focus. These five natural stages will take you from one experience to the next while keeping you oriented to experiencing the full potential of your journey.
The Five Stages of the Evolutionary Chagne™
These are the same stages listed under the header of this blog.
- Imagine Allow your dream to lead you
- Commit Begin the adventure, start your revolution
- Catalyze Create with help from the WR and its members
- Integrate Integrate your creation into your success
- Share Apply your wisdom to changing your world
Through the posts of this blog, we will explore each stage and the entire Whole Adventure. Start experimenting with these stages. Start on small projects. Teach yourself what this instinctual process means for you. There is no one way to do it. The more you use this buried skill set, the better you will be at using it. It does work. It will make change deeper, quicker and easier. I’m a lazy fellow and I use this process to get out of work.
Photo by: Joseph Campbell Foundation