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Steven Barnes; Fear, The Hero's Journey Course, Dying, Enlightenment

Broadcast 3/14/2010 at 5:36 PM EDT (21 Listens, 49 Downloads, 1455 Itunes)
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Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and screenwriter who is the creator of the Lifewriting " writing course, which he has taught nationwide. He recently won an NAACP Image Award  as co-author of the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with actor Blair Underwood and his wife, Tananarive Due. (For an overview of his 20-plus novels, visit Amazon.com.)Â

But Steve's true love is teaching balance and enhancing human performance in all forms: emotional, professional and physical. In addition to being an author and writing instructor, he is also a life coach, CST coach and certified hypnotist. He has more than 30 years' experience in the self-development arts, including hypnosis certification with Transformative Arts Institute in Marin, CA, training as a yoga and Tai Chi instructor, and fourth-degree black belt.  He has counseled executives, royalty, prominent politicians and Hollywood celebrities at the Moonview Sanctuary in Santa Monica.Â

Steve has gained a unique understanding of the relationship between myth, energy and consciousness, and has shared it with thousands of students and clients since 1980. His newest course is THE HERO'S JOURNEY: LIFE MASTERY FOR MODERN MEN, now available exclusively through this web site.

If you enjoy this free Podcast, consider purchasing the following plenary or workshop recordings.
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-Life Writing $25

Notes from the interview
"you have to be willing for your first draft to be crap."

"Perfectionism is procrastination masquerading as quality control."

There IS shame in living your life without ever going after your dreams.

The Hero's Journey Course
grew out of the 101 program.

Work at the thing you love or love the thing you do.

Joseph Campbell studied myths around the world-- wrote Hero with 1000 faces:
Hero's Journey
Ten Steps:
young person confronted with challenge
reject challenge
accept challenge
set out along road of trials-- meet allies, gain powers
Initial confrontation with evil-- defeated
fall into defeat-- dark night of the soul
leap of faith== way through dark night of soul is always faith confront task
confront evil successfully
return with elixir and become the teacher

This is the elders of the village telling the young people how their life will be.

disciplines are designed to remove obstructions so you are functioning at your peak potential.

Fear-- causes of fear
an emotion that is a message to act-- to move away from, to do something different.
almost any time someone is angry, there is fear.

Fear is there to protect us but it turns us to conservative patterns of behavior.

spider technique for dealing with fear, with arachnophobia
aerobic activity in which you go into second wind. walking, running, dancing-- anything you can do for 14-17 minutes.
second wind neuro-immuno-endocrine response. call it second gear.
It's dealing with the machine language-- the bare wiring of the human body-- comes out of soviet research.
Learned of this from Scott Sonnon

Toughness- have to be ready to die.

There really are hidden secrets that make people's lives better.

Most people don't mature fully until they have a child and watch both their parents die.

You have to die again and again. The old you does not make it to the new, changed person you become. Moses does not make it to the promised land.

We're here in the world to give ourselves away.

"Failure is an absolutely essential part of life. No child who has never fallen down has learned to walk."

Failure is a part of the cycle. Our ego does not want us to change.

You have to realize before you put out on a new path that you are going to fail. You should put into place the resources you will need to get you through the dark night of the soul

Faith in yourself
Faith in your companions-- your teachers, allies, employees, husband, wife kids, Champions need coaches.
Faith in a higher power. an ordering power to the universe, something higher than, bigger than yourself. Whether there is such a power is irrelevant--

Find the energy, power, aliveness to overcome the ego that creates fear of change.

As soon as there were technologies like telegraph, telephone, radio, internet-- ways to get to many people at the same time-- that is very different from a top down structure where you have leaders communicating through intermediary levels...

We are experiencing the last gasp of the patriarchal power structure. Their ego thinks that they are the world.

bottom up, more feminine, more yin energy--

Who is the hero on the hero's journey? Map over Chakras, which map over Maslow's hierarchy of human needs.

Sufi expression-- To die before you die
statement of awareness opens at the moment of death. So the task is to open that door before you are on your deathbed.
ability to move beyond consciousness thought...
First step toward enlightment and awareness is the flow state...
Enlightenment is beyond the need to create effects in this world.

caterpillars do not become butterflies. Caterpillars die so that butterflies can be born.
The ego you had does not go with you when you become enlightened.

we are greater, more powerful, more loving, more creative than we thought we were.

You have the right to happiness, health, love, the right to live your days with integrity.

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