Leaving the comfort zone.
This is Sea Gabriel with mythic deviant and part two of the shape-shifter, the shapeshifter for growth and development. Last time we looked at how the shapeshifter archetype could be used for personal gain. This is about fulfilling our most base needs, but this time we're under using the shapeshifter for ourselves and others. Usually we hope that that change will be positive, but really no one ever knows more on that later with the end justifies the means. For now the shapeshifter while taking a bit of a beating by our current indoctrinate hours is really about life change and growth at its core. Shifting is eluding death, death of the heart, death of the mind, death of the soul or death of the body that said let's launch into a story because it's interesting, at least to me, just to invert things, I'm starting with the second person. Shapeshifter this is a Celtic story about a character called Matt. Yes, that is a funny name. Math is the God of increasing wealth. So maybe it's an appropriate name or well growth and development. Math dab McClellan way was vital for humanity. He assured our survival and physical fulfillment. He also protects us, but like so many things, there is a catch math must when not an active duty, continually rest his feet on the lap of a Virgin in order to exist in our world. Not a bad life though. In my estimation virginity, it was over rated when physical, I would say that as a person who embodies the Virgin archetype, you know, ask the people who weep when someone walks on new snow. Anyway, back to the story. Math has a palace in Gwynnie. It is a lovely palace and it houses his extended family. Most of whom are gods. I use that as a gender free word. Mass Virgin Ottoman go in is a lovely girl. And when his nephews and Gwydion come to live with him, Gilbreath, we agree is he falls madly in love with the young lady. He must have her. So they devise a plan to get math out of the house. The young men convince math that they must go to another kingdom in order to procure a new tasty, sweet animal. The pig, the pig happens to be sacred to the Vikings. So. They disguise themselves as bards and play beautiful music for king knowing he cannot refuse their Sal request when they you're finished, but he does even. Yeah, it was considered incredibly rude. He explains to them that he has sworn an oath, not to gift or sell the pigs Gwydion, being our magician of the brothers and a trickster explains that they want neither the gift nor to participate. And with that he conjures nine again, a sacred number for the Vikings, black stallions and insists that he would like to trade for them because trading is not part of the earth king per dairy. After checking with his elders agrees and Gilbert pathway and Gwydion head home. But as soon as they're gone, the stallions disappear as well. And primary knows that he has been had, he launches an attack against them, much fighting ensues, but the young men eventually make it back home to uncle math and tell him they have been unjustly followed and attacked math and his sacred duty as protector leaves his home and with his troops combat primary. Gilbert pathway and Gwydion thrilled that math is distracted. Head home, their giveaway, three approaches go in. And tries unsuccessfully to will her. She is dedicated to her position with math. Eventually as Gwydion stands guard Gilbreth way rapes her the war wages on until primary and apt leader insists that his men must return home safely. He suggests a one-on-one combat with the opposition under mass leadership Gwydion. Having returned to the battlefield with his now very shamed brother agrees to fight. He agrees because he's the nutrition. He casts illusions with primary attempts to fight, and eventually Gwydion wins unfairly. When they get home. There's a great victory celebration and math rewards them telling them how incredibly proud he is until that is. He goes to put his feet on Gwen and discovers that she is no longer the Virgin. He requires. He asks her about this and feeling ashamed. She tells him. Math is somewhat limited. At this point, he calls his nephews in his quarters and confronts them. Gilbert pathway admits his transgression. And with that math transforms quity and into a stag and Gilbert pathway into a high end and sends them into the forest. A year later, they return with their son who math turns back into a human. He then changes the two young men into a bore and the sow. Again, they leave for a year and reproduce. When they returned with their son, math turns him into a human and the two of them into wolves this time switching up the genders so that they can eat, learn what it's like to be male and female to be predator and prey. A year later, they returned with their son and mass turns them all back into humans. As you show there's more to the story, but the point here is Matthew shape-shifting to turn his nephews into animals, to teach them two important lessons. The difference between being human and being another type of animal. Teaching them the experience of an animalistic form of each gender. He's teaching them compassion and respect for genders. This was a second person use of shape-shifting for growth and development, but we can also use it in the first person, although that does bring up a complication in the event of the shapeshifter shape-shifters are generally gods and magicians. So there's something magical about the shapeshifter to begin with. So it really calls the question. Do gods learn, there's a good argument for no learned. Then they would all be completely enlightened in a very few human lifetimes and there would be no more stories. Narratives depend on conflict, which in turn depends on people behaving in ways that are. If all the gods knew everything and did their own personal work to understand who they were and the larger picture of their lives, they would be capable of producing a world without conflict. And we would have no more stories. On the other hand, they could choose to reach this place within themselves, but then continue to behave in ways that play out conflict. Not because they necessarily internally feel conflict, but because it's fun and a teaches us and maybe they want to teach. So for this story, I'm going with that theory. We're returning to the Ramayana. Last time. I mentioned how in this story, Rama Mary's Cedar and the two of them take off into the forest with Rama's brother luck Shama. The two gentlemen