When you tread the mythic path you will endure many rigors. The first is this: you can only begin where you are. The hunt for liberation starts with yourself as you are right now. This is far more challenging than it seems at first. To see yourself, really see yourself as you are can be brutal. You will need to admit at least to yourself, that you’re still afraid, still angry, still capable of inappropriate behavior, whatever it is that’s true of you. But self acceptance is the very bottom line. You have to accept the shape you’re in. Only then can you grow, heal and become transformed. You must not blame, judge, hate, ignore or in any way reject yourself. These things result in staying put in your weakness, your limitation, and your pain.On the mythic path, it’s likely that your first task will be to treat yourself with compassion. No “don’t be stupid.” No “why are you such an idiot?” No “don’t be such a baby.” And above all no “other people have it way worse than you.” Developing the ability to respond with compassion to your own insecurity could take a long time. You need to be prepared for that, and willing to do it because until you do you won’t grow. You can yourself be the worst, angriest, most negative nay sayer you will encounter. You can yourself be the greatest danger you will face. But on this journey you cannot afford to make an enemy of yourself. And unless you practice the art of self love and compassion, you will.