The journey to the Underworld must be made alone.

cave-1178852-1279x1691At our September event at Toddhall just outside of St. Louis, we’ll be working with The Five Truths of the Underworld — a concept developed by our mentor and teacher, Cynthea Jones of the Diana’s Grove Mystery School. The Truths center around Persephone, the Queen of the realm, and we will be exploring them in depth throughout the weekend. There are still a few spots left, and we’d love to have you join us. Visit the event page for more information and to register.

As someone who loves Persephone and her story dearly, each of the Five Truths are a significant way for me to access this work. However, as the Expanding Inward team has been discussing the structure and theme of the weekend, there’s one particular Truth that keeps tugging at me. Each Truth is about healing in some way, shape, or form … but one seems to be demanding a particular approach to healing from me at the moment.

The journey to the Underworld must be made alone.

Here’s a secret: I hate to admit how badly I want a knight in shining armor to come to my rescue right now. I desperately want someone to fight my battles for me. Someone to right the wrongs done against me. Someone to fix things. I want someone to hand me a job that feeds me both personally and financially. I want someone to decree that I now have the freedom and time to pursue my passions without limitations. I want someone to tell me that I don’t have to be sad anymore.

Would that I had that luxury. Would that any of us did.

Here is the brutal and beautiful part of this Truth: I am the only one that can do my Work.

The journey to the Underworld must be made alone.

I go alone so that I can learn about my own darkness. I take the journey so that I can face the places of wounding and explore ways to soothe and heal. I take a step down into the Underworld so that I can be of service to myself and my soul … which I believe leads to me being of service to others. I find the treasure beneath the surface so that I can share it.

The journey to the Underworld must be made alone.

Does this mean that I am completely alone? No. I don’t believe that for a second. I have support. I have allies. I have family of blood and spirit who have been and will continue to encourage and root for me as I take the time I need to heal. The key to this Truth is aid. Not answers.

The journey to the Underworld must be made alone.

I will take the journey over and over. My route to the Underworld is well-worn. And, while I will not see you on my path, it’s comforting to me to know we are all travelers. Believe me when I say that I have your back. I will give you water and food for the journey. I’ll greet you when you return. And I trust that you will do the same for me. You can’t fix me or do my work for me, but it is so, so gratifying to know that you’re there.


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