These are the words of some of the Hero’s Journey Stewards for the Men’s Journey, sharing from our hearts what it means to be a steward of this work…..
John Sorensen, In His Own Words
What Being a Hero’s Journey Steward Has Meant to Me
The Hero’s Journey has been a large part of my on-going process of gaining psychological maturity and a deeply meaningful spiritual life. After going on my first summer journey as a participant, it was a natural progression and an honor to serve in subsequent years as a steward. Being a steward meant being and working side by side with other men who had similar enlightening experiences as I did, and who wanted to give back as expressions of our gratitude for what we had each been given.
As stewards we provide both the indoor and outdoor facilities and food services that support each of the annual journeys. This is a vital service to building and conducting a hero’s journey, and we know first hand that we are helping change men and women’s lives so that they can become more whole, energized, conscious, and fulfilled human beings.
In addition to supporting the journey facilitators and participants, being a steward also has included continuation of the opening and deepening of consciousness that builds upon what we have each gained as journey participants. We stewards are fortunate to have excellent leadership in that regard. Some of my most significant insights have been gained during our steward councils and working with the steward leadership.
Another aspect of stewardship to me is being part of a brotherhood of fellow stewards who, through our service, develop a sacred kinship to each other and to the land where each journey takes place. In turn, we gain a recognition and acknowledgement of our own sacredness that ripples out into the rest of our lives and relationships.
In short, I’m a better man for this experience, and it has been a genuine honor.
Joe Doyle, In His Own Words
I have never considered myself a “steward” simply because, by its very definition, stewardship implies servitude rather than service. I offer my skills and labor voluntarily to support the men on their Hero’s Journey into themselves and their spiritual nature, and continuing as a participant in my own Hero’s Journey.
When asked why I would take time from my life, time when I can be enjoying the picturesque lake I live on, the lovely weather of Southern Virginia and the company of my beautiful wife, Nancy, I can only offer up a vignette from a Super Bowl Sunday in 2008. It was the year that my Giants played the unbeatebn Patriots, and I was supporting a spiritual workshop. I would miss the game, and I wasn’t happy about it. The workshop’s presenter was also a Giant’s fan, and I gave him a lot of grief about his scheduling gaffe. In response, he asked me point blank, in front of the 80 plus people in attendance, to describe what it meant to me to miss the game.
Without conscious thought, these words popped out of my mouth,” Tonight, I could be home, watching a telecast originating 2,000 miles from here, where 80 plus football will play a game, half will lose, and the other half will get to call themselves champions – but only for a year. Then they will do it again next year, with different players and different champions. Or, I could be in this room where 80 plus people will undergo a healing of their spirits that will last an eternity. Where would you rather be?”
I guess that sums up the Hero’s Journey for me, I could be at home relaxing, or I could be on The Mountain, living a profound spiritual experience. Where would you rather be?