"Oprah & Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth" Chapter 6 guest Danielle McCormick holding Irish flag on snowy mountaintop

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Danielle Provided This Update:
I love the way Joseph Campbell describes the path to enlightenment as the hero's journey. Our purpose here is to learn to overcome the world of form and to live connected to the divine, or the now as Eckhart calls it, which is a way of living that is 180 degrees in the opposite direction of the current state of consciousness that predominates our world today.

While we all think the hero is someone else outside our group, the hero's journey is actually one we must all take. Once the hero has defeated the big dragon, which Campbell says is just symbolism for the mighty feat that is required to overcome the world of ego, they return to the village a changed person, and this inspires other people to start on their own spiritual paths.

When I spoke with Eckhart, I knew what he was saying was profound, but I was scared to take the plunge and fully hand over the reins of my life and move fully away from the world of form. I felt attached to my friends but felt like no matter how sparkly and exciting my world was on the outside, it didn't make me feel content on the inside. I wanted to walk away, but it felt lonely going on this journey alone, and I really wished that someone would come with me—but this is a journey we must all take alone.

We get scared because we can't see into the future and fear that our situation will be worse, but Oprah assured me that new people and situations would manifest, and that's exactly what happened.

At the time, I was living in Ireland, but today I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it feels like home, and I am surrounded by people who are all on the spiritual path. I am still on my spiritual journey, and I still do get sucked into the world of ego and form, but I know that when I do hand things over to the divine, things unfold in magical ways I couldn't have even imagined.