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8. Reversal — Whale Rider — Surrender

Paikea diligently prepared a special song for her beloved grandfather Paka, as a surprise, for a school performance. Naturally she hoped he would come, but unfortunately he didn’t show up.

When she starts to sing she notices the absence of Paka. But at the same time there’s something else happening. On a spiritual level, she’s aware of the plight of the whales washing ashore. It’s as if Paikea feels the pain and suffering of the whales.

The tears she’s shedding have a double meaning in this context. The vulnerability means a further deepening in her journey.

This scene is powerful, profound and healing.  

Universal Story
An unexpected accident or dramatic event turns the wheel of fortune. First, the heroine was the actor and now she’s become the re-actor. She loses control over the situation and must wait – passively – how the events will unfold, and will affect her and the community. Welcome to the gateway of hell.


Characteristics Reversal
• Threshold of losing control • Being moved and surrendering • Experiencing being inactive • From acting to re-acting • Dealing with adversity


Leadership Skills
• Doing by undoing • Accepting what is • Listening • Empathy • Following • Being still and waiting 
• Power of vulnerability • Open yourself up


Stillness speaks. Sometimes we need to become quiet in order to know what to do next. It’s like opening ourselves up and surrender to what is. And this certainly can be very hard for the human mind to do, because it wants to be in control.

Surrendering to what is can mean being vulnerable and standing naked. This can feel uncomfortable, but the paradox here is that one who’s willing to break open, radiates power and allows others to do the same. There’s nothing to hide. All masks are falling off.


Be curious and open. It’s day 8 of your Hero’s Journey. Now open your journal.
 
Experience your Hero's Journey again

Prologue

Call

Resistance

Mentor

Selection

Star

Grounding