After we have accepted the Call of the Hero’s Journey and stepped out in faith, realizing the resources at our disposal and the Truth at the center of our Being, we stand boldly in the knowledge that we have overcome our greatest odds. As the Buddha states, “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”
This is when we seize our sword. This is when we truly realize ourselves as the hero. When we can, in the face our own psyches, not allow our pasts, our fears, our neuroses, or our supposed mental disorders to assault us anymore. We hold our sword aloft with great fervor and a new understanding and control over who we really are. We sever our attachments to the past. We swing through our fears, dissipating them into the nothing they really are. We parry and thrust through neuroses and disorders, conquering all of our demons with one fell swoop, standing for a single instant as the master of our destinies, and swearing to carry that moment for the rest of our lives.
As we swing, as we attack, and as we fight, we realize that we are fighting ourselves. All of the fears and neuroses and each moment of our past that has developed into a current problem are part of who we are, or at least who we’ve come to accept as who we are. But by plunging the sword through our own hearts and killing the person that we were, we defeat all that stands against us. We die to ourselves. We let go. We wait for the second coming.
Make sure to follow the Hero’s Journey through The McAllister Code.