I believe that we all come into this world with an inner spark that we carry across galaxies and lifetimes. It is this inner light that guides us when we are lost. One of the core purposes of our lives, I believe, is to activate and embody our spark of personal genius, pursuing its trail without distraction as we grow and evolve. And yes, I believe that we all have the ability to embody genius.
As children, we keenly sense our flame, our catalyzing purpose for living. It manifests in our imaginings, in the mirror of the natural world around us, and the early stories we construct to make sense of our childhood experiences. It is the quiet whisper in the music of the trees and the inner call of our curiosity to explore the world around us in our own unique way. It is the longing within our hearts that pulls us into new experiences, new places and new adventures; the impulse to grow and expand in connection with our world. Through our spark, we learn to open our ‘heart’s eyes’ and participate in our life through its wisdom. We directly access the magic of our deeper human story in action beyond concepts of right and wrong, into an interconnected mythic realm of synchronicity and flow. Things make sense from a larger perspective. We feel at home in the world and connected to its inhabitants. We trust that we are exactly where we need to be at that moment.
Without listening to our spark, we become listless and stagnant. Depression and lethargy are byproducts of shutting down its urges. We start to wonder what the point of all of this is anyway. When we forget to listen to its voice, we forget who we are. In a way, we start to die a little bit every day. We try and numb ourselves to the pain of our forgetting this fundamental part of our spirit.
I begin the Restory Cycle with this as our primary essence: the first segment in the seed of life. It is similar to ‘the call to adventure’ in Joseph Campbell’s classic hero’s journey and yet different in that I believe our spark travels with us throughout the whole cycle of life, constantly drawing us forwards towards living our biggest story in the world. It is this spark that holds the essence of our inherent gifts and our emergent lessons to come.
I invite you to enter into your own story through your early childhood memories. We can learn much by traveling backwards down the spiral of our life and noticing where our current beliefs and narratives began.
- What memories from your childhood remain with you now?
- Why are they still important?
- How have they informed who you have become as an adult?
For this week’s storyhack, I offer the first in a 6-part video series diving into the Beyond Human Stories, Restory Cycle.
Enter into The Spark.