“The two most important days in your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why” – Mark Twain

MAP = TN + EQ + NG – PR + MN In James Hillman’s book The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling, Hillman introduces the idea that we are all born with a unique, formed soul already within us – a soul that shapes us as much as it is shaped by external factors and circumstances. It is the idea that we are in some way destined towards our own uniqueness that is our ‘calling’. Hillman’s explanation of this idea is best illustrated by the infamous acorn myth. The acorn myth describes a model of human growth, stating that we grow down instead of growing up. As Hillman says “The acorn myth is a worldwide myth that says that the roots of the soul are in the heavens, and the human grows downward into life. A little child enters the world as a stranger, and brings a special gift into the world. The task of life is to grow down into this world.” The wisdom in the acorn theory is that our soul’s essence is found within our own unique acorn, which we are born with; And through the maturing process, this acorn is grounded into the Earth and fed by our intentions, attention, state of being, and actions to allow our soul’s essence to be expressed within our life. Sadly enough, Hillman’s acorn myth and the idea of a ‘calling’ towards our destiny are commonly rejected in our culture. Many do not see past the overly simplistic nature-nurture theory that says that we are endowed with genes at birth and are influenced by our sociocultural environment. This very rejection of our soul’s destiny is the source of much misery, leaving some to a fate of purposelessness and meaninglessness in their life. “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when YOU are the answer.” – Joseph Campbell