Week 11 – The Resurrection
Neo returns to life with the ability to control the Matrix in The Matrix. After his apparent demise in a fight to the death with Moriarty atop
Reichenbach Falls, Sherlock Holmes returns in The Adventure of the Empty House. Frodo loses his finger and the Ring as Gollum plunges into the
fires of Mount Doom in The Return of the King.
The Resurrection is the climax of the Hero’s Journey as the Hero is tested to the limit by a face-to-face encounter with death. This challenge will
determine whether the Hero can utilize all the skills acquired on the Journey after coming back to the Ordinary World. It may be a showdown with the
villain or a battle to save the Universe but this challenge often requires a sacrifice…
At this point, you’ve been on the Hero’s Journey for ten weeks. You’ll find that the result of regular daily meditation and completing the exercises in
this program is significant changes in your life. Your relationships with your family and friends will evolve, some for the better, others to a natural
end. Your appearance will alter, as good food, regular exercise, and a meditation practice will make you look and feel better. Your presence will become
more self-assured. You’ll feel calmer and more confident, and the hamster wheel of your mind will slow down. Your work situation may also progress along
with your finances. All of these changes are a rebirth of your life.
However, the Resurrection does not come without a cost. There is only so much time in a week, and if you’re spending it developing yourself, you have less
time for other things. You may lose sleep, neglect family responsibilities, or make other poor choices in order to practice. Sacrificing other important
endeavours is a mistake, however, because there are other ways to free up time. Television, mindless video games, surfing the Internet; these are the
things that use up our time in an enjoyably useless fashion. It can be difficult to give up pastimes that are entertaining but have no redeeming qualities,
but the sacrifice to reduce or eliminate these activities brings a greater good to your life.
The Resurrection is a time for learning the meaning of the lessons of the Hero’s Journey. As a general rule, having effective learning skills will help
every part of your life. Here are some suggestions for efficient learning:
- Take frequent breaks while learning. A 15 minute break for every 45 minutes of studying works well.
- Know when to stop. If you’re slowing down, having difficulty concentrating, or not understanding the material and a break doesn’t help, you’re done for
- Review the material periodically. Review later in the day, and do a quick overview of the material once in a while. This will help retention.
- Find the best sources of information. You can use the wisdom of crowds (or collaborative filtering as it is known) to determine the best books and
resources. Use the aggregate reviews and sorting features on sites like Amazon.com to find the materials that everyone recommends. If a book has a hundred
reviews with an average of four and a half or five stars, it’s going to be great. I used this method to find the best books on web/database development
which led to my independent consulting practice.
- Find the best teachers. If you can locate a highly qualified mentor, you’ll learn much more quickly than if you teach yourself. Keep in mind that great
books are great teachers as well.
- If you spend a lot of time walking, commuting, or driving, get audio books on the subject you want to learn. You make great use of your time as you
listen on your Journey. Use the same collaborative filtering process described above to find the best audio tracks.
- Be passionate about what you’re learning. This will help with motivation. If you’re not passionate about it, why are you learning it?
- Teach what you’re learning. The best way to know if you’ve learned something is to teach it to someone else. This will clearly indicate your weaknesses
with the material (see Week 12).
One of the bonus tracks included with this program is a Learning audio track. This track will help your brain get in a state conducive to learning. Use
it by playing the track through stereo headphones while studying.
Week 11 Exercises and Resources
- Continue your weekly meditations. Once a day this week, listen to Week 11 - The Resurrection.
Continue meditating for the rest of this course and beyond.
- Assess your current life. What changes, positive and negative, have taken place over the past 11 weeks of this program? Write it all down.
- Use the bonus Learning audio track supplied with this course and apply the learning suggestions listed above while studying or reading. Evaluate the
effectiveness of these techniques.
The Adventure of the Empty House
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King