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Game of Thrones – The Heroines Journey to Enlightenment

In the popular series, Game of Thrones, Princess Daenerys Targaryen is on an earth based journey. She is also, as all of us are, on the spiritual journey we call today, the Heroes Journey – or in this case the Heroines Journey.

In the Heroine’s Journey all women start as a young virgin, sometimes princess, sometimes pauper. If they survive the trials on the journey they finish as the wise old Crone.

The Heroine’s journey is the story all women travel in this physical existence: In essence the Heroine’s Journey is a personal search for enlightenment. The Heroines goal is to journey inward …as opposed to an outward journey for the Heroes Journey. The Heroine takes her journey to free herself from her family, mother, father and societies restrictions. She is to  find her sexuality, joy and inner wisdom –  and then finally her highest self; her spirituality and oneness with the one Self..

Along the way the heroine must define her own self’s life’s purpose and value’s, not those of her family. She must find her own self-worth; not the values and worth imposed on her from gender, family and society.

The heroine must avoid the Ophelia trap; depending on her father for love and security. She must also reconcile her relationship with her mother that has trapped her in a subjected role..

Along the journey, the Heroine will face challenges and wage battles that appear to be outside her in the material world, but in truth all battles will be inside her from her own making. In her journey to become an enlightened individual and Goddess she will progress along life’s wondrous path from dependent child, forward to the integrated, confident and creative adult, and  finally to arrive as the enlightened, wise and giving elder.

In the spiritual sense she starts out in the first act in this play of life, as the child Girl – the Virgin Princess. 

In the second act she portrays the strong independent woman.

And finally in the third act of life, hopefully finishing her inward journey to enlightenment, she awakens as the Wise Old Crone. She then realizes this earthly journey has all been a play. A passion play to reach enlightenment. If she has become enlightened she has learned that she is one with God, nature and all beings. Knowing this she can now relinquish attachments to this physical world of suffering – and upon physical death she goes back home; never needing to incarnate in human physical form again.

Steve Monahan

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