Belly of the Whale

Belly of the Whale
Belly of the Whale

Ever feel a strong yearning inside yourself that there has to be something more to life but feel frustrated because you don’t know what it is or how to reach it? Do you wish to live a more rounded & vibrant life?

Yes? Then you, my friend, are like a snake trying to shed its skin. I know because I’ve been that snake twice in my life.

When a snake’s insides are literally outgrowing its outside skin that is now restricting it, it’s painful, itchy and exhausting. But guess what? It’s also absolutely necessary for the snake to shed its old skin or it will die from the inability to evolve. It will never grow into its True Self and the Purpose for why it’s on this planet without this transformation.

If the snake can find the inner strength to endure this evolutionary process, it emerges as a shiny, new version of its old self – stronger and healthier for the lessons it learned in the process – ready to advance into the next chapter of life and fulfill the Purpose for why it was born. Its Soul will sing with joy!

In her book, The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons from Oz, Jean Houston labels this precarious place of predicament as the Belly of the Whale phase of Joseph Campbell’s the Hero’s Journey. After the heroine on the journey accepts the Call to Adventure, an intuitive summons to make a positive difference in the world, she ventures into an unknown realm, the Belly of the Whale. Here, the heroine may be feeling the urge to make a huge life change, veering into new territory, and exhibits willingness to morph into a better, more enlightened version of herself while dying to the old self.

That’s what this portrait is about – dying to the old self and accepting the adventure to evolve into the True Self. The journey may be frightening, and things may seem topsy-turvy and confusing, but the beauty that can emerge from accepting this challenge will create a life beyond your dreams!

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