Hacking Your Story - Thinking For Yourself part 2

The best hack is the one that people don't believe is possible. It's real magic when you can go from knowing you can't do something to knowing you can.

And then going beyond that to what you couldn't have dreamed or fantasised as possible for who you thought you were.

Myth is one of those secrets that is out there that is hidden in plain sight.

If you ask most people the definition of the word: "Myth" they'll most likely say it's something that doesn't exist.

Yet it's the power behind story, and how story affects you is one of the most powerful things to be aware of.

How most people talk about myth (at least those that talk about myth) is to use Joseph Cambell's Hero's Journey.

A structure that is hidden in plain sight.

Just go to the movies, it's not just George Lucas who got Joseph Campbell's input for Star Wars, Christopher Vogler has run his version of Campbell's work adapted for screenwriters for probably 30 years now.

The Hero's Journey is the story that we all live.

Joseph Campbell described Myth as the bridge between the ordinary world and that which couldn't be put into words which usually has the word "sacred" as the label.

I use it to talk about that which you can't talk about. The that that can't be put into words. But can be referenced when you are working within a mythological framework.

This is why clients often describe the work we do as sacred.

It's miraculous to me that at a time when the world is more and more uncertain and many people seem justifiably pessimistic that there is an opening and sharing of what was once esoteric and hidden. And in particular there are now western teachers or eastern teachers who have grown up in the west that speak to the western cultural viewpoint and there is less the need to try to make sense of an eastern culture where many western people just see the surface form.

Chogyam Trungpa was one of the first examples of an enlightened individual going I'm in the west so don't need the cultural baggage I brought with me and as I want to teach and share my experience how do I use the cultural baggage of my students to help them.

He understood the value of authentic sales and marketing is being authentic.

This was also Joseph Campbell's message - not to get lost in the literal interpretation because that's not true. It's just the people who want to control you, control you by limiting your thinking. You already do this to yourself so it's easy to reinforce your fears, it's easy to keep things simple, easy to not do the work of thinking.

It's easy to get lost in a surface world where life has no depth. And the story you are living really isn't that good.

But the point is that depth is already here when you look.

You make the meaning because it's you writing the story.

If you want to live a life of meaning and purpose, find fulfilment etc. You need to go looking and not just tell the story of what is happening to you. Most reality TV is mindless, but somehow compelling if you've also got nothing to do.

It's about doing the work.

It's about making your life art.

Seth Godin gets this deeply.

Art is the expression of your feelings to other people that you encode in your medium of expression.

And this doesn't have to be painting or sculpture it can be how you live your life.

There is more to you - a mythological dimension - just like the Flatland story. It's moving out of living in a black and white monochrome world to beautiful colour.

But it's not about someone telling you your life purpose in 3 easy steps or that your astrological chart shows that you were born to be or do this. It's your story, you are writing it, living it, and sharing the highlights.

Mythology is the power of how you make the highs high, epic, legendary.

It's the hack of Neo getting unplugged in the Matrix and realising it was all a dream, an artificial creation designed to keep you asleep.

You don't want to be living your dream, what would life be like if you were epic, legendary? That's probably beyond what you can dream, but worth doing the work for.

Next time: The Ultimate Problem Solving Hack - Thinking For Yourself part 3.