The Origin of The Argonauts
The origin of the Argonauts saga lies in the legendary pre-Hellenic legacy of ancient Greece. The myth, passed on orally across many generations, tells of a motley crew of Greek superheroes – not gods but fallible human beings – who accepted the invitation of their leader Jason, and the longings of their own hearts, setting off on a courageous seafaring adventure aboard their ship, the Argo, in a quest to find the Golden Fleece in a distant land. The Golden Fleece was for them the ultimate destination, the fulfillment of their journey, the supreme object of their longings, passions, and enthusiasm. We can understand it as their WHY, the Meaning of their bold – some would say reckless – a voyage into the great unknown.
In my traumatic years after 2008, I found my fellow Argonauts crew within my Trust Circle. We called ourselves “The Honey Badgers” and shared with each other our deepest doubts and toughest challenges. For me, it occurred in my darkest days of turmoil and uncertainty. Yet this diverse group of peers – gathering monthly by Skype from New Zealand, the US, and Europe – came to be my brain and heart trust. Looking back, it becomes clear to me that without the wisdom of this group and the deep conversational process in which we engaged, I would never have reached the insight or found the strength to make the decisions that led me out of my inner darkness. They helped me slay my dragon and keep my demons at bay. Our monthly conversations and yearly retreats laid the foundation for my road to transformation and reconstruction, rediscovering my authenticity and redefining my WHY.
I felt what Swedish songwriter Fia Forsström beautifully paraphrased in her song Shedding Skins:
“Oh, the moment we stop running from the demons in our heads | And instead we choose to love them | When saying yes to life both shadow and light | Oh, our suffering is done and we come alive.”
Today, twelve years on, The Argonauts, as an organization and a worldwide network, is tackling the challenges we have been discussing here. Distinguished and energetic leaders from all around the world, from every discipline and domain, are engaged in ongoing conversations with each other, finding new and authentic meaning in their lives and forming long-lasting and meaningful relationships. Together we are impacting the world with social and financial investments. We are meeting regularly, in Circles of Trust and external forums, formulating and disseminating this disruptive, yet ultimately constructive, philosophy and methodology on the WHY level. We are empowering and encouraging our members and friends with the knowledge, the tools, and the human connection they need to accomplish something greater than themselves.