No one claims that smoking is good for us anymore. So why do so many still smoke? Why don't they just quit?
It is the same with our larger lives. We have become addicted to work and to being busy. To buying things. To being dependent on others and blaming others for all that goes wrong.
We know this is bad for us. So why don't we just quit?
It's damn hard. This kind of change means really changing who we are.
How do we make these hard changes? Myth helps us. Myth provides stories that offer guidance to complex sitauations such as how to make deep changes to how we live and so to who we really are.
Here is a good myth that deal with this.
Think of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. When she lands in Oz, the task of getting back home seems to be almost impossible. So she has lots of adventures and trials to reach her goal.
But right at the end of the story, she finds out that, she always had the power to go home.
But she would never have believed this about herself at the beginning of the story.
Until she found the support of her tiny band. Until she made their cause hers, she was too selfish. Until she found that she had the power to defeat the evil witch, she did not realize that she had the power. Until she had had to give up all hope in the wizard, she could not have the confidence. Until she had the support of the good witch Glenda, she was not ready!
This is the process for the myth of deep change.
After all this, it was simple. All she had to do was to click her heels and say "I want to go home".
Well how does this work in the real world?
Here is a modern Dorothy.
Not many things are as hard to do as this.
She will tell us how she found herself in "Oz. How she had all the struggles that Dorothy had. And how, in the end, she found making this change to be simple.
Soon - I will post Cynthia's thoughts on what "Home" means to her. Here she talks about the universal home that we all seek.