Carrying on from where we left off yesterday, I am going to give you a brief insight into The Hero’s Journey. A man called Joseph Campbell coined the term after he made the discovery that there was a certain pattern ingrained in the human psyche, which explains why many ancient stories and legends from all over the world follow a certain sequence.
The reason that we relate to these myths and legends is because The Hero’s Journey is also ingrained in us. Here is a news flash that may shock a few “new agers”. You are not supposed to be happy all the time, or free from struggle and hardship. There is no point chasing this myth as it will leave you in a flat spin.
You are the hero in your life, but no doubt you will be different archetypes to many people and sometimes you will take on multiple characters for just one person and they for you. In a nutshell, you will be given the opportunity to go on many journey’s in your life and it will be your choice whether you cross the threshold and into the adventure.
There will be a mentor to guide you, but again it is your choice whether you listen to the mentor and step into the special world or resist and stay in the ordinary world. On your journey, there will be great uncertainty, you will face your greatest fears, and overcome them if you keep going.
You will come up against antagonists, threshold guardians, tricksters, shape shifters and you will also have allies, mentors and heralds to help and guide you.
You will learn many things and attain a wisdom that you could never have received if you had stayed in your ordinary world. When you complete your journey, you will be a different person and you will have gifts, insights and wisdom to bestow onto others.
This may be very confusing to you right now, but all you have to remember is that when you receive the call to adventure, you go and you keep going.
What if you don’t go? Then you live a life of regret that gnaws away at your very soul. It was Mark Twain that said “Twenty years from now, you will regret more the things you didn’t do rather than the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Many people stay in the safe harbour, but for what? Incase they get washed up on the rocks? I would rather be washed up on the rocks while on a daring adventure, than waste away in a safe harbour. What a waste of a boat…all the work that went into crafting it. And what a waste of a life. Remember that this is life and no one gets out alive!
If you are confused but also intrigued then I recommend purchasing Joseph Campbells books,“The Hero with a thousand faces” “The Hero’s Journey” And also “The Writers Journey” by Christopher Vogler. The latter is a much easier read for the layman and the book I turn to most for guidance and inspiration.
“Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our greatest treasure”
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