Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, writer, and lecturer, once said: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
Campbell was a thinker who was curious about all aspects of human existence and was known for creating and living by the philosophy “find your bliss.” Yet many people are afraid to follow their passions because it’s often a riskier path or they’re not quite sure what sure what it is.
Clifford N. Lazarus, a licensed psychologist and clinical director of The Lazarus Institute, wrote in Psychology Today that fears “do nothing but create huge and unnecessary barriers that block us from moving forward in life or simply from feeling better about ourselves” and that the only way to shake a fear is exposure.
So face your fear in order to find your bliss by taking our quiz. Much like our other quizzes in which you select a gemstone you’re intrigued by to figure out something deeper about yourself, in this one-step test, simply choose the entrance that frightens you the most in order to discover what your soul truly yearns for…
Please let tell everyone you know if your results are as accurate as mine are.
Which of these entrances scares you the most? Pick a number and keep scrolling to find out more.
Entrance Number One
If you fear to enter the ice cave, it may be because you are looking for emotional warmth. You are most likely terrified of feelings of loneliness, unhappiness, or frustration.
Yet, fearing this entrance is actually a positive thing. Most likely you’re in a good place in your life; you accept and know exactly who you are and don’t feel like there’s anything “wrong” with you.
The treasure you seek if you enter this cave is love. If you are single, the sense of self-harmony you have makes you ripe for a romantic relationship. Being that you’re in a good place confidence-wise, you will easily attract someone likeminded. You probably feel like you don’t need a relationship to feel happy, you want one to make you even happier.
If you are already a loving relationship, you are seeking love elsewhere, perhaps from a family member, friend, or, maybe, it’s time for you to visit a local shelter and find yourself a new furry friend.
Entrance Number Two
If this creepy tunnel gives you goosebumps, it indicates that you need to go on an emotional journey.
Murky or dirty water, like the kind seen trickling into this entrance, typically symbolizes that your thought process is clouded and needs some sort of cleansing. Muddy water is not a good symbol. It suggests that you need to remove all the heaviness in your life in order to see clearly.
If you chose this entrance, the treasure you seek is self-confidence in order to examine how you are truly feeling. You need to express your feelings verbally in order to resolve your problems and depending on the situation, this may be a difficult thing to do.
But it will be worth it because going through this process will ultimately result in a positive outcome. Keep in mind that there is always a light at the end of a tunnel.
Entrance Number Three
If you’re afraid to enter this eerie abandoned building, most likely you’re a very strong, intelligent, and analytical person. You see life for what it is and live by a high set of values and expect the same from those around you.
Bricks, like the ones seen the above picture, symbolize putting up walls emotionally and spiritually, however. Perhaps your high standards make others feel like they can’t open up to you and be vulnerable — and vice versa.
Upon deeper inspection, though, the bricks surrounding this particular entrance are crumbling and falling off, revealing that you do long to break down these barriers and open yourself up.
The treasure you seek is emotional or spiritual fulfillment. You yearn to connect with someone, or something, on a level so deep that it can’t be intellectually articulated, rather it’s something that is simply felt. Like the grass growing up through the cracks in the rubble above, if you reach a higher level of emotional and spiritual understanding, you will finally feel whole.
Entrance Number Four
Does this spooky abandoned house look like the beginning of a really bad dream to you? If so, that’s because this image is quite literally your worst nightmare.
Home is where the heart is and most likely, you’ve got a whole lot of love to give. You are generous, bold, and very devoted. You want to protect the ones you adore and give them everything they will ever need. A crumbling house is a failure to do just that.
One step inside and you’ll see things that will break your heart you like decaying furniture, peeling walls, and discarded memories. Yet, if you dig deeper, you may find a buried treasure hidden among the debris like a valuable heirloom, rare coins, or something that can be exchanged for material gain and provide you, and those you love, with security.
What you seek is wealth. Yet in order to obtain wealth, you need to work hard for, invest, and save your pennies, and you need to start doing that now. You may want to give the people around you everything that you have materially, but back off a bit. Instead give them all you have emotionally and save your money. They’ll thank you in the long run.
Entrance Number Five
Peering down into a well is terrifying. It’s hard to tell what’s down there, how you’ll get out, or what you’ll do.
Not only is being stuck in a well scary, but it’s a terribly boring situation. You’re stuck there, waiting around, until you hear someone and can call for help. Some people would love this situation, as it gives them time to sit with their thoughts and become better acquainted with their selves, but you’re not that kind of person. You know yourself. You’re confident and you enjoy being gregarious.
If you are petrified of the well, then the treasure you seek is an adventure. You want to be out, exploring the world, and enjoying life.
If you ever find yourself in a stifling situation, in which you feel like you can’t breathe, break free. Get out, travel, and act on a whim every now again. The sooner you allow your true nature to break free, the happier you’ll be. Plus, you’ll have tons of interesting stories to share with all the people you love to be around.
Entrance Number Six
Does this rabbit hole startle you? That’s because of your afraid of what you may find.
You may be the kind of person who feels great comfort in the familiar, yet you may be unsure of what you want out of life. The underground symbolizes the parts of ourselves that are longing to be unearthed. It’s time for you to get rooted to the idea of exploring what it is you truly long for and seeing what sprouts.
The treasure you seek is life meaning. You need to take a page from the title character of Alice in Wonderland and engage your curiosity. You may encounter things you find strange or bothersome once you allow yourself to tumble down the rabbit hole, but knowing how you feel about these things is allowing yourself to get one step closer to the thing that will truly make you happy.
If you need a little help getting started, try this exercise that’s just as zany as Wonderland: Take a piece of paper and write “What is my true purpose in life?” and then write down the first thing that pops into your mind, even if it doesn’t make sense. Do this again and again until you find one that feels right.
Entrance Number Seven
If these descending stairs make you shudder, it’s because you have a very potent fear.
If you fear this entrance, you have a hunger for life and indulge in its many fruits. But you may have a tendency to occasionally go overboard.
Going down, like these descending stairs, into an unknown place is very symbolic of being buried. Plus the steps are littered with fallen leaves that signify a new season, or phase. If this entrance scares you, you are, quite literally, afraid of death and what happens afterward.
The treasure lurking beyond this entrance is good health. You need to take care of yourself, inward and outward, in order to stay alive as long as possible. In order to do this, you don’t have to drastically change your lifestyle either, but incorporating a few more veggies into your meals, cutting out a bad habit, or going for a 10-minute walk every day can do wonders for your physical and mental health. It will also help you better appreciate life, which you so obviously cherish.
Entrance Number Eight
If you fear this heavy, blue door surrounded by stones, it’s for good reason.
The door is a very vibrant blue, a color that symbolizes the color of the sky and sea, which you leave behind once you enter this dark space. It is also a color that is often associated with stability, two personality traits you have in spades. Due to your consistencies, you are very productive and you get a lot accomplished, which gifts you with a great feeling of pride.
Yet, the moss on the stones signifies a long length of time in a cold place, and this door just happens to lead to an abandoned prison, somewhere you never, ever want to end up, especially since you consider yourself to be a good and hardworking person who rarely takes short cuts.
Yet, the strict values that you upkeep in order can sometimes be difficult to attain.
Wouldn’t it be nice to just take a break?
The treasure you seek inside this prison of regimen is a comfort.
Comfort makes us feel safe and secure. It also allows us to calm down and unwind, that way we don’t randomly snap, do something we regret, and end up somewhere where we don’t want to be.
So kick off your shoes and indulge in little r&r. It may seem like a waste of time at first, but after a while, like all the tasks you are dedicated to, it will pay off.
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