Theme for November 2014 ~ The Hero{ine’s Journey

Theme for November 2014 ~ The Hero{ine’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey

We’ll work with:

Compassionately Embracing & Transformation Process

Transforming the Pain of Unmet Needs to the Beauty of the Needs

(courtesy of the work of Robert Gonzales)

What is the Hero’s Journey?: Pat Soloman at TEDxRockCreekPark

Benjamin Bidlack “The Hero’s Journey In Modern Life” Mindshare LA 2010 TED TEDx

Diagram courtesy of Max Rivers of Two Rivers Mediation & Marriage Mediation

The Best of Connecting Point: James Hillman on Your Calling

Joseph Campbell – Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed

Kant Answering the Question: What is Enlightenment: “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.”

Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another. […] Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence!

More from Kant on What is Enlightenment – Columbia University

There will always be some people who think for themselves, even among the self-appointed guardians of the great mass who, after having thrown off the yoke of immaturity themselves, will spread about them the spirit of a reasonable estimate of their own value and of the need for every man to think for himself.

Joseph Campbell–On Becoming an Adult

The greatest problem for the human race, to the solution of which Nature drives man, is the achievement of a universal civic society which administers law among men.

History in Five: The Political Rise of Ronald Reagan

The Invisible Bridge

Frank Rich’s review of ‘The Invisible Bridge,’ by Rick Perlstein –  It says much about Perlstein’s gifts as a historian that he persuasively portrays this sulky, slender interlude between the fall of Nixon and the rise of Reagan (as his subtitle has it) not just as a true bottom of our history but also as a Rosetta stone for reading America and its politics today…But Reagan added another powerful element to his pitch. Realizing, as Perlstein puts it, that “governing is not a hero’s profession” but is instead “a profession of compromises,” Reagan distanced himself from the very job he sought. By making a mantra of his formulation that “government is the problem,” he placed Republican opponents who tried to govern on the defensive…For now, Rick Perlstein has taken this story only through the summer of our Bicentennial year. But much of what has happened in the nearly four decades since, and perhaps much that is yet to come, can be found in the pages of his epic work.

Book Discussion Invisible Bridge | Video |

“What I’m trying to accomplish is to figure out why we, as a nation, moved away from this moment of self-reckoning that I identify with the end of the Vietnam War and Watergate and the Church Committee, and moved toward this kind of culture that I associate with Ronald Reagan’s kind of empty celebration. What does it say about us that this person who was embraced by the American populace was someone who placed — at the center of his self-definition, his personality, his character — this notion that complexity is something you can push away with a kind of blithe affect of self-confidence? ” — Rick Perlstein, 2014

A Liturgy of Absolution | The Los Angeles Review of Books

Why Do So Many Politicians Have Daddy Issues? – Slate

Excerpt By :

The list is surprisingly long. Take Ronald Reagan, who was haunted by a moment when he discovered his alcoholic father on the front porch “drunk, dead to the world,” his hair filled with snow. The 11-year-old Reagan had to drag him indoors…

This isn’t just cherry-picking either. It’s a representative window into the emotional makeup of our political class. While there are few academic studies on the subject of political daddy issues, the ones that do exist suggest an outsized percentage of prominent politicians have absent or dysfunctional fathers. The most methodologically credible of these is actually a British study called The Fiery Chariot: A Study of British Prime Ministers and the Search for Love, which found that, in the words of a peer reviewer, “the rate of bereavement amongst prime ministers was exceptionally high,” somewhere around half of all British prime ministers. That was much higher than the estimated rate for the population as a whole, and the bereavement rates for Cabinet members also ran consistently higher than the general public. What could be going on here? Is this simply politics imitating Shakespeare, or is there some causal reason that so many people with father issues make it to the upper reaches of public office?

One possibility is that kids who are immersed in traumatic personal environments early in life become hypersensitive to the feelings of those around them and develop coping mechanisms that also make them better politicians. Quoting psychology literature, the best biography of Reagan notes that children of alcoholics become perceptive enough that they can “walk into a room, and without even consciously realizing it, figure out just what the level of tension is, who is fighting with whom, and whether it is safe or dangerous.”


Political Psychology

Political Psychology

Volume 29, Issue 5, pages 737–765, October 2008

Ronald Reagan’s Presidency: The Impact of an Alcoholic Parent

Robert E. Gilbert – Northeastern University

Ronald Reagan enjoyed a successful political career. Nevertheless, his political life was
affected dramatically by the fact that he was the son of an alcoholic parent. Alcoholic
parents leave deep marks on their children’s lives, even after those children become adults.
As president of the United States, Reagan clearly demonstrated these marks. He was aloof
and distant, was often a disengaged leader, showed inordinate loyalty to associates even

when such loyalty became problematic, was prone to live in a world of make-believe… (continues:  

Ronald Reagan’s Presidency)

Preview Article

Age regression, or reverting to the habitual (patterns often rooted in childhood) — a tendency to react rather than respond — may be rooted in our wiring (see also:  Reptilian Brain & Mindsight).

“Trauma & Attachment” Seminar with Bessel A. van der Kolk

Three Ways Trauma Can Change The Brain / NICABMBessel van der Kolk

Porges – The Polyvagal Theory

The Polyvagal Theory: Looking at Trauma from a New Perspective

[(NICABM) – YouTube]

Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul | TED Talk

David Brooks: A Moral Journey

What Suffering Does –

David Brooks:  “The right response to this sort of pain is not pleasure. It’s holiness. I don’t even mean that in a purely religious sense. It means seeing life as a moral drama, placing the hard experiences in a moral context and trying to redeem something bad by turning it into something sacred…The suffering involved in their tasks becomes a fearful gift and very different than that equal and other gift, happiness, conventionally defined.”

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