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Hero Affliction


Once upon a time, yet not so long ago, I was driving to work on a sunny morning and noticed the sun shining through the dark green forest.

Suddenly an insight hit me. You know those intuitive moments we have and often pay little attention. However, this “thought” trapped me and the longer I pondered it, the clearer it came. I wondered why I do not always pay attention to these flashes of insight, since I was enjoying this moment so much. I now want to share this insight with you.

I quickly understood how often we give our power away and as a result feel powerless, through turning other people into our heroes or heroines. I realized that we start losing our power as little children by turning our parents, family, and friends into our heroes. We continue this action as we grow older and turn our teachers, professors, leaders, bosses, sport stars, and media stars into our heroes/heroines. This “bad habit” can be attributed to the conditioning or training from our upbringing. And we can change this through our prayer and meditation practices. Seeing the light within us, especially the heroine, is one of the reasons that I created the Athena Greek Goddess doll. Additionally, I created Athena doll to be a symbol or a reminder for women and girls of their heroine light. Goddess Athena has served for centu­ries, myriad people, as a wise and powerful heroine archetype.

Unfortunately, we often see the hero as someone other than ourselves. When do we stop turning others into our personal heroes, rather than owing the hero-light within? Are we taught to own our inner hero at an early age? I was not. Eventually we have to grow up and own our power and claim the hero/heroine within. But of course, this is dangerous stuff! Meaning then we have to also take the responsibility, which comes with the being the “hero/heroine.”

I quickly took inventory of my life during that drive to work. Unfortunately, I was guilty of turning others into my heroes and heroines, instead of learning from them and empowering myself to become my own hero/heroine. I pondered again, why do we want to give our power away by allowing others to be our he­roes? Instead, when we can become the mighty hero ourselves and reap the reward that comes with such?

I am reminded of the wise and powerful author and lecturer, Marianne Williamson, in her book, “A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” I know this is a true statement. It is easier to allow others to be our heroes and hero­ines than to own the power ourselves.

Let’s chat about this a little more on a deeper spiritual level. We each are born with a soul and our soul contains our life inten­tions, dreams, talents, personal power, etc. Some people refer to the soul as a “higher self.” To realize our personal power, to claim the hero within, would mean that we would have to stop projecting our “higher self” or “light” onto others and live the hero life. This would include taking on the responsibility that we are more than physical beings and that we each contain the hero-light.

Our lives would dramatically change, if we would allow “oth­ers” to only be examples of what’s within us in lieu of project­ing our “hero-light” onto them. We each are heroes in our own right.

What may prevent some of us from owning our hero-light is that we have an unconscious belief that heroes die young or tragi­cally. This is not true; even though some history speaks to this. We must pause to consider that history is referring to the patri­archy hero, which has nothing to do with the higher-self hero. Consequently, we need to have a chat with our hearts making sure our minds can separate the patriarchy hero from the higher self hero…. so we can move beyond the fear of our own power­ful light for whatever reason.

Here is a question to reflect on:
Is it the fear of the heroic death that prevents us from owning our light or is it the fear of real­izing who we truly are? Is it not easier to project our precious light onto “others,” making them our heroes… rather than claim­ing our extraordinarily light? Owning our light means being responsible and naturally accountable.

Reflect this week on accepting your “higher self,” your light, your hero within. Look her/him straight in the eye and embrace her power and invite her to be a part of your life. The next time you decide to turn someone into a hero, ask yourself why? As Marianne Williams has stated, “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us”. It appears easier to see the “light” in others than ourselves.

Live Your Wisdom,

Wisdom Goddess Bev

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