The Hero’s Journey
The hero’s journey can be found in everything from ancient mythology to modern television shows and movies. It is the rebirthing journey that we all have to make once we are ready for new cycles of life.
Great storytellers know the hero’s journey by heart, and have often lived through their own journey, that pushed them into greater awareness and the awakening of their subconscious skills and talents.
In his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell describes the 17 steps of the hero’s journey through a male lens. As women, we may have to adapt the storyline a bit to fit our own perspectives, but the storyline is identical.
Call to Adventure – A problem or threat interrupts the hero’s normal life.
Refusal of the Call – The hero is hesitant to embark on the journey and refuses the call.
Supernatural Aid – Help arrives in the form of a mentor or role model so that the hero can find the inspiration needed to start the journey.
Crossing the Threshold – The hero starts the journey.
Belly of the Whale – The hero encounters the first obstacle on the journey. This step is the end of the departure stage.
Stage 2: Initiation
Road of Trials – The hero faces trials and learns from making mistakes. The whole ordeal changes the hero at a deeper level.
Meeting With the Goddess – The hero meets allies that will help them through their trials.
Woman as Temptress – Temptation arises to try to get the hero to abandon the journey. Male narratives often use women as scapegoats, but temptation could come in many forms.
Atonement With the Father – The hero faces the ultimate test. This could be facing a villain or their own fears and doubts.
Apotheosis – Facing the ultimate test helps the hero face the rest of the journey with newfound awareness and skills.
Ultimate Boon – The hero fulfils the reason for their journey.
Stage 3: Return
Refusal of Return – After having lived through such grand adventure, the hero is reluctant to return to their mundane life.
Magic Flight – The defeated villain or fears may resurface to haunt or chase the hero.
Rescue From Without – A helper rescues and guides the hero back home.
Crossing the Return Threshold – The hero returns to their mundane world.
Master of Two Worlds – The hero needs to find balance between the extraordinary and the ordinary world.
Freedom to Live – The hero has mastered both worlds and can enjoy their mundane life due to much greater awareness.
The Rose Path can be compared to the Hero’s Journey, having to go deep within to find the true meaning of life and bringing that understanding back into the world as lived experience.
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