The journey ahead will not be easy… it is important that you understand and prepare for the challenges that await
Unlike the typical journeys that we read about in books or see in film, your journey will not likely be physical. Instead, the journey will take place in your mind. It will not be easy, the reality that you’ve accepted your whole life will be completely challenged. The rabbit hole goes very deep.
Please take the time to study the information presented below; the purpose of this page is to provide you with advice, perspective and tools to help you succeed on your quest. Some of the topics might not seem relevant to you at first, but they will make sense in time.
Throughout your journey, you can always return to this page. The information will always be relevant and may help you understand and cope with the revelations associated with expanding your reality.
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The Hero’s Journey
“The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development. It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization.”
Source — The Writer’s Journey
The Hero’s Journey applies to all stories, big and small. In fact, by reading this page, you are preparing to go on your own hero’s journey. View this website as one of the guides in your quest. It doesn’t necessarily have all of the answers but it can provide assistance and point you in the right direction.
Many of the monsters blocking your path on this journey will be the perception of reality that you begin to question. We define ourselves and our world based on a perception of reality. When that reality is called into question we are forced to make a choice, either struggle and resist the new reality or defeat our old perceptions and accept the new reality.
Step up and be a hero!
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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave provides a wonderful analogy of awakening process that all who seek the truth must experience and overcome. What is your reality? Your reality is based on your country, culture, religion and family that you grew up in. If you grew up in a different country or were raised in a different religion, your view of the world would be different.
What if everything you thought was real and true could be shown to be false or incomplete. How would you react to that knowledge? Would you close your eyes and cover your ears or would you accept the proof and change your reality? What would do after you accepted these new truths? How would your friends and family living in the old reality react to you?
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Understanding Cognitive Dissonance
On your upcoming journey, it is likely that you will experience something called cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is the uncomfortable feeling you experience when you are confronted with new information that challenges your reality. In order to deal with the discomfort you must either change your beliefs and reality or reject the information. I’ve included Wikipedia’s more complete definition below.
In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas, or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.
Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. An individual who experiences inconsistency (dissonance) tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and is motivated to try to reduce this dissonance—as well as actively avoid situations and information likely to increase it.
Source – Wikipedia
In order to successfully progress in journey, you must keep an open mind as well as learn to accept being in a constant state of cognitive dissonance.
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The Five Stages of Awakening
“You must unlearn what you have learned.”
One of the most difficult aspects of your journey ahead will be the personal struggle that you will face when you begin to realize that most of what you’ve been taught and believe to be true is in fact manipulated, manufactured and incomplete.
It’s not wise to build on a bad foundation; in order to be successful you need to let new information chip away at your current reality and allow it to crumble away. Once you reached bedrock you can then begin to build a new reality based on what you’ve learned.
As you break down these realities, you will likely experience something similar to the five stages of grief and loss as defined by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. You will experience this because a part of your old reality that used to define you is dying. In order to continue you must be brave and make peace with these reality changes.
The TruthNeverTold YouTube channel has created an excellent video detailing the five stages.
I can provide two insights from my own personal experience on this journey
The anger phase can be very challenging. As TruthNeverTold says, the key to moving through this period effectively is to use and direct your anger to focus on learning more. The trap that some people fall into is that they get stuck in anger (and ultimately hopelessness) and become bitter and jaded about the world. The problem is that they stopped while in the darkest part of their journey.
There are some very challenging revelations ahead, what is important is that you continue moving forward. What I can promise you is that the payoff at the end of the journey will make it all worth it.
As TruthNeverTold explains in the video, the Bargaining phase is very challenging. You will begin to reach out to the people that you know for support; you will tell them what you’ve learned in hopes of validation for the emotions and turmoil (cognitive dissonance) that you are feeling. Unfortunately, if they are still well rooted in the old reality and not looking to exit, it is unlikely they will provide the comfort that you seek. Instead you might inadvertently strain relationships and isolate yourself. I want you to know that it’s happened to the best of us.
Instead of overloading people with your newfound knowledge, stick to the 10% rule. Give them a taste of what you know and see how they react. If they are open to the information give them another 10%. If they continue to be open to the information, continue to provide more. If you hit a wall, or they start to resist, then stop. Move the conversation back to the content that they were able to digest or change the subject altogether. The danger is if you back people into a corner, their defences go up and they stop listening.
The key is to tread lightly.
Another suggestion is to search for other awakened people outside of your friends and family. You can find online forums specific to your areas of interest. These forums are full of like-minded people. There you can discuss your thoughts and feeling and get feedback. Just a word of warning, watch out for internet trolls, they are everywhere. These people like to cause trouble and depending on the subject they might also be paid to cause distraction.
As you go on this journey and your reality expands, you will likely experience these five stages multiple times. The good news is that as you progress you will become very adept at moving through the stages quickly and with less emotion.
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Tips to Remember
- You can return to this page any time you require guidance.
- Reach out to online communities for help if you need it. You’re not alone in this journey.
- Move at a comfortable pace. Take a break if you need to.
- It may get challenging at times but continue to live in this world. Go to work, take care of yourself and your family, exercise, socialize with friends and pay your bills. The world will hopefully change but until that time we need to keep at least one foot on the ground.
Your journey will be self-guided. It is up to you to determine the pace that you move forward. It is recommended that you move at a speed that takes you out of your comfort zone without being totally overwhelming.
Be very careful about jumping ahead in this guide. Careful thought has been put into the order that information is presented in. If you move too far ahead of your current level of awareness, the information may become difficult to digest. It would be like trying to shift from 1st gear into 4th gear. If that happens step back into previous sections until you feel comfortable (but not too comfortable) with the information.
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