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Finding Joe – life’s adventure

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Finding Joe is very powerful

Finding Joe - a great movie about how to live life

This is a movie that I’ve watched three times now, over the past couple of years. Each time I watch it, I get more out of it and I wonder “how come I didn’t see that last time I watched it?”. I’m fully aware that a lot of people will watch this and think it’s a load of mumbo-jumbo, but there’s so much truth in it. So much to be learnt. I suggest you watch and see how it resonates for you, but then watch it again a bit later in you life.

The film describes “the hero’s journey”, a pattern hidden in every story ever told, a pattern discovered in the early 20th century by a mythologist named Joseph Campbell. These are my highlights of the film:

  • The metaphor of the golden Buddha. Each of us is born made of gold but a casing of stone develops over us and, by 6 or 7 years of age, we believe that we are, in fact, made of stone. One day something chips off a bit of that stone and we get a glimpse of the gold below it. We never turn back.
  • The hero’s journey involves separation, initiation and return.
  • It requires us to be challenged, to overcome those challenges and to return stronger.
  • It requires us to experience a kind of death in order to experience life. If we keep dying, we keep transforming.
  • In life we have many adventures from which we return with something new. What have we returned with?
  • The metaphor of the quest for the Holy Grail. If the path before you has been trodden, it is not your path, it is someone else’s path. If you follow someone else’s way, you will not realise your full potential.
  • The metaphor of the flock of sheep. We are tigers living amongst sheep.
  • “You could spend decades climbing to the top of the ladder, only to find it’s against the wrong wall.”
  • “The universe is calling us, ringing us. We need to listen. If we don’t we’ll get a rude awakening somehow.”
  • Follow your bliss. When you follow your bliss, the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
  • How do you find your bliss? Your bliss is not an addiction to pleasure. It’s what makes hours go by in minutes. It’s what you love most to do. Do more of that. It’s what made you stand out when you were young. Be more of that.
  • If you had all the money in the world and all the time in the world, what would you do? How would that help the greater collective being?
  • Accept the possibilities of the present.
  • “Love is what we’re born with, fear is what we learn,” – Sir Ken Robinson.
  • Do the things that scare you.
  • The greatest obstacle for most of us is ourselves. If we can overcome the fear of what we might become, we can all be heroes.
  • The metaphor of the dragon. Love your dragon. It is the most efficient thing to do. It feels better.
  • Accepting yourself as you are lines you up with the universe and then there can be no resistance.
  • “The privilege of a lifetime is being yourself,” – Joseph Campbell.

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