are out when they encounter a woman who tries to seduce each of them, when she fails, she runs back to her brother, Rovena, who is profoundly powerful in both worldly and spiritual ways. She convinces him that he must have Cedar Ramos. Ravena turns himself into a deer and kidnaps SITA. He takes her back to his palace across the ocean, as they fly through the air. She throws off a trail of jewelry for her husband and brother-in-law to follow sure that they will rescue her. Apparently she wears a great deal of jewelry because she makes it a really long way. So that's about as much as I mentioned last time, but I'm now adding that Rama is not human. There's a triumvirate of male Hindu gods Brahma, the God of creation, Shiva, the God of destruction and Vishnu, the God of eternity in his job of preserving the continuity of life. Vishnu periodically incarnates as a physical being in order to teach, learn, and repair. And this is how it gets Rama. So Rama is not a normal guy. He's the God of eternity incarnate into physical form in order to ensure the preservation of life. And he's come to experience and understanding of trust, betrayal, and personal values in order to teach humanity through his stories and ensure the continuity of life in general. Back to the story bearing in mind that I'm not telling the whole thing, just illustrating the archetype for now. Anyway, ramen, his brother-in-law Shamana returned to their place in the woods and find that CDAI is gone even though in the magical protective barrier is still up. They call for her, they look for her and eventually they find some of her jewelry. So they go traipsing off through the woods in search of her. Meanwhile, The monkey princess are hosting a civil war. Honamin the commander of, one of the monkey armies is sent to investigate Rama and lugged Shamana as they stumble near the battlefield. Meanwhile, the monkey princess are hosting a civil war. Hanuman the leader of, one of the monkey armies is sent to investigate Rama and lush mana as they stumble near the battle. Just as Rama is secretly an avatar of Vishnu, how Newman is often thought to be secretly an avatar of Shiva, the God of destruction in any event, they recognize each other's souls immediately. And hunter Mon drops to his knees and prays. The story gets really complex here as they encounter issues over the monkey war and random demons. But eventually hunter one goes off in search of Cedar and finds her at Robyn as island estate Lanka on route. He has also had quite a few bouts of personal shape-shifting where Honoman ultras his size to be as small as a cat so that he can sneak through and as large as a mountain to prove his divinity, because, you know, big things must be done. Back in Lanka as this adventure is happening. See that has been refusing Rovena. Who's desperately trying to court her. He is much more gentlemanly than Gilbreth pathway and Gwydion, and does not try to take her back. I am happy to say. So when Hannah Mon arrives, he sneaks into SITA's quarters, knowing that he can't defeat Robyn, adjust to then and tries to persuade her to return with him. She refuses. She wants Rama to save her. Now, those are the point at which people start arguing over it. Some will say that at this point, Cedar is just being snotty or rude, but it's actually likely that she doesn't want to be left alone in the woods with Honda Mon. If she's going home with a man she'd like it to be her husband. In any case, eventually Rama does show up and take SITA away. However, he suspects her of her enjoying her time with Rovena. She offers to do a trial by fire when she is not burned to death, but rather saved from incineration by the guards. Rama comes to believe in her innocence. He couldn't just trust her word there. In any event in time, even that is not enough. Cedar returns to the palace with Rama, but the towns, people are whispering, not very nice things that indicate that they think Rama is a pansy for allowing his unfaithful wife back into his home. So he banishes her into the forest where she gives birth to his twin boys who are then trained by a sacred mass. Eventually Rama finds out and is impressed with his offspring. He wants to see him. He wants to welcome them home, not so much. However, with Cedar he'd like her to prove her innocence again. So she does, but this time she did is not asked to be spared. If she is innocent. Rather, she asked that the earth rise up in consumer if she is innocent so that she doesn't have to live with his hollow accusations anymore. And that is the end of. And the heartbreak and shame of Rama who finally, truly believes her the Ramayana while it contains many lessons can be seen as an illustration of the God Vishnu, incarnating as Rama in order to assist in our growth and development by illustrating the repercussions of trust, betrayal, and values. But what about us? How do we shape shift for our own personal growth and development? I think it's both the simplest and the most difficult thing we can possibly do. We have to change. Somebody said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. That quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. But there is no evidence that any of them said it, it was probably my next door neighbor, the irritating. Anyway, we shipped shift for our own growth and development by stretching our comfort zones by taking small steps toward big dreams. When we think it's too late, it's not dreams. Don't always look the same in the light. In fact, they never do, but when we take steps to make the impossible come true, it almost always does just perhaps not the impossible we had originally. What are we a rockstar learned to play an instrument? Yes. Even if you're 87, want to write a novel, write something, anything you want to go back to college, to a search online for programs you're interested in dreams or pointers in the direction we should move, not end point destination. We're happy when we follow our dreams. Not necessarily when we catch them light is squelched. When we try to hold it in our hands, but lights our way when we pursue it, be bold shift shift, because when we consider ourselves clearly enough, we can subtract our reflection from our images of the world. And that's when we can start to see the truth. There's one more. Shapeshifter coming up. Shape-shifting for communal and cultural change. Plus, we've got to get to that end justify the means thing I mentioned until then author responsibly.