Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Sharing Space: The Prenatal Hero's Journey A Path to Healing, Genius and Transformation

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Sharing Space: The Prenatal Hero's Journey A Path to Healing, Genius and Transformation

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Each one of us, the sons and daughters on the yellow brick road of transformation and metaphoric pregnancy, each one of us playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, yes, each one of us feels the strong contractile waves that move us down the mythic birth canal into a new vision of ourselves. Each one of us enters the cave we fear to enter, finding it holds the treasure that we seek. Each human is a new dream unfolding on the stage of life, and this drama is not predetermined but does have a plot line. Each one of us is on a life-long path to discovering our lion (inner courage), our Tin Man (collective heart) and our Scarecrow (innate genius). All of this is made possible by hearing the call from the universe to birth a holy human aimed at bringing our gifts and new worldview to the canvas of a holistic perspective. We have a golden thread pulling us in the direction of deep meaning and profound purpose. As we transform from fetus to newborn, we depend on conscious parenting and profound bonding to heal psychosocial wounds while equally magnifying genius, talent, wisdom for the benefit of our future world.

After exploring both prenatal development and "The Hero's Journey" model for more than 20 years, I have discovered a cross-fertilization of these two narratives. Joseph Campbell, in his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, was very clear that the hero's journey is a transformational process. This transformation "midwifes" us into higher, more evolved worldviews of self, culture, and nature. My aim is to help birth a much needed new perspective by weaving both narratives toward a transformational worldview.

Michael Meade (2010), in his book, Fate and Destiny, reminds us,

A genuine calling must be followed to uncover the golden self and learn the purpose it would have us serve. Here, the intimate relationship between our gifts and our wound becomes critical for healing and growth as well as for understanding both what we fear and what we love. (p. 12).

What rests inside the heart of each unborn child is both the remembrance of God-mind prior to birth as well as the divine agreement to "play" human again. We must remain humble to the fact that every fetus was just recently in spirit form, weeks or months before incarnation. This being is an infinite all-knowing God angel that now rests comfortably in the womb, awaiting the words, song, dance, genius, love, and emotional intelligence from both parents.

Our goal here is the opening of the inner eye that changes how the family looks at prenatal development and beyond. I feel that using the master context of both the hero's journey and Ken Wilber's (2007) four quadrants, from his book, A Brief History of Everything, provides a holistic map of stories and systems from which our culture and world will benefit greatly.

Michael Meade (2010) also reminds us,

We are the individual carriers of fate's unending plotlines and we enter the stage of life inclined to play specific roles and bring to life certain dramas. The comedies and tragedies of the endless drama of life are continually recast through us with the auditions occurring before birth. Individuals take up the archetypal roles of sinner and saint, of tyrant and victim, of lover and outcast, yet each brings a unique twist and characteristic style to the plot. For, that too is fate, the twist that makes each soul specific, unusual in some way, and ultimately unique. (p. 40).

The idea here is to remain open to unconventional ways of thinking, open to listening to your unborn child's voice through your dreams, through meditation, and through extra-sensory perception. We need to have a beginner's mind, a mind that is simply free to be awake, aware, and interested in a deep and meaningful conversation with your unborn child. What story are they choosing to tell you?

There are three stages within the hero's journey: separation, initiation, and return (Campbell, 1949).

Separation signifies both a newly forming identity as fetus/newborn and a newly formed identity as parent. …

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