You’ve faced down your worst demon in his stronghold, and you’ve defeated him. You’re no longer in the inauthentic state you were in when you were stuck in your Ordinary World, your initiation by fire is complete and you are now a true Hero.
It is time to claim your Treasure, the goal of your Hero’s Journey.
Claiming Your Treasure
It may be a thing that you wanted, or someone you love, a recovery from illness, a comeback in business, a raise, an achievement like a book published, an event accomplished, or something intangible like knowledge or self-worth. Another word for the Treasure is the Elixir, something that once you possess, will change you forever.
And hasn’t the Hero’s Journey changed you already? It has stretched you beyond your old self, given you tests that have challenged you to grow, forged new friendships and alliances along the way, brought you to new places in the world, and let you know of weaknesses, but also of resources within you that you never knew you had. The Hero’s Journey itself has been a Treasure of sorts, giving its own rewards along the way.
We’ve all had times when we’ve triumphed over the difficulties of life and achieved our heart’s desires. Times like that make us feel on top of the world, and let us know just how strong and resourceful we can be. Celebrating those victories help stack up our self-esteem and confidence, and they are always worth acknowledging, no matter how small.
When was the last time you claimed your treasure? How did it feel? What empowering beliefs did you build or can you build from that experience to aid you in the future? And how many more victories can you remember, right now?