The Hero’s Journey
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The Hero’s Journey
Initiation and TransformationThe ReturnSlide2
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.Slide3
The Journey is divided into three main phases
Separation (from the unknown)
Initiation (and transformation)
We will now break these phases into the eight steps of the Hero’s JourneySlide4
Phase 1: Separation
Step 1 - The CallInvites us into the adventureMay be a sudden traumatic changeMay be a vague sense of discontent.Slide5
Can take many forms
Something is taken from us
Something is lacking in life
Desire to restore honor
To win rights for our peopleSlide6
Step 2 - The Threshold
When called to adventure, we must cross the Threshold.
The Threshold is the “jumping off point”
The gateway to the unknownSlide7
People, beings or situations that block passage
They have two functions:
Protect us from journeys we are unready for
Pointing the waySlide8
At the threshold, we will encounter helpers.
Often they bring a talisman to help us through the ordeal.The most important of these helpers is the mentor.Helpers and guides appear throughout the journeySlide9
PHASE 2- The Initiation & Transformation
Step 3- The ChallengesStep 4- The AbyssStep 5- The Transformation and RevelationStep 6- The AtonementSlide10
STEP 3 - The Challenges
Once past the Threshold, we begin the journey into the unknown.
The journey can be outward into a physical unknown.
The journey can be inward to a psychological unknown
Tempters try to pull us away from our path.
They may pretend to be a friend or helper.
They use fear, doubt or distraction.Slide12
STEP 4- The Abyss
The Abyss represents the greatest challenge in the journey.
In the Abyss the hero faces his greatest fear, and must face it alone.Slide13
The Abyss cont.
Here the hero must “slay the dragon,” which often takes the shape of something he dreads, or has repressed, or needs to resolve.Slide14
STEP 5 - Transformation
As the hero conquers the Abyss, his transformation is complete.
Like the Phoenix, a part of the hero must die so that a new part can be reborn.
Fear must die to make way for courage, Ignorance for enlightenment, dependency for independenceSlide15
STEP 6 - The Revelation
Part of the Transformation is a Revelation, a sudden, dramatic change in the way the hero thinks or views life.
This change makes him truly a different person.Slide16
STEP 7 - The Atonement
After the Transformation the hero achieves Atonement, that he is “at one” with his new self.
The hero has incorporated the changes caused by the Journey and is “reborn”
The “Om” the Hindu symbol of
STEP 8 - The Return
After Transformation and Atonement, the hero faces the final stage of his journey: The Return to everyday life.
Upon the return, the hero discovers his gift –
Become richer and stronger
Become a great leader
Become spiritually enlightened.Slide18
Helpers and mentorsSlide19