My the Force find you where ever you need it and do not. There is an idea within the Hero's Journey when you think about it. It is the Spoiler. When we tell our stories and share our Myths or two, there is a very real idea that lives between the lines; so to speak. The Spoiler Alert is described as a "warning that an important detail of the plot development is about to be revealed." Its a hint or a name drop or a warning of some sort. This Modern day Jedi path is filled with these "Easter Eggs" if you know where to look. One of them is that deja vu or that recollection on a story that looks juuuuuuuust like this one. Not quite the same but something feels very similar and looks the same. There is a mental "ding" or "ring of a coin" in my head when these things start happening. There can come a time in our life, when we have studied so much and frequent so many of the same things that the Hero's Journey can become much more than a story. I am going to warn you as an example, if you have not recently watched the New Episode of The Mandalorian on Nov 27, 2020- this is your Spoiler Alert. Do not read this next paragraph.

 

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There are times in a story or Myth when we recognize. One of our main Jedi found themselves in such a place, talking to a youngling. There they were, at the juncture every one knows. The kid and the path. To train or not to train. To continue or not to continue. To take this chosen student or to not. Our Jedi said " No" where every other Jedi said yes. Spoiler complete.

 

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I left this description of the episode very open so I hope we can all take some time to watch the last episode or read the message. The idea is this, there WILL come a time if your paying attention like we do, when things begin to be familiar. It will happen and Spoiler Alerts will often cross your path in real life, they will cross your Modern day Jedi path too. It will happen. Maybe it already has. Spoiler Alerts can be used to help. There is a benefit from a warning. The Hero's Journey is chock full of 'em. 

There can come moments when we know that we need to do something different. We know. No one has to tell us. Or sometimes seasons come and go. It is pretty obvious to us, sometimes. No one will be able to tell us. This is the Hero's Journey at its finest. How do you use these every day? SPOILER ALERTS? Have ya learned from 'em? Still hitting an impasses? Still doing the same thing? Share. That is all we really do here. Can you find the Spoiler Alerts in your own Journey and path? I promise, they are there. 

May the Force find and seek you as you seek it.

Pastor Carlos

 

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Thank you for that. The more I seek the Force the more I find that it illuminates my path. You are absolutely correct.

I find that the hardest part about these spoilers is acting upon them. That is the hardest part for me. That’s where I find...

Thank you for that. The more I seek the Force the more I find that it illuminates my path. You are absolutely correct.

I find that the hardest part about these spoilers is acting upon them. That is the hardest part for me. That’s where I find the challenge, the fork in the road.

The spoilers are the opportunities we seek for growth and enlightenment. They take us out of our comfort zone.

Just my two cents. Once again great sermon!

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Great reflection, Pastor Carlos. The inkling that this path is one I have been on before, and to remember to bring the lessons of the last time I was on this path has been my struggle. Stumbling and falling on the same obstacle at times. Thank...

Great reflection, Pastor Carlos. The inkling that this path is one I have been on before, and to remember to bring the lessons of the last time I was on this path has been my struggle. Stumbling and falling on the same obstacle at times. Thank you for highlighting this reminder of the various paths ahead.

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My (oldest) son asked me a very good question once. He said, "Dad, what is the purpose of life?" Imagine that. A 9 year old boy (last year) with such an existential conflict that he needed to know life's purpose.
I told him that with all of my...

My (oldest) son asked me a very good question once. He said, "Dad, what is the purpose of life?" Imagine that. A 9 year old boy (last year) with such an existential conflict that he needed to know life's purpose.
I told him that with all of my wisdom, I wouldn't be of much help to his internal turmoil, but he persisted. He needed to know. I told him as close to the truth as I could get. I said, "Life is funny. Not funny like a movie or a joke, but funny like strange and bizarre. It has a nature... A way it works, however it doesn't really have a purpose. We aren't given our purpose, here."
Life has a nature. It is like a heartbeat. It is predictable and sporadic in the same instance. We know our heart is going to beat, we just don't know when the next beat will be. So life is predictable and has patterns, like counting by 2s or 5s. If your number is 20, then you know 22 or 25 is bound to happen. It is our responsibility to react or not to react when we are faced with life's situations... Life's patterns.
Think about everything that has happened on your life. Mentally categorize each event. Think about the circumstances leading up to the events, and the environments surrounding them. Now think about how many times you have encountered that type of event, or been in a similar situation. Was it with similar circumstance and environment? Probably. Now the only thing left to do is isolate these patterns and learn from them.
Once you figure out that your 25 is coming bc you have been counting by fives, you can prepare for it. Predicting what life will throw at you or your friends next... Now, that's a spoiler alert! Actually getting yourself or your friends to heed the advice...? That's for another post ?

Pastor, if I have misinterpreted your sermon or have posted something contradictory to your teachings, please let me know.

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