Monday, June 26, 2017

The Hero and Heroine’s Journey and the Journey of Re-enchantment


The path of transformation is what people often call the Hero’s Journey—it’s the quest to “find oneself.” This has traditionally been seen as a male process, popularized by Joseph Campbell. When asked if there was a female version, a Heroine’s Journey, Campbell was said to have responded with the idea that women “are already there” and don’t really need one. Let’s first look at the process as Campbell outlined it. There are 12 phases. 

1. Ordinary World
This is where the Hero exists as the story begins; it’s the safe, everyday life, where he is defined by culture, family, and deeds. 

2. Call To Adventure
The Hero's adventure begins when he receives a call to action, such as a direct threat to his safety, family, community, or way of life. It disrupts his comfort and presents a challenge or quest that must be undertaken.

3. Refusing the Call
The Hero may be eager to accept the quest, but he has doubts, second thoughts, or fears of inadequacy that need overcoming. If he refuses the call he may suffer somehow. 

4. Meeting the Mentor
Now comes a turning point; the Hero needs guidance and meets a mentor who gives him something he needs—an special object, insight, wise advice, or practical training that builds self-confidence. 

5. Crossing The Threshold
The Hero begins his quest, whether it be physical, spiritual or emotional. He crosses the threshold, entering an unfamiliar world. 

6. Tests, Allies, Enemies, Obstacles
Out of his comfort zone, the Hero confronted a difficult series of challenges that test him in a variety of ways. He must overcome each to move toward his goal. He may earn allies who help prepare him for greater ordeals yet to come. His skills and/or powers are tested.

7. Approaching the Inmost Cave
The inmost cave represents a terrible danger or inner conflict, which until now the Hero has not had to face. As the Hero approaches the cave he again encounters doubts and fears, may need time to reflect and integrate what’s happened so far, and make final preparations for taking the final leap into the unknown.


8. Ordeal
The Supreme Ordeal involves facing a deadly foe, physical test, or deep inner crisis that the Hero must survive, or so the Hero’s world will continue to exist. Only through some form of "death" can the Hero be reborn with greater powers or insight necessary to fulfill his destiny. This is the high point of the story, where everything he holds dear is put on the line. 

9. Reward 
After defeating the enemy, surviving death, and overcoming his greatest personal challenge, the Hero is transformed into a new state, emerging as a stronger person, often with a prize. The Reward may be: a power object, secret, great knowledge or insight, or reconciliation with an ally.

10. The Road Back
Now the Hero must return home with his reward but this time the anticipation of danger is replaced with that of acclaim, vindication, or exoneration. He must cross the threshold again back to the Ordinary World. Before he commits to the last stage of the journey he must choose between his own personal objective and that of a Higher Cause.

11. Resurrection
This final climax or battle represents something greater than the Hero's own existence. The outcome has far-reaching consequences to the lives of those he left behind. Ultimately the Hero succeeds, destroying his last blocks to total clarity and wisdom.

12. Return with the Elixir
The Hero returns home to his Ordinary World a changed man and now looks forward to starting a new life. His return—with proof of his journey—may bring hope and new perspective to those he left behind, or a solution to their problems. The Hero's doubters will be ostracized, his enemies punished and his allies rewarded.


Certainly women go through many similar stages in moving from the limited self to the fully integrated spiritual self, but they don’t do it alone; they often enlist a team and work with and for their loved ones. They speak truth to power and bring forth their masculine power to balance their feminine power.

But there is a newer idea of the mythology, described by Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.,
called The Journey of Re-enchantment—and it applies equally to both men and women.

It starts with a world of magic where dolls and plants speak to us and animals are magicians. Daydreams are real. As we get older we encounter disenchantment, forgetfulness, and adaptation; we learn to adapt to society’s right-brain world where birds stop bringing messages and imaginary friends go away. We try to be grown up. And we move into alienation from the magical. We almost forget it was ever there. Creativity gives way to adult “practicality.” 

Next we experience rupture and underworld descent. When we detach too long from the numinous, intuitive side of life, it summons us, through our own unconscious via negativity, stuckness, nightmares, or prolonged dissatisfaction. What we thought was normal turns inside out; nothing is as it seems. Life tells us, “You were made for more.” And so, we begin the first seeking where we ask the big questions and begin to study our existing worldview. 

