STEP 1: CONCEIVING THE HEROINE’S JOURNEY

 Photography: Marva Merci Dixon | Koh Phangan, Thailand

Photography: Marva Merci Dixon | Koh Phangan, Thailand

Today marks the conception AND domain purchase of HeroinesJourney.com: a newborn blog featuring true stories of real heroine's navigating the inner journey of wholeness.

The YINspiration for the Heroine’s Journey comes from three sources:

  1. As a compliment to the yang of Joseph Campbell's the Hero’s Journey
  2. As a reaction to the recently released movie Wonder Woman
  3. As a personal desire to take ownership of my Chinese name "Qay Lin", meaning "Heroine" and to bring voice to the untold stories of amazing women from around the world

YINspiration #1: THE HERO's JOURNEY

In a lifelong pursuit of profound passionate curiosity, Joseph Campbell studied myths from ancient to modern across cultures. From his in-depth research, he unveiled a unifying storyline or “monomyth” for the vast majority of stories, which he named “The Hero’s Journey”. The complete findings of his theory are captured in his book “Hero With a Thousand Faces” and while each story has it’s own contextual differences, the storyline is this:

The Hero hears a Call to Adventure, he leaves the Known World and ventures into the Unknown. There he meets a Mentor who has traversed both realms and acts as a guide. The Hero comes upon a Road of Trials and Temptations where he is faced with challenge after challenge testing his strength, courage, and conviction. He meets helpers along the way who support him in his mission. Finally, he crosses the Abyss and has a transformation, an atonement. He then returns to the Known World victorious, having conquered his dragons and demons, now a Master of Two Worlds

"The Heroine’s Journey, on the other hand, is a journey inwards and does not culminate in this [same] sort of victory [as the hero’s journey]. The Heroine’s Journey begins when she feels like something is missing, or that something could be different, or that she’s not living the life she wants to live. Her quest ends with wholeness, a balance of feminine and masculine, success and failure, darkness and light, death and life, health and illness.

As Maureen Murdock, author of The Heroine’s Journey, explains, “The hero’s journey is up and out–with a big splash–to the light, while the heroine’s journey is down and in—into the body, into the metaphorical cave, to the Black Madonna.” — Melissa Burch, Author, My Journey Through War and Peace.

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YINspiration #2: WONDER WOMAN

Recently the first major action movie with a female Super Hero by a female director hit the big screens. I saw accolades for Wonder Woman’s badassery on Facebook and so I thought, WOW this movie must be good. I was in Bali and was lucky to be invited to join a caravan of women driving to one of the few movie theaters to see it. It was a journey! 14 women and 2hrs each way.

The beginning of Wonder Woman was stunning. It was fascinating to see young Diana (Wonder Woman) growing up on Thespellis raised by Amazons. The Amazons including her Mother, Queen of the Amazons, were fiercely strong and strikingly beautiful. The majority of their time and energy was dedicated to physical training so that one day when the God of War, Aries, returned, they could protect the planet.

As the movie progressed, it became clear to me that this movie was not about Divine Feminine power. This was a man’s movie dressed up in a steel skirt and corset. A big money maker waving the false flag of female empowerment for hopeful women and girls everywhere yearning to believe or be saved.

This movie left my hurt and confused. Afterwards, I felt physically drained and abused, as if I had lived through a war. I recognize my sensitivities have become heightened but I was really shook by this experience and felt completely shut down.

I was at a loss for how this had happened and I tried to understand the true message. Was this a Trojan's horse for men to see women are just as powerful as them? Was this just a Hollywood money making hoax? Was I expecting too much?

While my experience was painful, it also inspired and propelled me even further to start Heroine's Journey. To tell real stories of real heroine's approaching life's challenges, not through extreme violence and war, fighting fire with fire but through love, healing, compassion, forgiveness in the divine feminine, Shakti, yin way. 

 Photography: Marva Merci Dixon | Koh Phangan, Thailand

Photography: Marva Merci Dixon | Koh Phangan, Thailand

YINspiration #3: QAY LIN (My Chinese Name)

On a personal note, I've always yearned for more stories about real women. Female role models I can believe in and look up to. Leaders I can see myself in and relate to. Heroine's with courageous hearts. 

When I was a child my Grandpa gave me the Chinese name Qay Lin (not sure on the spelling), which he told me meant Heroine. At the time, I was very unfamiliar with the word. It sounded more like the drug heroin than something to be proud of. It was so rarely used and I had no clue what being a Heroine meant so I never claimed the name.

It wasn't until learning more about the Hero's Journey and Joseph Campbell's work that I started to see the power of that name and the recognition that I am on my own Heroine's Journey.

That I AM the Wonder Woman I've been waiting for.

While the website is still in progress and the concept is still developing, the conception of this new project and the act of throwing down $1K to purchase the domain feels like a symbolic and mighty first step.

So stay tuned as I’ll be looking for stories from men and women alike on the Heroine's in your life!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your ongoing and limitless support on my heroine's journey.

With love and gratitude,

Kelsey Lotus Wong

 Photography: Marva Merci Dixon | Koh Phangan, Thailand

Photography: Marva Merci Dixon | Koh Phangan, Thailand