Be The Hero of Your Own Winning Adventure



Be The Hero of Your Own Winning Adventure


I recently was channel surfing and came across Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.Looking through fresh eyes I could see the journey we must all take to go from looking inside ourselves to bringing forth our visions into the world.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone draws on English fantasy works that seem to be for children but is in fact an allegory of the Hero’s Journey. Mythologist Joseph Campbell discovered that heroic myths from every culture are essentially the same story. He discovered a pattern in any story in which an ordinary person accomplishes something heroic.

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 Rowling herself has stated that her book is really about imagination and that practicing wizardry is only a metaphor for developing one’s full potential. On one level, the story is a thriller with a criminal plot. But on a deeper level, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, illustrates the challenges and adventures of growing up, finding mentors, gaining respect from peers, owning your gifts and talents and answering the call.

 At the beginning of the journey we aren’t the hero we need to be in order to reach our goal. We are just ordinary. We usually aren’t smart enough, strong enough or wise enough. We have to face our “shadows” our challenges and fears to become the hero of our own winning adventure. In this case Harry must face Voldemort and destroy the stone. The hero’s journey is ultimately a story of personal transformation from childhood to adulthood, challenges to opportunities and ordinary to extraordinary.

 Harry discovered that there is something uniquely valuable inside him and that he is a great wizard. He overcomes adverse situations while remaining strong and virtuous. It is ultimately his imagination and courage that transforms him from the ordinary forgotten orphan living under the stairs into a hero.

Anybody who has ever changed the world or achieved greatness started out as an ordinary person just like you and me.

I would like to share with you the story of Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD, RN. Mary, is the co-founder and director emeritus of Shands Arts in Medicine program at University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, where she created the first artist-in-residence program of its type in the United States. At a time when art was not integrated in health care, Mary became inspired by her own experience of healing herself through art and created a program which incorporates art, music, poetry, theater, and dance into the medical profession. She directed the nationally-recognized Arts in Medicine program for over 15 years. Today she works to promote a vision for a more creative and transformative nursing practice.

 Mary’s Story

I was a young mother with two young children, my husband ended up leaving me and I crashed. My support network was ripped away and everything shattered. A deep sense of despair and rage took over. Therapy wasn’t working and my therapist said you need to try something different. I had so many fears about not being good enough  but I was willing to try something new… it was almost as if there was a part of me that rose out of the ashes, like the phoenix rising. I had this incredible opportunity of recreating my life.  mary_rockwood_lane_web__large

  I’ve never made art before, but I decided I’m going to be an artist.  I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I went to a studio and picked out a canvas. I didn’t even know how to hold a brush and I started painting. I became excited with the process of painting: the colors, the textures, and the way different shapes swirled together on the canvas. The painting began to transform into an image of my pain and hurt. I forgot about how I felt and instead painted those feelings. I began a series of self portraits which were my despair. They were all distorted with garish backgrounds. They were crying and bleeding. When I finished releasing the image onto canvas, I stepped back and gasped! What I saw was an aspect of myself that I couldn’t face; it was so ugly! I backed away, left the studio and went home.  I realized I had left behind the pain and the past. I was free.


  How are you the hero of your own winning adventure?