Why study The Hero’s Journey? It is the pattern of human experience Every challenge we face in life is a journey It is a process of self discovery Understanding the Journey pattern can help us understand the stories we read, the movies and shows we see, and the experiences that shape our lives.
The Call: The Invitation Into The Adventure The Call: offers us the opportunity to face the unknown and gain something of physical or spiritual value may come boldly as a sudden, traumatic change or in can sneak up on us gradually
Within this range, the Call takes many forms: We have had something taken away from us, our family, or our society; our quest is to reclaim it We sense that there is something lacking in our life, and we must find what is missing
We want to save or restore honor for ourselves, our family, or our country We realize that something is not permitted to members of our society, and we must win these rights for our people
The Threshold: The Jumping Off Point The Threshold is the interface between the known and the unknown world In the known world we feel secure because we know the rules and the landscape Once into the unknown world, we enter a land filled with challenges and dangers.
The Challenges: journey into the unknown Once past the Threshold, we begin the journey into the unknown. The voyage can be outward into the physical unknown or inward to a psychological unknown.
Challenges and Temptations The early challenges are simple By meeting them successfully, we build maturity, skill, and confidence As the journey progresses, the challenges become more difficult, testing us, forcing us to change and grow
Transformation: death and rebirth As we conquer the Abyss and overcome our fears, our transformation becomes complete It is a moment of death and rebirth: a part of us dies so that a new part can be born
Revelation: changes A sudden, dramatic change in the way we view life. This change in thinking is crucial because it makes us a different person. It usually occurs during or after the Abyss, but sometimes it may lead us into the Abyss
The Atonement: “oneness” After we have been transformed, we achieve Atonement, that is we are “at-one” with our new self We have incorporated the changes caused by the journey and are “reborn” We have harmony with life and the world
The Return: Welcome Home! Return to everyday life Upon our return, we discover our gift (based on our new skill or awareness) Essence of the return is to contribute to our society It may not go smoothly
What have we learned? Journey gives you means for understanding Journey is a pattern that we follow in our own lives Our adventure opens the doors to knowledge and understanding Can help us achieve wisdom, growth, and independence