From Alberto Villoldo’s book ‘The Four Insights’
To be a hero means being the author of your own myth. The first insight is the way of the hero because when you follow its four practices, you turn your wounds into a source of power. You can accomplish this by shedding the stories of your past, just as snake shades her skin. In the process, you will cease being a victim of what happened to you and instead become empowered to write your own valiant tale of strength, healing and beauty.
Your personal stories are yarns you’ve spun, they are not you. Suffering occurs when you believe them to be true.
You’ll begin to recognize the events from your early life that shaped and molded you, as well as how your parents and culture affected who you’ve become. And then when you outlive that story, you can craft a new one that’s better suited to a hero’s journey.
Who you are is a mystery that you uncover more clues to every day.
We need to walk away from all that we thought we were supposed to do or be in order to be loved and accepted by others.
The four practices of the way of the hero are
The Practice of Nonjudgement
When we practice nonjudgement, we no longer have illness — we have opportunities for healing and growth. We no longer have past traumas — we have events that sharpened our edges and shaped who we are today. We don’t reject the facts — we reject the negative interpretation of them and the traumatic story we’re tempted to weave around them.
The Practice of Nonsuffering
Suffering happens when you wrap a story around the facts. Nonsuferring means not writing stories about our pain. Remember, every story is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The Practice of Nonattachment
To practice nonattachment, we let go of the roles we’ve bought into and the labels we’ve stuck to ourselves. Our goal is to stop identifying with any story whatsoever. When we shed all of our stories, with their limiting roles and confining identities, and become a mystery unto ourselves, we’re practicing nonattachment.
The Practice of Beauty
To practice beauty is to perceive loveliness even when there is ugliness. When you see beauty all around you, beauty will seek and find you, even in the most unexpected places.