This week’s lesson was on the Hero’s Journey. My formal education was in science and engineering. We never learned about Joseph Campbell, or if we did I wasn’t paying attention. I’m sure I was too busy playing drums and finding the groove. I’m sure glad I learned about The Hero’s Journey now in the MKMMA course. I can now use this to improve my philosophy and easily move forward while at the same time giving meaning to my life.
The question I sat with this week was: What am I pretending not to know?
I don’t know about you but, I got caught up in getting more information over the past several years. Is that what the information age was all about? <smile> Well, I have had enough of it. The information is now counter productive. I can’t consume it and I don’t have time to apply it. I don’t need another self-help book or a training on technique. I can’t stand to watch another video, take another online class, or join another Facebook group! Getting more information is not going to help. The only thing I need to do is move, connect emotionally, and create rhythm. The rhythm section is back – it has groove and tone and is full of emotion!
The late great Hubert Sumlin provides an example:
I also dug into Emerson’s essay on Compensation this week. I was caught my the mathematical equation that must balance. (Go figure, I’m still an engineer.) You get back exactly what you give. God’s dice are always loaded. If I gain any good, I must pay for it; if I lose any good, I will gain some other; all actions are indifferent.
The deeper find was that the soul is not a compensation but, a life. There is no penalty to virtue; no penalty to wisdom; they are the proper additions of being. The soul refuses limits, and always affirms an Optimism, never a Pessimism. It is worse not to be than to be. There it is: Not worry about acquisition (having and gaining) but instead on being.
The question required an answer in class this week was: How can each of us become “The Greatest Salesman In the World?”
My answer was: Learn who we are and align ourselves with Natures Laws for guidance and then give ourselves away in honest and intimate connection with other people.
Let’s go on a journey. No guarantees, no idea where we end up, no idea what the result will be, we focus solely on the causes we create with our minds. And, we move, take action, connect with people and help them find their own way. It will all be about the rhythm of the conversation and the emotions of the interaction. It’s no different than playing music with another human being.
You can be a bedroom musician and play along with your laptop all you want but, you won’t really feel the music until you play with another human being. It’s doesn’t even matter how good or bad you are. You have to get into the interaction and the emotion. Otherwise you’re just playing notes. It’s a lot like learning a lot of information, scripts, and techniques for your business.
As Emerson says: Do the thing, and you shall have the power; but they who do not the thing have not the power.
Muddy Waters: I’m Ready
Are you ready? Let’s groove.