Solo Podcast 01: The Hero's Journey as a Path of Initiation and Integration

Breughel's Icarus (read about it  here )

Breughel's Icarus (read about it here)


In this solo podcast, I reflect on some topics covered in MPP13, expanding on the Hero's Journey and sharing some of my thoughts and experiences related to initiation, integration, waking up and growing up.

Here's the poem by Antonio Machado that Robert Bly reads at the end of the podcast:

The wind, one brilliant day, called
to my soul with an odor of jasmine.

'In return for the odor of my jasmine,
I'd like all the odor of your roses.'

'I have no roses; all the flowers
in my garden are dead.'

'Well then, I'll take the withered petals
and the yellow leaves and the waters of the fountain.'

The wind left. And I wept. And I said to myself:
'What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you?' 

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About Brian James
Brian James is a yoga teacher, musician and artist currently living in Montréal, Canada. He has been exploring the intersection of music, yoga and shamanism for over 20 years.

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