As Mark pointed out, a lot of people refused the call before it even began and still more returned home, back to their comfort zone after encountering their dragons.
When presented an opportunity to grow, people sometimes feel unprepared or not good enough and shy back out of fear of the unknown.
Really your whole life is a Hero’s Journey, but some choose to stay in the first stage, hence “refusing the call.”
Others of us have several Hero’s Journeys. We may even reinvent ourselves each time we go through a cycle.
When you start a business you begin a hero’s journey. Things come up for you to transform, roadblocks and challenges are there to help you grow as you progress.
What Is The Hero’s Journey?
The hero’s journey was introduced by Joseph Campbell in “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” He described the basic departure, initiation, return pattern as follows:
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, claims that Campbell’s monomyth was the inspiration for his films. Lucas also believes that Star Wars is such a popular saga because it taps into a timeless story-structure which has existed for thousands of years.
Crossing Thresholds & Slaying Dragons
The Hero’s Journey is the template of mythological tales as well as modern day movies and novels where a hero, who lives in the ordinary world, receives a call or invitation to go on an adventure.
… Like Neo answering the call in the Matrix.
… Luke Skywalker in Star Wars
… Merlin in The Sword and the Stone
Next the hero is reluctant to follow the call, but is helped by a mentor.
Once the hero has committed to the quest, consciously or unconsciously, his mentor appears or becomes known. This supernatural mentor will present the hero with one or more talismans or artifacts that will aid him later in the quest.
He then leaves home (the known) and the adventure begins.
In the next stage the hero “crosses the threshold” into the unknown where he begins his quest. He faces tests and trials by fire, either alone or with the help of allies, and must fight through a gauntlet of ever increasing challenges.
If I take one more step, it will be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.
…. Sam as he leaves the familiar Shire behind him.
At every threshold there are the gatekeepers. These guardians make sure the hero is ready for the adventure to come. The guardian could be an adversary, a neutral bystander or a potential ally.
They may help with advice, test the hero’s readiness or try to stop the hero from entering altogether. The hero must heed their advice, avoid their diversions, or solve their problem.
The hero eventually reaches the climax of his adventure and must overcome the main obstacle or enemy and claim his power. He battles his dragon (faces his fears) which is really his ego and limiting beliefs.
The hero then returns to the ordinary world with his treasure. He may be chased by the guardians of the underworld or he may be reluctant to return and may be rescued or forced to return by intervention from the outside.
During the return the hero again crosses the threshold between the worlds, returning to the ordinary world with his new found power, which he may now use for the benefit of his fellow man.
The hero himself is transformed by the adventure and gains wisdom or spiritual power over both the inner and outer worlds.
Will You Answer The Call?
We each have the call inside of us. It’s that little voice that or flame that burns deep inside.
We each have a threshold to traverse and mentors, like Mark J & the MKMMA guides, along the way.
And we all have our dragons to slay.
When you slay your dragon you reclaim your personal power.
While the hero’s journey works nicely with traditional form of the quest, folk and fairy tales, myths, legends, and other fantasies, it can just as easily occur in real life.
We need to stop looking for HEROS outside of ourselves to save us and…
Become the Hero of Our Own Lives!
We’ve been given the power to CREATE our life through definite purpose, concentrated thought and inspired action.
Sometimes the story of adventure IS the treasure, as it can inspire others to answer their own call to adventure.
So the question remains…
Will you answer the call?
Create A Great Day!
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. ~ Patañjali