You may know about the Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell - a linear, masculine path of experience, taking an archetypal hero from innocence to mastery. There are also some female versions around which use a similar structure but redefine each step to fit a more womanly experience.
Over the past few months, I have been developing my own mythic pathway of experience. It is primarily a woman's path, but only because I have come to it from a woman's perspective. There are twelve waymarkers, as is usual, but they don't proceed from a beginning to an end. Instead, they weave through each other, more an amble than a path - a layered experience which begins amongst the debris of its own ending. Each waymarker is built on from the previous one and shapes the next, and yet is not a set place within the heart - it moves, it sways backwards with homesickness, forwards with indescribable yearning. The natural seasons inform this passage. Old myths whisper a songline of the way.
It is a path for the soul ... but it is also a path for storytelling. I am weary of the advice writers are given about three act plot structures, about rising tension and critical conflict points. I want to suggest a different approach.
I had intended to write a book about it. But as you know, I don't have good health, and there simply hasn't been enough of the right kind of energy to create such a book at this time. (Another is being written, though. Something stranger, darker, moonlit.) So I thought I might share it here instead.
I haven't decided if I'll spend two weeks describing this path to you, or offer it up more slowly - here and there, now and then. Nor do I know when I will start. But it came to me last night that I wanted to speak its name aloud, give it shape in the world.
Since it is Friday, here are some of my favourite finds of the week ...
* Pigs have an intelligence greater to that of a three year old. So should we eat them? This article has an interesting perspective. My opinion is that not everyone can be a vegetarian, but everyone can care about the suffering of all animals.
* For my Christian friends or anyone who thinks about love and dirt.
* This song. Yes, even after that previous link. Love is magnificent, whether it's told with a raw voice, a beautiful voice, or in rage. We should listen to all voices when they speak of love. Listening to love - listening for love - will create real conversations, and that can only lead to togetherness. This song too, for yet more of it.
* This quote.
* The enclosure of childhood.
* Want to save the whales? Then first save the sardines.
[Sharing with Friday Finds.]