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winter oasis

Hi Gerard, and anyone else who reads this.
I remember part or one of my dreams last night. I was either in a harness or parachute, flying across this beautiful landscape with gorgeous mansions. It looked as though it was a tropical place yet there was snow. The homes looked like beautiful Spanish villas, one was abandoned and another was full of life with wild trees and fruit in a backyard garden. I didn't have control of where I was going, I knew I was to be dropped off somewhere and I remember hoping it wasn't the abandoned house. Instead, I found myself in front of a corporate building. I walked in and was greeted by a young man who escorted me up the stairs. On my way up people were whispering to me "He isn't real, you know. He's a Hologram". That is all I remember, I do know my dream segued into another but I just can't remember. Thanks for your help.

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Re: winter oasis

While you may at times feel you are harnessed by certain responsbilities in life, you are exploring new landscapes that offer greater freedoms. These possibilites are rich in every way but if not approached properly can leave you high and dry. But the possibilities are so great they are very tempting. You feel as though you don't have the control you wish you had in this situation and you aren't sure which way to proceed. Waking responsbilities are always present and those responsbilities are leading you. You feel the freedom that is within your reach is not really obtainable, or is imaginary.

Go with your intuitive guide. Society will never let you be completely free but this must not stand in your way of being your true self, doing the thing you really wish to do.

What in your waking live fits the above? You probably know. My advice comes from the simple phrase Joseph Campbell often used in living life; Follow your bliss. And you will come to bliss.
Gerard

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Re: winter oasis

Hi Gerard,

Thanks again for your interpretation. I have thought about your response and have been trying to apply it to my life and I am not sure what is holding me back from being free or how to follow my bliss. What I can tell you is that I will be embarking on a business opportunity in March which is exciting and frightening at the same time. This is a franchise opportunity that my boss/friend has offered me. I know it will entail a lot of work and since I will be her first franchise there will be several little glitches and details that need to be worked out. I do not have complete control over the business and maybe that is where I feel held back (harnessed). The business will be part-time since it is a weekend birthday party service for children. This, in addition to my current job may be a bit overwhelming and leave little time for myself. I am excited about it and I am not sure if this is following my bliss or if it will be the thing that prevents me from following it. I think I have to decide what is 'my bliss' first.

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JUMA,
Joseph Campbell said this about following your bliss, "it isn't merely a matter of doing whatever you like, and certainly not doing simply as you are told. It is a matter of identifying that pursuit which you are truly passionate about and attempting to give yourself absolutely to it. In so doing, you will find your fullest potential and serve your community to the greatest possible extent."

You are still at an age where career is an important part of your life. If you give all your energy to this adventure {new franchise business} and find it only rewarding in monetary terms then you will probably not feel the fulfillment the soul desires. I believe following your bliss is not only benefitical to the individual but also provides rewards for others, and again not in an absolute material way. Following your bliss is for the soul. It is the soul's adventure.
Another proverb that Campbell often quoted was, "if you do it for money you are off your path. If you are doing because it is what your heart truly loves doing, you will have the nescessary mresources to live by and will also find your bliss."

Something that I have stated a couple of times in recent posts is about the demands of the social dragon upon those seeking to follow their bliss. It can be overwhelming, and although one must stay the course I believe in today's world you have to temper your bliss with the necessities of life. But that bliss must be quinced, and should be the ultimate goal. If by taking on this new project, it provides you will an ability to ultimately follow your true bliss, then it may merely be a step in the direction of finding your bliss station. You are still young enough to pursue a career and find your bliss. The greatest desire is to have a job or career that is 'your bliss'. The sooner you get to that point in life the realize the rewards for the soul.

The first thing that needs to be done is to identify what your bliss is. And then proceed on a course so you can live out of your bliss.


To give you some idea of what I mean I will state my position in life {I'll be 55 in a couple of weeks} and how I have had to incorporate my bliss with the realities of life.
I am a contractor {fences, decks, etc.} and have been for most of the last 27 years. When I discovered my spiritual path {part of the bliss is spiritual and creative} back in 1994 I completely abandoned everything I had built and moved to Florida {I'm from Tennessee}. I didn't have a lot of money, did not have a place to live, no friends or relatives to help me, and no real prospects for employment. But I was on an adventure. Within the first week after my arrival I had found a nice place to live, found a good job and found new friends at the local Unitarian/Universalist church. In the hero's adventure, if you give yourself over to the journey and forget your fears, things fall into place. And they did. This journey {short lived as it was} proved to me that the formula Campbell spoke of was indeed true.

Of course outside of merely being on an adventure I was also confronting my inner demons, something that is a part of all lives, whether they realize the journey or not.

But I still had not discovered my true bliss. That did not come until I learned how to use the computer and how to build websites {self taught}. Then Myths-Dreams-Symbols was born. First a simple few pages that gave clues to what MDS is today. I am able to be creative and giving at the same time. The giving is in sharing what I have discovered from my experiences over the past 12+ years and providing a format where others can benefit from that knowledge.

In the hero's journey, the hero/heroine must return to society and share the boons that he/she has discovered.

But I am not there as of yet. I still spend 6 months of the year having to be a contractor, making a living. I have made sacrifices, live on a lot less money, and no longer do I aspire for material wealth {as when I was younger and before my realization of my journey}. I am having to compromise, even though my greatest wish is to put all my energies into Myths-Dreams-Symbols. As far as MDS has evolved, it is but a part of what it could be if I had the time and resources {I cover all costs maintaining my sites}to do it full time.

So I temper my advice to you and others who have discovered the journey but have to live in this material world as it is. If you enter into this business, do it with a kind and spiritual heart, always being honest and ethical. That alone puts you in a realm of the hero's adventure, a higher realm, the path being as much spiritual as anything. And if this new adventure does not work out {I started my business parttime while working fulltime as an environmentalist with the local health department}, then you can always change your life. It may be more difficult later on but often you have to make decisions based on what the moment calls for. The world is so complicated, so dragon oriented, you sometimes have little choice.

In closing, if you should ever decide to pack up and go on that great adventure {as I did in 1994}, you will find the helping hands are there with you, all the time protecting you and providing the resources you need to continue on your journey. I know that from first hand experience. Myth has stories of such adventures in very culture. It is with nature's patterns to provide for those who do follow their bliss.
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