The Hero’s Journey

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The Hero’s Journey

The Separation

Initiation and TransformationThe Return


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 Journey is divided into three main phases

Separation (from the unknown)

Initiation (and transformation)

The Return

We will now break these phases into the eight steps of the Hero’s Journey


Phase 1: Separation

Step 1 - The CallInvites us into the adventureMay be a sudden traumatic changeMay be a vague sense of discontent.


The Call

Can take many forms

Something is taken from us

Something is lacking in life

Desire to restore honor

To win rights for our people


Step 2 - The Threshold

When called to adventure, we must cross the Threshold.

The Threshold is the “jumping off point”

The gateway to the unknown


Threshold Guardians

People, beings or situations that block passage

They have two functions:

Protect us from journeys we are unready for

Pointing the way



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 journey


PHASE 2- The Initiation & Transformation

Step 3- The ChallengesStep 4- The AbyssStep 5- The Transformation and RevelationStep 6- The Atonement


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.


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.


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.


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 independence


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.


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.



The Separation

The Call

The Threshold

Threshold Guardians

Helpers and mentors


Review Cont.

The Initiation

The Challenges

The Abyss

The Transformation

The Revelation

The Atonement


Review Continued

The Return

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