Both, the Medicine Wheel and the hero’s journey are circular, and in this book I turn them in parallel motion like two wheels joined by an axis. As we go around, I share my personal story and the stories of others to clearly illustrate how each step affects our psyche, creating substantial ripples in our lives. As you read, you are invited to recognize when and how you have been in each landscape and to reflect on where you are now. At the end, I hope that you are able to identify what psychic, emotional, and spiritual milestones you have already realized. Then, moving forward, you will begin to see what dangers loom around you and what opportunities you must claim and not miss.
Another point I want to highlight before diving into our heroic journey has to do with the idea of the extraordinary. Let’s not forget, I am offering you a compass to live a remarkable life, not because of material or outer success, but for the ability to cultivate presence and courage in the face of challenges and deception. Likewise, I expose notions and personal experiences that are not relatable from a linear and reductionist mind-set; it takes a level of openness and sensibility to perceive the world beyond appearances. My story discloses an initiation to a spiritual path and some of the events I narrate are indeed outside the conventional world. I also give plenty of examples of other people crossing the fine veils between the visible ordinary and the invisible extraordinary.