People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs
The C Gabriel with mythic deviant and part three of the shape-shifter the shapeshifter as a game changer. I want to note that the stories I'm telling our stories, they're not purely historical events. They are based on truth with a capital T, which is the essence of what it is to be human. They are arguably not based on little T truth, which is events that happened in a specific order in the physical world. Many of these stories are told in a variety of ways. They're even storytelling caves, where they put up lots of different pictures of different variations or different scenes in a myth so that the storytellers can put them together in a different way. That best serves the people who happen to be there. Different people at different times knew different stories, but the same archetypes and conflicts arise again and again, because they're inherently part of the human experience. So I may tell the same story differently, or you may have heard the same story differently and that's appropriate. The one story that speaks to our hearts at a given time is the one that meets at the present stage that we're working. The others reveal capital T truths, but we might not need to hear them right now. They're still good. We might want them later. They can be filed away for future use back to the shapeshifter. The shapeshifter is about change, deep lasting, true change, not just the illusion of change. And this time we'll look at how it's used to change the world. It's a little dire. Again, I'm starting with the second person. I don't just do that because I think it's funny, but I do sometimes we just need to make an example out of someone. And in this case, we're going with Nairobi, uh, Thebes, having a major party in celebration of Latona. Latona is the mom of Apollo, the Greek sun, God. And Artimus the great goddess of the hunt. And she's one of those as many exes. She's a title. Nairobi arrives on the scene and is deeply offended. People just don't worship her enough as the queen, she expects more from her people. So she lets her feelings be known. What are you people doing worshiping someone who you have never seen and may not even exist. I am the one who rules those plays and I rule it. Well, if I do say so myself, I am beautiful. I am happy and I have everything I could ever want. If anyone deserves worship, it is. Besides I have seven daughters and seven sons, surely that is evidence that I am better than the outdated Titan who has only want to be. I am seven times as worthy of your worship as she is. As one might expect, Latona is not thrilled with this. She calls her kids, Apollo and Artemis do something. She says she's humiliating. Me and her deity offspring come through Artimus takes her bow and arrows and shoots each of the seven daughters. Well, Apollo takes his arrows of death and disease and gives the sons as slightly more lingering, but still swift. And when their father gets home and finds all of his 14 killed, dead and or dying, he too takes his own life. Within days, Nairobi finds herself alone in her heartbreak and stupor. She begins to sob and to walk and walk. And walk until she turns into stone. To this day, she sits as a huge stone on Mount syphilis, weeping eternally. For all she has lost. She has shaped shifted by another. Her life is transformed to teach us a lesson, to teach us that all things gained can be lost to teach us that gratitude is a safer choice than pride to teach us that humans, no matter how fortunate are not appropriate, objects of worship. This is the second person use of the shape-shifter. It's a game changer for her and everyone around her for the first person version of the story I'm picking. Caixa. As a child kicks the cuddle watches, the annual sacrifices of volunteer. Usually someone captured from a war with another tribe is taken to the top of the pyramid. The chief lays the person across the altar, takes his sacred blade from its hallowed case, raises it to the sky to bless and purify it. Then plunges it into the volunteer. Ripping out is still beating hard and holds it up as an offering to the gods. That's the shares that the rains will come, the crops will grow and the community will be blessed as a young man kicks. The cuddle is fierce, brilliant and deadly. So he is groomed for the throne. The first year he was in charge. He easily selects a captor after all he'd been at the battle and the young man's father had killed several of his men. He wants them to the top of the pyramid. He lays him across the hall. Shaking. He takes a sacred prayed from his hollowed case and with the rage of a young warrior, he raises it to the sky, blesses it and purifies it. Then plunges it into the volunteer, ripping out his, still beating heart and holds it up as an offer to the gods. Then he shakes for a really long while, even after having a stiff. As the first few years go by, this becomes easier. And that his third annual sacrifice, he is cool, competent and professional. He has no need for a drink and he continues to lead his people in their wars against the neighboring towns. But by the ninth year, he is becoming weary. He has seen too many of his own men die. And he recently had to kill a young man who too closely resembled his brother. So he prays on this extensively. And from there, he begins to lobby the council. The sacrifices he argues can be made in time, animal and grain. There is no need for human life to be involved. The gods he claims are satisfied with the care and attention of the populous. They do not require its blood, but the council box, we have always done it this way. The gods need fresh blood, or they will turn on. So that year Caixa cuddle does, as he is told, he walks his captor, a healthy young man who he has learned, makes beautiful art to the top of the pyramid. He lays him across the altar shaking. He, so the sacred blade from his hollowed case and with the trepidation of a man who has seen too much blood, he raises it to the sky to bless and purify it. Then plunges it into the volunteer, ripping out his, still beating heart and holds it up as an offering to the God. And he continues both his prayers and his campaign. He concentrates on increasing the rituals