Many Forms
Calls to Adventure come in many forms. In fact, we constantly run up against them, big and
small, all day long. Someone gives you a shopping list, your tire goes flat, your mother invites
you to dinner on Sunday, the baby starts crying, the trash still sits there not taken out, a meal
needs cooking, dirty dishes sit in the sink, and so on. These all represent Calls to Adventure
and we may choose to respond or refuse to respond. Most of the time we can handle this level
of Call.

Symptoms
But, sometimes, we notice something going on, or someone close to us mentions something
they've noticed, that goes beyond the usual, day-to-day stuff of life. A doctor or a therapist
might refer to these as "symptoms" of a potentially deeper issue. We can, if we allow ourselves
to feel optimistic, think of these symptoms as true Calls to Adventure toward a
Hero's Journey.
If something like this happens to you, I would be happy to talk it over with you and together we
can figure out whether it needs further attention. Just contact me at
760.354.9140.

An Incomplete List of Calls to Adventure
The list below contains real examples from real people who have had human experiences that
set them on a Hero's Journey toward a better place in life. Some of these examples, especially
the ones later down the list, may seem scary to you. You don't need to read those if you don't
want to. Just read until you have found something that sounds familiar, maybe not exactly your
situation, but something like it. Once you have found something, contact me as soon as
possible at
760.354.9140 to talk things over.

  • You have a strong feeling of sadness: someone close to you, a person or a pet, gets
    seriously ill, moves away, leaves you, or even dies; or you lose a job, get a demotion, or
    do not get a raise you expected; or you get bad grades in school; or you lose some level
    of functionality mentally or physically, or you lose your home or are afraid that might
    happen; or you find yourself crying for no good reason; and so on.

  • You feel very tense or anxious about the future: you have a big presentation to
    make; or you've been in a car accident lately and feel anxious about driving; or you've
    been invited to a party and feel unsure about going; or you feel the need to tell
    someone something and feel afraid of how they might react; or you're not sure you can
    handle even venturing outside your house; or you aren't even sure why you feel
    anxious, you just do; and so on.

  • You feel regrets about the past: you did something about which you feel shame or
    guilt; or you feel as though you failed at something or failed someone; or you wish you
    had made a different decision in the past; or you feel afraid you hurt someone; or you
    find yourself in legal trouble for something you did but did not mean to do; and so on.

  • You struggle with a close relationship: every interaction with the person ends in an
    argument; or you feel afraid the person might hurt themselves or do something bad; or
    you feel unclear about whether you love them any more, or whether they love you; or
    you used to love them a lot, but now you can't stand them; or they do things that you
    just do not understand; and so on. If this sounds like you, please consider that you
    might be on a Relationship Journey.

  • You feel lost and confused: you feel lost in life, unable to find direction any more; or
    your world seems meaningless all of a sudden; or you have lost faith, in God, in life, in
    yourself; or the words "dark night of the soul" resonate well with how you feel; and so on.

  • Something very strange and distressing happens: you have physical feelings or
    emotions that come out of nowhere, for no good reason; or you suddenly find yourself
    re-living some terrible event in your past, as if you had traveled back in time; or you
    have very realistic and terrifying nightmares; or you lose blocks of time, like a "blackout;"
    or you hear voices, either inside your head or outside your head, that others cannot
    hear; or you see things that others cannot see; or you look in the mirror and do not
    recognize yourself; and so on.

If any of these sound even remotely like you, contact me as soon as possible at
760.354.9140.
Therapist Journey
It is more important to know what sort
of person has a disease than to know
what sort of disease a person has.
~ Hippocrates
Sometimes God calms the storm.
At other times, He calms the sailor.
And sometimes He makes us swim.
~ Unknown
Our rational minds can never understand
what has happened, but our hearts,
if we can keep them open to God,
will find their own intuitive way.
~ Ram Dass
If you think you are enlightened,
go spend a week with your parents.
~ Ram Dass
Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
~ Carl Jung
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest
souls; the most massive characters are
seared with scars.
~ Kahlil Gibran
All human beings should try to learn
before they die what they are running from,
and to, and why.
~ James Thurber
There is perhaps nothing worse than
reaching the top of the ladder and
discovering that you're on the wrong wall.
~ Joseph Campbell
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