When you face depression, childhood trauma, self-harm, abuse, grief, job loss, relationship break-up, injustice, betrayal, illness, suicidality, addiction, or spiritually, the dark night of the Soul, you are living the Hero’s Journey.
In Ancient Greece teachers showed their students how to live that Hero’s Journey in a tough world through stories of mythology. Theseus had to face his deepest fears in the labyrinth (a symbol for the sub-conscious mind). The Minotaur, a potent symbol for what lies in all of our Pandora’s Boxes, might be depression, a relationship break-up, a loss or other trauma that keeps us chained to perceptions of limitation, failure and isolation. For the spiritual seeker it is the very thing that stops us from finding the Holy Grail, the True Self, Great Spirit, Soul or God.
The world appears divided, full of confusion and deceit, dangerous and harsh, and so those who face their Minotaur are the ones who succeed in life and reclaim their very Soul for their own. They are the ones who symbolise strength, courage, humility, compassion, leadership, respect, peace and love. Others who decide not to face the Minotaur within end up projecting their Minotaur on everyone else and the world, manipulating others for their own ends and leading the world towards the edge of an abyss.
When faced with overwhelming emotions and feelings of stuckness, hopelessness and confusion, the symbol of the hero gives the seeker something more tangible to guide you out of the labyrinth of the sub-conscious mind with all its limiting beliefs, unending dramas of negative thinking and memories of trauma.
Like every hero, the individual who faces their demons inside and out, goes through a journey of separation, initiation and return.
Seekers initially go through a phase of separation from themselves – depression, anxiety, crisis of relationships, death, illness and trauma or a dark night of the Soul. Initiation requires helpers along the way identifying the trial itself – the challenge, the changes required and finding new ways of looking at the problem and what it may be encouraging us to find in its place – changes within, changing those around us, changing a job, relationship, letting go of something that is no longer helping us anymore. It means facing our demons from the past and resolving old resentments, fears and desires that we have outgrown. The return marks the confrontation, developing strength to face the enemy within or without and then doing it. It means facing the child within and becoming the carer of oneself and those around us. It means integrating the parent within and rising from childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood. It is a coming of age, a rite of passage, a test and then achievement and success. It requires seeing things differently and becoming the change you want to see in the world – it is about transformation and overcoming the greatest fear and living the life of the hero ultimately becoming the creator of your life in the world and moving into wise old sage. It is a process of self-realisation and a new trust and knowledge that the strength, wisdom and ability was within all the time.
Anxiety, depression, anger, resentment and fear are silver-lined thunder clouds. They bring us closer to who we are inside so we can change who we are on the outside. Counselling and Spiritual Direction both achieve that goal depending on whether you are materially or spiritually inspired.
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Whether you wish to have Counselling or Spiritual Direction you are welcome to have a free consultation to explore some more of where you are at and what you wish to achieve. After that there is no obligation to take up formal session-work. I do not offer in-person counselling or spiritual direction, only via video – Skype, VSee or WhatsApp – or telephone.
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Crisis Support for Mental Health
Unfortunately I cannot provide 24/7 crisis counselling. If you are experiencing a crisis and need support immediately please contact The Samaritans by calling 116 123 or visiting their website at Samaritans.org.
Also you might find this fact sheet crisis-_teams useful which explains what support is available for you. It is published by the Rethink website and provides a great deal of information. I also provide lots of support and links in this website to help for depression in the resources section.
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