Resurrection / Rebirth!

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The final stage of the Hero Cycle that we are exploring with this year’s themes is that of Resurrection / Rebirth. ‘The End’ is always a New Beginning!  Whether or not you believe in reincarnation (I do), we live out our lives in epic proportions, undergoing many cycles within greater Cycles as we spiral through our life experiences to reach the heights of our aspirations and fulfillment.

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With my research into life path mapping that I have conducted over the last fifteen years, I have discovered there are three primary types of Life Course Schemas or cultural models of a lifetime that are overlapping in our cultural outlook today. I call these Linear, Cyclic, and Seamless Life Course Models. I want to describe the Linear and Cyclic Life Course Models for you here.

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Linear Models are predicated on a long held view of the life course emphasized in developmental psychology and proposed primarily by Erik Erikson in 1950 (Childhood and Society). This model postulates eight developmental stages everyone passes though as they mature. (You can read about this also in Gail Sheehy’s book Passages and in her later, updated New Passages book). Many of us have been conditioned according to this Linear-stages or step-by-step model of a lifetime, but in today’s “post-modern” reality, this Linear model really does not hold up so well for most people. Instead of ‘one education, one job or career, one relationship,’nowadays most of us find ourselves needing to be flexible and to adapt to major interruptions of our plans as we go along.

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The Cyclic Life Course Model accounts for our need to adjust to life’s changes. I have found in my interview research that people who have experienced major, early life disruptions as a child such as from their parents’ divorce tend to have developed a Cyclic Life Course model on their own. Some will say life occurs in cycles like decades, seven year cycles, twelve year cycles or some other periodic cycle. These folks also say they do not experience or worry about “mid-life crises,” because as one cycle ends and another begins, they always have the opportunity to refresh and renew!

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So how about you? Do you hold to more of a LINEAR model of life, with set stages of development you aim to achieve? Or do you hold a CYCLIC view of life instead, remaining flexible and open to start anew when a cycle ends for another to begin? (BTW, You might hold instead to a SEAMLESS model, believing that life just happens and you can adjust to whatever comes your way.)

I invite you to contemplate and journal about a CYCLIC approach to your life. Make a timeline of major life events to see if you discover any sort of cyclical pattern there. If so, where are you at in your current cycle? Are you ending a minor or major cycle? Starting a new one? Or are you right in the middle of one cycle, giving your all as you develop your talents and relationships?

I welcome YOUR Comments and Story!

Renew Your Contract with Life

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This will be the final blog post for this current annual cycle here at Better Endings for Your Life Path, because I officially started this blog on November 15, 2013 and I will be changing the format and topics every year. I will introduce the new round of topics with the next blog post, this next Sunday.

To close out this year of monthly pairings of universal Archetype figures–“the Twelve”—with Life Metaphors that I will be also presenting as chapter titles in my upcoming book, Your Life Path (Life Mapping Tools to help you follow your heart and Live Your Dream, Now!), I invite you to RENEW YOUR CONTRACT with your own Life Path. Life Is… A Golden Opportunity is this month’s metaphor, so renewing your contract with your Life Path is a means of claiming or reclaiming your Life Dream.

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What are you dedicated to in your life? What is your MISSION STATEMENT, which your contract will reaffirm?

CONTRACT (Sample)

Name                   lkw

Birthdate            6/26/1954

Current Age        61

Mission Statement:  My primary mission in this lifetime from this time forward is twofold. The first is my (private) spiritual mission based on my goals to unfold my own awareness and to be of service to all Life. The second is my vocational creative Mission as a writer, to publish and provide inspirational and educational services related to Life Mapping.  In overview, my Mission is to be and to become all that I can be, and in all dimensions of life and in all my relations to be open to give and to receive unconditional love.

Contractual commitment:

               Time frame         semi-retirement in June 2018, to begin FT writing related activity

               Anticipated transition points               Summer teaching  at Chautauqua 2016; sabbatical Spring 2017

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What is YOUR Mission Statement and Contractual commitment to your Self and to All Life?

I invite you to write your own Renewed Contract!