Archetypally, The Hero slays external dragons to regain power, while The Heroine slays internal dragons to regain wholeness. We, women founders, overachievers, entrepreneurs and freedom seekers eventually find our way home, having healed, reclaimed and integrated both our inner Hero and Heroine.
But what happens after we return home, powerful and whole? In Hollywood movies, that's when the sun sets and fades to credits. But in real life, the next quest has just begun. The hungry freedom seeker is about to transform into a fulfilled liberator on The Liberator's Journey.
STAGE 1 • FREEDOM SEEKER
In stage 1, The Liberator has no idea they are a liberator. She only knows that she wants to be free. So she seeks social or geographical freedom through travel, creative freedom through art or design, emotional / spiritual freedom through self help, and time / financial freedom through entrepreneurship.
Eg. Having caught the travel bug, Cassie tried her hand at Amazon drop shipping, Jane at MLM pyramids, and Rachel at affiliate marketing, seeking a vehicle for financial freedom, so that they'd eventually have lifestyle freedom, ie the time and space to do what they truly love.
STAGE 2 • E-COURSE OX
In stage 2, even though The Liberator chose an industry she loves (eg. self development, wellness, fashion, etc.), she starts to feel a lack of meaning and fulfillment in promoting others' products, when she herself has something to say, something to contribute. So she heads out to the field under the scorching sun, straps on a plow to her ox back, and starts dragging, yanking and whipping herself to churn out 4 businesses and an e-course.
Patriarchy taught her that this is the only way to success and financial freedom. She burns out her adrenals, exhausts her radiance and traumatizes her nervous system.
Eg. Shareen poured every cent she had into a video crew, hair, makeup, wardrobe, etc. etc. etc. to film and edit her e-course. She denied herself months of sleep, romance, social life, and nutrition to produce her e-course and recoup her investment.
STAGE 3 • DIGGING OF THE WHY
In stage 3, when aaaaaall that busyness, efforting and financial investment yield little to no results, The Liberator plunges into a raging abyss of "Why?!? Why, Universe?!? I did everything right. I did everything I was supposed to!!! WTF, Universe!?!"
That's when mentors and angels come along and whisper, "The only way out is through." To get through the abyss, she must start digging for her "Why", her soul's true purpose.
Eg. Miko implemented all the self-development books, podcasts, webinars, workshops, retreats and trainings. She implemented all the traditional business, marketing, networking, funnel, and conversion tactics. Even so, massive outpour of every cent and energy yielded little to no consistent results, which triggers an identity or spiritual crisis.
People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it.
– SIMON SINEK
STAGE 4 • SLAYING OF PATRIARCHY
In stage 4, thanks to mentors (external allies) and angels (internal allies), The Liberator realizes that freedompreneurship is a spiritual quest to slay all that is false in her life, especially patriarchal conditioning and effortful forcing. This battle to discern what is her true, slay what is false and surrender her old self catapults her into a death and rebirth.
Eg. Priya let go of hustling and "bigger, better, faster" as her modi operandi. She also let go of her $6,200/month Manhattan apartment to stop keeping up with the Jones. She opened herself up to feminine power teachings, even if her masculine conditioned self saw it as hocus pocus at first.
Stage 5 • Revelation of Sacred Contract
After The Liberator surrendered to a frightening death and rebirth, she is rewarded with her "Sacred Contract," her soul's purpose. This revelation explains why all the previous efforts have failed or produced lukewarm results. They weren't sourced from this highest purpose.
Stage 6 • Claiming of Soul Why
The Liberator's "Sacred Contract" catapults her into a powerful role reversal: instead of her soul being ox-whipped by her ego, her ego now bows in service to her soul. In this spiritual switcheroo, she realizes that the function of freedom is to free someone else. She is thus empowered with the universal inquiry of "Who am I here to liberate?" and reclaims her soul tribe.
Stage 7 • Unleash of Masterclass
The Liberator is now clear on her "Why" and her "Who." All the dragons she has slayed and all wisdom she has collected through the previous stages all converge toward "What" she is meant to teach. On this penultimate leg of soul maturation for lifestyle freedom, she makes a quantum leap from lifelong learner to masterful teacher to unleash her very own masterclass
Stage 8 • Liberator / Teacher / Guide
By fulfilling her "Sacred Contract," by alchemizing who she has become and what she has learned into a powerful masterclass for her tribe, she now embodies and lives the truth that "The function of freedom is to free someone else." The original, restless, hungry, nay starving Freedom Seeker has now become a fulfilled Liberator.
Live fierce and free,
(First Published Jul 29, 2018)
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