The very act of sustained searching for a path brings renewed life and yearning and we experience the next stage of re-emergence, where there is a feeling of relief and vital energies flow again. We haven’t found the ultimate answer, so we keep looking and enter the next stage of more seeking. Now we find mentors, learn new truths, discard toxic people and situations, find new self-expression, and feel more upbeat.

In the next phase, we find the magic door. We pass a threshold and awaken to the richness of our own imagination. Life makes sense in a deep way. What was fragmented connects. The heart opens. Next, we learn to live in both worlds—moving between the physical and nonphysical realities and merging the two. In other words, we know how to balance left and right brain perception. As we become adept at this, we open the door for others; we mentor and teach others, become thought leaders, and examples for others. We share how we moved from innocence to disenchantment to re-enchantment and invite others to find their own path. We see life as truly magical.

I suggest you look at your own process of personal growth so far, and see how you have traversed these various stages.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Announcing Penney's New Book! Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity


Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity is the 4th in Penney Peirce's series of award-winning, visionary guidebooks on personal and societal transformation from Beyond Words/Atria/Simon & Schuster, following The Intuitive Way, Frequency, and Leap of Perception.  

It launches officially October 10, 2017 but is available now to pre-order at amazon, B&N, and other booksellers.

Transparency is a book about letting go of everything and receiving everything. It’s about the irony of having no ego and an amazing personal presence, of not being intellectual and being a genius, of not needing to rescue the sufferers of the world and being a powerful force for healing. This book is about how becoming transparent empowers the good while seeming dangerous, how it lets you be empty and spacious while being full, and free while also belonging. This is a book about making enlightenment normal.

Transparency helps you understand how we’ve come to live in an “opaque reality” created by collective beliefs based on fear. In the opaque reality we forget our connection to each other, our soul, and the divine—and feel isolated and stuck. We suffer. To become transparent we must dissolve the “clutter” that’s in the way of our natural, frictionless state, which always exists underneath the commotion. It’s about remembering the truth of a more enlightened way of living, and returning to it. The book helps you clear your subconscious blocks in a rapid and thorough manner, identify the feeling state of transparency, and have the courage to be vulnerable, authentic, exposed, and available.

The book helps you understand that transparency functions horizontally in the physical world, and in these end times of the Information Age, that’s mainly about fluidity and freedom of information in business and government. As we shift into the Intuition Age, transparency also functions vertically between the physical and nonphysical worlds—and today, the frequencies of the two realms interpenetrate more fully than ever before. There is constant and immediate translation between the “inner blueprint” of a reality and the outer form, so when you dissolve your clutter, your optimal reality (destiny) materializes without distortion, direct from the soul’s wisdom.

Transparency helps you learn that when you’re transparent, there is great power in being seen for all of who you are. Secrets, lies, and hiding are no longer functional. Honesty, simplicity, and true humility produce genius. And, when you’re transparent, you are empowered to see through situations that blind and confuse others. You have X-ray vision. Clarity in yourself equates to clarity everywhere.

Transparency also addresses the knotty issue of living through this chaotic “bridge time” between the opaque reality based on old linear perception (the Information Age) and the transparent reality based on spherical-holographic perception (the Intuition Age). When you’re becoming transparent and others aren’t, negative repercussions and reprisals can influence you to backslide, making it a challenge to be a thought leader. 


What people are saying:

Here’s another in a series of leading edge books from a gifted visionary. With Transparency, Penney Peirce moves further into her detailing of personal and societal transformation, describing what real, radical transparency is and how we can embody it—both in our own lives and in our relationships and organizations. This material is timely and so necessary.
—Mike Dooley
NY Times Bestselling Author of Infinite Possibilities

Once again, Penney Peirce has pierced the present collective spirit, and clearly describes the accelerating evolution of our global family. Penney is a pioneer who has long been scouting the territory of consciousness. Today, many people are sensing an imminent turning point, but aren’t sure what it means for them. Penney's practical insight about this evolutionary shift can be the tool that makes all the difference in how you live from here on out! I highly recommend you read Transparency!

—Carol Adrienne, Ph.D.
NY Times Bestselling Author of The Purpose of Your Life, and Co-author of The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide

 
Penney Peirce's Transparency is a true treasury of practices that ushers readers into their radiant simplicity of being, the Self that has dropped the illusions of being separate from the Whole, allowing itself to be utterly authentic and transparently seen. 

