Writing Wednesdays

Navigating without the stars

By Steven Pressfield |

If you’ve ever studied land or celestial navigation, you know that both systems are based on reference points. From our frigate HMS Surprise off the coast of Patagonia, if we take a compass bearing on that headland off Rio Gallegos and another on the summit of Cerro Norte and scribe them both on a nautical chart, where the lines intersect is our position.

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The Shadow in the Wilderness

By Steven Pressfield |

Last week we talked about our passage “through the wilderness” being imbued with meaning, i.e. not random, not absurd, not shameful, not meaningless.

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Wilderness = Hero’s Journey

By Steven Pressfield |

Why do we view our ordeals “in the wilderness,” in hindsight, in such a positive light? Why do people make such statements as, “It made me who I am today,” or “Excruciating as it was in the moment, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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A Goddess at our Shoulder

By Steven Pressfield |

We were getting a little airy-fairy in our last post, speculating that some Unseen Cosmic Force of justice compels you and me onto our ordeals “in the wilderness.”

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Justice in the Wilderness

By Steven Pressfield |

Today I want to get to my favorite—and the most provocative—phrase in that passage from the Odyssey that we’ve been examining for the past two weeks.

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Odysseus in the Wilderness #2

By Steven Pressfield |

Let’s jump back into the Odyssey and see what else we can glean from Homer’s synopsis of his hero’s ordeal “in the wilderness.”

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Homer in the Wilderness

By Steven Pressfield |

We suggested in the last two posts that some form of “sojourn in the wilderness” seems to be necessary for the evolution of the soul. Let’s check in, then, with the seminal myth of Western Civ on this subject: Homer’s Odyssey.

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Wilderness = Exile

By Steven Pressfield |

What do we mean in this series when we say “wilderness?”

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In the Wilderness

By Steven Pressfield |

I’m thinking about my friend Gil, who served three years in prison. 

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Attention = Power

By Steven Pressfield |

I was listening to a Dan Sullivan recording about the power of ATTENTION. (Dan is one of my primary gurus for anything creative or entrepreneurial.) Dan was making the point that 

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