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The Hero’s Journey. The Separation Initiation and Transformation The Return. Separation. The Call Invites us into the adventure May be a sudden traumatic change May be a vague sense of discontent. The Call. Can take many forms: Something is taken from us Something is lacking in life

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the hero s journey
The Hero’s Journey

The Separation

Initiation and Transformation

The Return

separation
Separation
  • The Call
    • Invites us into the adventure
    • May be a sudden traumatic change
    • May be a vague sense of discontent.
the call
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
the threshold
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
Threshold Guardians

People, beings or situations that block passage

Two functions:

  • Protect us from journeys we are unready for
  • Pointing the way
helpers
Helpers

Found at threshold

Often they bring a talisman

Most important is the mentor.

Appear throughout the journey

the initiation
The Initiation
  • The Challenges
  • The Abyss
  • The Transformation and Revelation
  • The Atonement
the challenges
The Challenges
  • Begin the journey into the unknown.
  • Can be outward into a physical unknown.
  • Can be inward to a psychological unknown.
tempters
Tempters

Try to pull us away from our path.

May pretend to be a friend or helper.

Use fear, doubt or distraction.

the abyss
The Abyss

Represents the greatest challenge in the journey.

Hero faces his greatest fear, and must face it alone.

the abyss cont
The Abyss cont.

Here the hero must “slay the dragon”

transformation
Transformation

As the hero conquers the Abyss, his transformation is complete.

Like the Phoenix

Fear must die to make way for courage, Ignorance for enlightenment, dependency for independence

the revelation
The Revelation

Asudden, dramatic change in the way the hero thinks or views life.

the atonement
The Atonement

“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 “oneness”

the return
The Return

Final stage of hisjourney: Return to everyday life.

  • Upon the return, the hero discovers his gift –
  • Become richer and stronger
  • Become a great leader
  • Become spiritually enlightened.
review
Review
  • The Separation
  • The Call
  • The Threshold
  • Threshold Guardians
  • Helpers and mentors
review cont
Review Cont.
  • The Initiation
  • The Challenges
  • The Abyss
  • The Transformation
  • The Revelation
  • The Atonement