—Michael Bernard Beckwith
Author of Spiritual Liberation and Life Visioning

If you want to make enlightenment an everyday experience, then this book by Penney Peirce is a breath of fresh air. She shows that there is great power in being seen for who you really are and having the courage to be honest, vulnerable, authentic, exposed, and available to one another. Anyone who wants to be a thought leader and influencer must dig deep into this material.
—James Twyman

NY Times Bestselling Author of the The Moses Code

Penney Peirce has given us a guidebook about dissolving everything that interferes with our soul expressing directly through our personality. You really can clear your “clutter” and be willing to give up secrets, lies, and hiding. When you become transparent, fear has nowhere to live, and your life expands with compassion and peace.
—Mackenzie Phillips

Actress and NY Times Bestselling Author of Hopeful Healing and High on Arrival

 

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Friday, June 9, 2017

The Art of Perception, from Leap of Perception, by PenneyPeirce


Perception. To me this word includes the whole thing, from the experience of being merged with a unified field of energy and consciousness, to the vibrating, oscillating journey through involution into the physical world, then back from the physical world to the nonphysical through evolution. Where there is consciousness, there too is perception, revealing the territory. Along the spectrum of consciousness there are many kinds of knowing — like attention — that we must become reacquainted with and more adept at experiencing so we won’t be unnecessarily paralyzed and at the effect of ignorance. 

The world continues to accelerate. The vibration of our bodies follows along. And as our physical reality increases its frequency, our emotional and mental realities do, too. Our minds are adapting to this new high-speed reality and it means our lens is being cleaned and polished. New ways of perceiving are being born, ways that didn’t make sense when the earth and its inhabitants were slower, which was probably just last week! 

If we can learn to use perception wisely, which includes left-brain and right-brain attention, there are two big benefits. First, skillful perception will enable us to more easily and quickly navigate the difficult phases of the transformation process, where we must shift from the old reality constructs of the Industrial and Information Ages into the new reality rules of the Intuition Age. We’re breaking extremely longstanding, deeply ingrained habits of perception and instigating new ones. This is incredibly challenging.

Second, once we get there, skillful perception can help us adapt to life in the transformed reality and function successfully according to the new rules. The more people who become “early adopters” of this knowledge and way of life, who can embody and model it, the stronger the inner blueprint for transformation will be. Then the influence of the new increases and the next wave of people can slip into the enlightened reality faster and more effortlessly. And so on and so forth, with geometrically increasing ease, until we’re all living in the new energy-based world. This is the dream I feed with my attention. 

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find
themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
—Eric Hoffer

copyright by Penney Peirce, 2009

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Penney Peirce's Intuition Intensive-Immersion in Copenhagen - August 18-20, 2017


Join Penney Peirce and therapist Nanna Agerlin In beautiful Copenhagen at a beautiful time of year for an in-depth, focused and fun workgroup to improve your intuition! Learn to read your body, other people, and the energy field around you. Access accurate answers from your right brain and from preverbal “energy information.” Shift into your intuition at will and “feel into” things more and more deeply. You can cultivate fluidity and the ability to recognize and clear even the most subtle blocks to your own flow of talent, wisdom, and love. You can learn to trust yourself.

We’ll focus on these abilities:
— working skillfully with the left and right brain; moving easily through the creation cycle and the “round trip” between the physical, and the nonphysical, unified field 
reality of the imaginal realm
— experiencing the consciousness of the body, the brain in the heart
— developing empathic sensitivity that informs but doesn’t overwhelm you
— interpreting and deciphering energy information and symbols
— reading patterns in people and situations
— discriminating truth and safety from lies and inappropriateness
— heightening your clarity
— finding the optimal way through stuckness
— materializing what you want and need; dematerializing what’s old
— finding the sacred within the ordinary

How you can apply what you learn:
— drill down to find your latent talents and life purpose
— help others connect with their true self
— solve problems holistically and with a win-win for all involved
— develop greater faith in yourself and others
— stay in touch with inner guidance and self-entertainment
— expand your creativity and ability to ground your ideas
— reduce negativity, anxiety, and soul-blocking behaviors

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To make reservations, please contact Nanna Agerlin at info@nannagerlin.com