Throughout history, Heroes were created when a society went through immense changes. The people were in need of a symbol to inspire and guide them through whatever adversity they are facing, from Achilles to Hercules to Robin Hood to Captain America to Neo from The Matrix or Harry Potter.
When a society was thrust into upheaval the easiest way to calm their souls, and their minds were to provide a Hero.
These Heroes fought the Gods in the name of humanity striving to right the wrongs and bring peace and tranquility back to life.
The Power of Heroes
The Heroes we connect with the most, whether they be from ancient history, comic books, or movies, all have one thing in common: most of them started out as ordinary people.
- Steve Rodgers was a scrawny kid from Brooklyn.
- Neo was a computer programmer.
- Both Luke and Anakin Skywalker were poor farmers from a remote desert planet.
Heroes connect us with the humane powers inside ourselves–guiding us to through the trials of perseverance and leaving us with the understanding that anything is possible. As long as you decide to commit to one-hundred percent self-responsibility in this moment in time
We’re all looking for a power, a power to overcome our greatest obstacles, that will provide us the strength to live a better life.
This is exactly why we look to Heroes for support and comfort! They have already discovered their power and shine as beacons of hope for the rest of humanity.
The same power they discovered, however, is already inside of you.
It only lies dormant in the colossal caverns of our minds.
In his book, You Are the Placebo, Dr. Joe Dispenza writes about how we as humans automate almost 95% of our daily thoughts and actions.
This automatic behavior leads us to produce the same rationalizations, decisions, choices, behaviors, and emotional experiences which all leads right back in a vicious cycle to our thoughts thus making our negative thoughts harder to break.
To quote Dr. Dispenza:
“Your personality is made up of how you think, act, and feel. It is your state of being. Therefore, your same thoughts, actions, and feelings will keep you enslaved to the same past personal reality. However, when you as a personality embrace new thoughts, actions, and feelings, you will inevitably create a new personal reality in your future. In order to change your life, you have to literally become someone else”
The Heroes we idolize or aspire to become had to go through the transformative process described by Dr. Dispenza. They had to leave their old lives, embark on a dangerous quest, and become what they already had deep inside of them, a Hero.
Joseph Campbell was the first person to write down the common elements that all the Heroes of ancient times shared across various cultures around the globe.
No matter the distance between cultures – the Heroes of each and every culture shared a similar story arc and it is this mythos that some of our modern famous Heroes such as Luke Skywalker, Neo, Captain America and Harry Potter are still based upon.
The Heroes listed above also struggled with demons from their pasts that they had to overcome before they could become the person they were destined to be. These Heroes were no different from you and me.
They too had past experiences that influenced what they thought was their purpose in life.
Our past experiences, whether positive or negative, directly influence how we see and think about the world and thus influence what we believe our life is about.
Heed the Call
Luke did not believe he would ever get the chance to fight the Empire due to his uncle’s constant pleas to push back his joining the academy.
Captain America asked Dr. Erskine why he chose him when he could have chosen any well-trained and physically ready soldier who had not been easily bullied growing up.
After waking up from his pod, Neo continued to refuse his role telling Morpheus that he doesn’t believe what Morpheus was telling him.
These Heroes had past experiences that told them otherwise when faced with a chance to grow and become someone greater. It was their interpretation of their past experiences that truly mattered, which is why your internal beliefs greatly influence the decisions that you make every day.
Sadly, this is what leaves most people swimming in circles and repeatedly making the same mistakes.
Ultimately, you have the key though.
No guru, no shaman/wizard, and no pill will unlock the Hero you have inside, only you can take the key and release your Hero within.
You can break this habit and this circle of calamity. Like the Heroes mentioned above, I’ll help you to understand that you have a Hero inside of you who wants you to live to fulfill your potential and achieve your highest level.