Answering the Call to Adventure with Traditional Oriental Medicine

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Answering the Call to Adventure with Traditional Oriental Medicine

For many of us who practice and study Traditional Oriental Medicine, we answered what Joseph Campbell named, The Call to Adventure when we decided to embark upon this very specific alternative medicine path.

Going through school, many of our marriages were strained, careers were changed and our lives were steered into completely unexpected directions.

It was exciting and tumultuous, challenging and stressful, unforgiving and rewarding. The Call to Adventure was obvious and the ramifications far-reaching. 

But what do the echoes of this Call sound like now, possibly with 2, 5, 10, 20 or more years separating us from that first appeal?

And where did all of the adventure go?

Joseph Campbell offers this quote, which can hold the answers:

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” (Link to video)  

Even after we’ve answered the Call to Adventure and met all of the challenges presented, we reach a point in our practice, and in our lives, where we have another choice to make:

Do we rest on our successes and slip into comfort, possibly even a stagnant complacency, or do we find, acknowledge and answer the Call once again?  

If we choose to respond one more time, we can find the adventure waiting for us at the cave of fear, which is still holding the treasure we’ve been seeking.

Staring into that cave is exactly where I am now…

And I’m feeling the fear. 

Oh sure, I’m writing this and quoting Joseph Campbell, and suggesting that you enter your cave… but while there are new, exciting offers and possibilities that most surely could hold the treasure I’ve been seeking, there are also plenty of justifiable and real possibilities of failure.

Things could go wrong. 

What if….

…no one comes to what I offer?

…I spend all my money?

…it’s an abject failure?

And then I realize…these consequences are the exact same ones that threatened me the first time I heard the Call entering school!

Funny, isn’t it?  These cycles…

So, writing this is a form of accountability, as I’m once again committed to entering that cave and seeking my treasure.

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For you…

  1. What’s the cave you fear to enter?

  2. What could the treasure possibly be?

  3. What are those next steps in your business, your career, your marriage, etc. that are waiting for you but you just haven’t taken yet?

To help you look at the options, here’s a different way of asking the same questions:

  1. What could you possibly lose?

  2. What could you possibly gain?

  3. What could change?

In Closing:

And like we tell our clients, “Is it better to stay put, in fear of that cave and never seek the treasure, or take the risk, answer the call and go for it?

Only you can make this decision. Only you can answer your Call to Adventure.

Let me know what you think, as I’d love to hear:

What might be your Cave?

What may be your Call?

What is/was your treasure? 

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