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1. The Eight Stages of the Epic Hero’s Journey A.K.A.
3. 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.
5. The Journey is divided into three stages and eight steps: 1. Separation (from the known)
(with guardians, helpers, and mentor)
6. 2. Initiation (and transformation) The Challenges
7. 3. The Return (to the known world)
The Return (with a gift)
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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
13. 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.
15. Threshold Guardians Often at the Threshold, we encounter people, beings, or situations which block our passage.
Threshold guardians have two functions:
16. They protect us by keeping us from taking journeys we are unready or unprepared.
18. Your Guardians Early in our lives, our parents function as our threshold guardians. As we get older, our parents’ job becomes more difficult, protecting and pushing.
19. Your Guardians As adults, our Threshold guardians are more insidious. They are our fears, doubts, and threatening behaviors.
21. Helpers provide assistance or direction
Often the bring us a divine gift which helps us through the ordeal.
22. Mentor The most important helper on the journey, the mentor keeps us focused on our goal and gives us stability.
24. 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.
25. 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
27. Tempters Try to pull us away from the path
They use fear, doubt, or distraction
They may pretend to be a friend or counselor
They always strike our greatest weakness
29. The Abyss: the greatest challenge When we reach the Abyss, we face the greatest challenge on the journey
We must surrender ourselves completely to the adventure
We must face our fear alone
31. 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
33. 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
35. 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
37. 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
39. 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