Bliss Is Our Compass

Taking stock of a summer of creative projects so that I can determine how to move forward, I flounder.

Falter.

Which step to take, in what direction?  It feels discouraging to scour the landscape for a path and find none.

Then, finally, thankfully, Joseph Campbell’s profound wisdom echoes over time and space to counsel again: “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” 

Right.

Whenever we delve deeply into what’s meaningful to us, seeking to create and share something uniquely, genuinely ours, there is no path.  It can be lonely, daunting.  An enormous struggle requiring buckets of courage and tenacity.  (I wrote about Brian Wilson’s inspiring quest here.) Which is why we so often give up on offering the vision, the gift of our true selves.

As the sun sets on the day, I still don’t know how to proceed, and for at least one endeavor, am running out of time to prepare–or pull out.  A glow suddenly catches my peripheral vision–I thought it was a flashlight. I look out the window to see the luminous moon rising.  Moonglow bathing the neighborhood.

The scene, the generous radiance remind me not to shrink, but to keep seeking to expand. As does Campbell’s unforgettable anthem of expansiveness:

Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living…
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”

 

Photos courtesy of Nikki Carrara © 2017; Sculpture: Gil Boro

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