The Heros Journey The Separation Initiation and Transformation
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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 • Desire to restore honor • To win rights for our people
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
Helpers 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
The Initiation • The Challenges • The Abyss • The Transformation and Revelation • The Atonement
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.
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.
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
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.
The Atonement After the Transformation the hero achieves Atonement, that is he is “at one” with his new self. The “Om” the Hindu symbol of “oneness” The hero has incorporated the changes caused by the Journey and is “reborn”
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.
Review 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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