Wednesday, December 19, 2012

31 Degrees of Fire: A Fast Ship

 31 days out of 42

 Bliss = a fast ship, when 42 days becomes 38!!!

 APL Philippines Update

Last Position Received

Area: Japan
Latitude / Longitude: 34.8632° / 140.2178° (Map)
Speed/Course 7.8 knots / 0˚
Last Known Port: YOKOHAMA
Info Received: 5d 9h 58min ago (AIS Source: 116)
Not Currently in Range
Itineraries History

Voyage Related Info (Last Received)

Draught: 11.6 m
Destination: SAN PEDRO
ETA: 2012-12-26 06:30
Info Received: 2012-12-16 02:46 (4d, 4h 16min ago)

The Hero's Return- Crossing the Return Threshold Plus

  1. The Crossing of the Return Threshold
    The trick in returning is to retain the wisdom gained on the quest, to integrate that wisdom into a human life, and then maybe figure out how to share the wisdom with the rest of the world. This is usually extremely difficult.
  2. Master of the Two Worlds
    In myth, this step is usually represented by a transcendental hero like Jesus or Buddha. For a human hero, it may mean achieving a balance between the material and spiritual. The person has become comfortable and competent in both the inner and outer worlds.
  3. Freedom to Live
    Mastery leads to freedom from the fear of death, which in turn is the freedom to live. This is sometimes referred to as living in the moment, neither anticipating the future nor regretting the past.   
 Joseph Campbell, A Hero with A Thousand Faces

The human hero struggles with these last stages of the journey.  We often can go out and get the job done, but when we return how do we live?  Do we even have the ceremony or pathway for the excellent deed doer.  The modern warrior does not return from Iraq or the Middle East with more wisdom, only the feeling to go back to battle. 

The Jypsy does know himself enough to say "hey when I am in ship mode, it can be hard transitioning, back into the world of people".  The honesty is a good place to start after you return from a harsh journey.  The Jypsy is often so focused on action that relaxing, calming oneself down so that he can enjoy all the rewards of such hard work, is not always easy.  Such extreme behaviors is hard to carry.  That is being on a ship, highly masculine environment, with no communication with family, friends and lovers.  Then on top of this you are in action mode for 35 plus days. 

The Boon, the wisdom, being atoned completely with yourself are the elements of the hero's return.  Essentially the purpose of all journeys is evolution of the individual as a dynamic being.  We are all on a path of discovery.  If you look closely you will notice the magic, the wise ones and the monsters all are present in your own journey.  We have a map that can help us attain some inner peace, but our scientific lifestyle is not the only element to our existence.  There are symbols and strange synchronicities that permeate our lives.  We are myth- makers which means we are designed to make up fictional pathways that mirror the human existence.  They are metaphors for the energies that exist in life.  These energies are the forces of nature, our own collective unconscious and potentials. 

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