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Your Mythical Being

Your Mythical Being

When we look for guidance in how to construct our everyday lives, we still need to answer the central question of self: What are my dreams and desires? And that can only be answered by asking, in addition, Who am I? What do I want? Whatís my purpose in this lifetime?

We know that our deepest relationships and meanings and contexts derive from the soul. And our aspiration also ultimately derives from the soul. In our time here on earth, this individual soul will not be fulfilled unless it completes its mythical quest, which we can think of as the Grand Plan around which our destinies are organized.

Inside every human being there is an overarching theme, a template for heroic living, a god or goddess in embryo that yearns to be born. This is who we were meant to be, the self that we deny ourselves because most of us cannot see the field of limitless potential that is open to us. This is our best self, the egoless self, that bit of the universe acting through us for the good of all.

You can pave the path to enlightenment by understanding the plan written on your soul, by nurturing the relationships that give you context and meanings, and by enacting your mythical drama. Out of that is born love and compassion. Out of that comes fulfillment and completion.

These mythical stories, these heroes and heroines within, are called archetypes. Archetypes are perennial themes that reside at the level of the collective, universal soul. These themes are representations of our collective soulís yearnings, imagination, and deepest desires. These themes have existed forever.

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press)

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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5:56PM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

7:58AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:00AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

As a Wiccan, I understand about archetypes, and while I agree with some of the article, I cannot agree with all of it.

1:50PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

"Inside every human being there is an overarching theme, a template for heroic living, a god or goddess in embryo that yearns to be born"

so beautiful, thank you

1:43AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

I see your point but ! I studied with pagans for a long time I found them to be very unhappy people due to their attempts to find/emulate gods and goddesses in their lives.

5:17PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

ty.

6:17PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

6:10PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

interesting, thank you for sharing!

1:22AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Thanks for sharing

7:07AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

I'm sure I've read this many times before, but it's so refreshing I could read it every morning! Love it

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