Archetypes, Personal Mythology and Spiritual Growth are for everyone. They are indispensable elements of your Personal Priesthood. Archetypes are symbols of your unique identity. Let's use an ordinary orange seed as an example. Personal mythology is how your unique identity is expressed and manifests in the world. If we continue with the orange seed as an example, we would tell countless stories about its journey, into the soil, growing roots, a trunk, branches, leaves, blossoms, oranges and so on. Spiritual growth is the residual effect, the improvement of your internal qualities. It is the result of the experiences related in your personal mythology. Here, we would consider the shade and shelter the tree has provided, the fragrance of its blossoms, the sweetness of the oranges, the healing properties of its bark, leaves and roots. What is most important right now is that you take greater control over studying and managing your own spiritual growth. This is the primary objective of your Personal Priesthood.
And while there will never be a single pathway to spiritual growth, some approaches are much better than others. In my experience, where you begin is the most important. Stephen Covey says "Begin with the end in mind." I agree entirely. What is your vision of life? What contribution do you want to make? How do you want to live the medicine that will heal your life and the lives of those you were born to serve? Once you have a spiritual vision in place, the challenge is to live the vision and share it openly with others. Don't give in to the temptation to hide your unique vision. Boldly embody your archetype. Tell your stories with a authenticity, strong conclusion and attractive visuals. It is not a question of just being theatrical or performing stunts to get attention. Instead, what I am urging you to do is take more calculated and deliberate risks on the divine purpose that brought you into being. Test it!!! It is through testing your purpose and vision that you will discover what your Personal Priesthood is made of.
Most of us would like be perceived as socially concerned and spiritually grounded in thought and action. And based upon my experience as a teacher, a corporate trainer and a professional priest, a good percentage of you have really walked the walk: You have made a difference by protecting the environment, helping the disadvantaged or changing your eating habits. You have tended to your families and been a loyal friend. You have spread love, inspiration and comfort when it was needed most. Consequently, you deserve to be recognized for your values and efforts. Unfortunately, very few of you are actually known for what you do best. Ask yourself, "Why do I get so little credit - and support - for what I love to do most?" And while there are many reasons for this, primary among them is the fact that most people talk a lot about their values and contributions, (i.e., the elements of Personal Priesthood) but very few have actually established credibility. You establish credibility by living the medicine CONSISTENTLY:
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Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.