at other times of year to take the pressure off the annual sacrifice. And he leads people in deeper and more frequent worship as he insists to the council. It is time to do away with human sacrifice. And as the event approaches, he argues passionately that there is. Death in the world and that what they really need is life. And the way to get it is by honoring and respecting the lives they have. But the council disagrees. If you love your home, if you love your community, if you love your people, you will do. As we ask you, we'll do this sacrifice. So when the day comes gets, the cuddle walks is captured to the top of the pyramid. He lays him across the altar and with a strong and steady hand, he takes a sacred blade from his hollowed case. He raises it to the sky to bless and purify it. Then plunges it into his own chest and rips out his own. Still beating heart and kicks. A cuddle is no longer a chief. He's now a gun. He's a God who ended blood sacrifices and who's returned. We still await. He is sometimes referred to as the Mesoamerican Christ and many other stories would have worked here too. Achilles tear, Indra, Odin, Martin Luther king Gandhi, Cedar Loki, Rosa parks, or any other. Thousands of gods heroes, spirits, and people who have laid down their lives literal or figurative so that we can live with a little more depth, a little more awareness, Jesus as well heard of in our culture, but far from alone. Even now, there are homeless folks sleeping in the park, uncomfortable, hungry, and uncared for they are dying for our greed fear and self-righteousness, we can go outside and watch them die for our sins. But this is so dire that we're doing one last shapeshifter story on to the north. In Norse mythology. There are nine worlds. We live in mid garden. Kay. She ever get lost on a drizzle, the world tree. It needed to find your way home. The gods we know today largely live in Asgard, which is the realm of the sear, the gods of human conquest. There's also Vanna Haim, the realm of the veneer, the gods of human nature. This realm birthed the old gods, such as Frey. Who's the green man or the nature, God and Freya. Who's the goddess of love, sex and death, the giver and taker of life. Predictably, the power shift is not gentle. There's a war between the SERE, the residents of Asgard and the veneer, the residents of Anaheim, and it's ugly and ends in a mutual hostage situation, which is how fray and Freya make it to Asgard with their dead Nord, who is the God of beaches, edges, and margins, because how cool is that? But tensions run high for quite a while. Even after the trade one day a Hardy looking gentlemen comes into town and offers his services as a builder to construct a great wall around as guard so that the, a sear with their impenetrable defenses can become rulers of all nine realms Odin. The all father asks about the conditions after all there have been a lot of wars and he'd really like to have a good defense. The gentleman requests a year for completion, Freya, the aforementioned sex goddess, the sun, and the moon as payment. This displeases Freya greatly. There's another story about how she came to rule over death because she started out with just love and sex. But I think this one may have something to do with it. Anyway, lochia suggests that they dropped the timeframe and insist that the builder can't have help. He suggests that the builder can't make the terms that way and they'll get most of the wall for free, but the gentlemen agrees under the condition that his horse can assist. And man, that horse can. The horse and the builder whipped through all into shape. And it's looking like they're going to complete on time, which is thoroughly unacceptable to Freya as well as others. They freak out and begin to bodily abuse. Loki who insisted he has a plan and fleet. The next day, when the builder arrives with his Steed to finish the end of the wall, a soul tree, young Mero, Whitson, and his horse who he needs so much takes off after her. The Steed finally returns the next day, but the terms have not been met and the assignor do in fact, have a free almost. Well, the builder complains, but at about that time, thorough returns from a tour of giant fighting and instantly recognizes that the builder is secretly a giant. They fight Thor's smacks him around with Mueller has hammer and that's how things pretty much always end with. But low-key our shapeshifter Odin is also one, but he stayed put in this tail is missing for awhile. He returns about a year later, leading a Colt slept near who has eight legs and the ability to travel anywhere through any medium, even the realm of the dead low-key presents, slept near to Odin who is further in. Loki has shipped shifted. He's changed into the mayor, altering himself at a cellular level. He's saved love sex, and the natural world. He protected as guard through its no wall. And he's empowered Odin to conquer the remaining outliers in the night. Low-key unquestionably is a God who learns and the lessons that he garners along the way, including the way the ACERA attacked him when he was under stress, including what it's like to be left alone in the wilderness pregnant and including the way he gave away his child for the good of his community and met with only disrespect. Very likely comes into play and will contribute to his role in eventually bringing down the group. He shaped shifts by choice of his own accord, and he saves his world at a huge cost to himself. And I believe it's fair to say that he will never be the same again. So how, when and why do we shape shift in service to our world? For some of us, there are things which we're willing to trade in our current lives for, for others that are not, each of us can reflect an archetype, but some of them are so strongly embedded that we couldn't cast them off. If we wanted to, while others are a distant reach that we can barely stretch too. For some people, they make sense for others, they seem crazy. We're all right. The shapeshifter like all other archetypes is a super power and it can achieve super results at a super price. And sometimes they're worth it, but use with caution and wisdom next time, a little more chipper, the love goddess until then author responsibly.