Yes, yes I do. I’m Drew Jacob. I’m a polytheist priest, an adventurer, and a strong believer in doing whatever it takes to improve myself – even when it means learning something new or trying something difficult.
I’m at a fun crossroads in my life right now, because I’ve established myself in my career. (I work in nonprofits, which at present means an art museum, a polytheist temple and a few local community efforts.) But now I find myself looking at the big wide world and wondering…. what more can I do?
This blog is partly my answer to that question. Or rather, it’s the drawing board, the beta if you will, where I will draft the next big adventure.
My goal is to travel the world, learn as much about myself as I can, and help people in any way I can. Right now I am in the planning stages of that goal – how to make sure I’ll have the income for location independence, and how to make sure I’ll have the preparation to make this adventure everything I want it to be. Because as I travel into third world countries, into areas that may be impoverished or politically unstable, my goal is to do more than just get by. To be more than a visitor or an NGO worker. I want to truly meet people along the way, to work beside them and live with them, to look into their eyes and meet the gods we carry with us.
Ah, the gods. As I immerse myself in the self-improvement blogging community, one thing I find over and over is a skepticism toward spirituality and the spiritual path. Understandably, many people are put off by mainstream religions like Christianity, and the message of a faith-based way of life is increasingly irrelevant to the 21st century. Yep, I’m a priest… and I just said that.
However, I feel that spirituality is a much deeper thing than religion and has very little to do with faith. And at its core, it is entirely about self-improvement. The spiritual path is a path of learning, about the world and about the self, which often means questioning the religious teachings (or other ideas) we were raised with.
Which brings us back to the gods. In myth, they loom as imposing figures, sometimes serving as paragons of virtue and other times engaging in adultery, petty squabbles, war and murder. Yet even in the Classical period the myths were treated as metaphors, not literal truth. The gods, at the very least, represent traits we face everyday; forces of nature, forces of human society, and lessons about the world. Are there invisible, mighty spirits animating these forces? Perhaps. Many people seem to sense such beings during spiritual experiences. But in my way of thinking…
That’s not the point.
I believe in what I’ll call the Heroic Path: the idea that the highest goal in life is to live gloriously, to distinguish myself through my deeds, to be clever and brave and become known for it – to use the moments of my life to leave a lasting and worthy impression on the world. In the Heroic Path it’s not terribly important whether there is an afterlife, whether gods watch what I do, whether prayers are answered. Instead, I try my best to answer my own prayers. And when I die, if there is nothing more, I’ll have lived a life so exciting and worthwhile that I’ll have no regrets.
That’s my spirituality. Live in the present moment and rock it. Do the best you can (for yourself and for others) and leap boldly into each challenge. On the Heroic Path, there is no fear of death. Only a love of life.
So as I gear up to throw myself fully into that path, I’ll share my discoveries here. Expect thoughts on how to live bravely, bits of interesting research I come across, and insight into each new planning step in gearing up for my big adventure – readying the chariot, so to speak. If it’s of interest, keep reading. If it’s really of interest, comment or catch up with me on Facebook and Twitter. Life is not a road, it’s an endless branching network of roads, and traveling companions are always welcome.
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