Slaying the Dragon:
It occurs to me on this heroine’s quest that it’s time for many of us, myself included, to “slay the Dragon”. Depending on which version of the hero’s myth you read, what I call Slaying the Dragon, can be likened to The Ordeal or Atonement with the Father. In this step the person must confront and be initiated by whatever holds the ultimate power in his or her life. In many myths and stories this is the father, or a father figure who has life and death power. The Dragon is a great challenge the heroine must face before receiving the Boon or Reward and must occur before reaching Apotheosis; the exaltation of one to a divine level. This exalted state is living our Vision and it only comes after we have been on the quest for some time. I know it’s time to slay the dragon but this is not the first time I have met this beast. I know I am approaching the lair of the beast because her minions; fear, procrastination, and self-doubt have rushed out to greet me.
Others may experience the dragon as a block or feeling of being stuck and no matter how you try to break through them, you continue to feel defeated. While I don’t like these sort of feelings I know what they mean and know that unless I go to battle I surely will be defeated. I don’t know about you but I intend to be the victor.
Preparing for Battle
As the time for action has occurred the first thing I must do is prepare, fortify myself and arm myself with tools and weapons. The other thing I must do is spend some time in solitude to receive the wisdom that resides in me and that I will only hear when I get quiet. Over the next few weeks this chronicle will be devoted to the steps we must take when preparing for and slaying the dragon.
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