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The Hero’s Journey or The Rite of Passage
What is a hero, exactly? According to the dictionary, a hero is a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. A hero’s journey takes place when such a character embarks on a trip or journey, both physical and spiritual.
The Hero’s Journey or The Rite of Passage The hero is separated from his/her familiar world, undergoes initiation and transformation, and then returns to his/her familiar world.
The Hero’s Journey or The Rite of Passage The journey is usually divided into seven stages.
The Call is the event that starts the whole journey. The hero may be hesitant to answer the call, but there is eventually a form of motivation for the hero to answer the Call. The Call can take many forms: the hero may have something taken away, find that something is lacking in their life, want to restore honor to their family, country, etc.
The Threshold is the “jumping off point” for the adventure. The hero often encounters people who block his/her passage over the threshold. These are known as guardians, helpers, or mentors. Threshold guardians have two purposes: to protect the hero from taking a journey he/she is unprepared for and to point the way once the hero is prepared. Often the hero gains a talisman at the threshold.
On every journey, there are challenges the hero must face. These challenges progress in difficulty, forcing the hero to face both emotional and physical danger. By meeting these challenges successfully the hero builds maturity, skill, and confidence. One of the greatest challenges is to recognize “tempters,” those who use fear, doubt, or distraction to pull the hero away from the path.
When the hero reaches the abyss, he/she faces the greatest challenge of the journey—the hero realizes they must surrender completely to the journey and face his/her greatest fear alone. This is called the ‘revelation.’
Transformation and Revelation
As the hero conquers the Abyss, overcoming his/her fears, the hero’s transformation becomes complete. The final step is a moment of death and rebirth: a part of the hero must die so that a new part can be born. Fear dies to make way for courage, ignorance dies for enlightenment, etc.
After the hero has been transformed, he/she achieves atonement. Atonement means incorporating the changes caused by the journey into the hero’s life, causing him/her to be completely “reborn” and at harmony with life and the world.
The hero now faces the final stage of his/her journey: the return to everyday life.
The Gift Usually, upon return, the hero discovers a gift that has been bestowed upon him/her in order to better contribute to society.