Category Archives: Hero’s Journey: Philosophy

Articles and blog posts on philosophical themes related to the Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell or Education.

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Michael Crichton Redefines Himself

After climbing Kilimanjaro…I was forced to redefine myself. Climbing the mountain was the hardest thing I had ever done, physically, in my life, but I had done it. ~ Michael Crichton ~ (Adapted from The…

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Recognizing Your Journey

  We don’t really “take” a journey: we “unfold” a journey. Our journeys evolve organically as a dialogue between ourselves and our world. We act and the world responds by giving us feedback, which opens…

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Finding your Bliss

A symbol is “like a mirror swinging out from the mind, able to look back on itself.” In the symbol, we can explore our own mythology. We can step away from our lives for a…

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Using the Journey in Life

Zen Buddhists have a saying: “The finger that points at the moon is not the moon.” The same is true for the hero’s journey. The journey is a metaphor that points us to life’s fundamental…

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Translating Campbell

Joseph Campbell was a brilliant mythologist, teacher and storyteller. Ironically, the characteristics that make his work rich and compelling are also the characteristics that can make applying it to our everyday journeys difficult. Bringing Campbell…

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Leaving the Raft

In our journeys we use many “rafts,” tools or vehicles that carry us from one point in life to the next. In the Parable of the Raft, Buddha tells us that it is foolish to…

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Making Choices

Our choices build our character In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, each juniper is unique, shaped by winter’s icy winds and heavy snows. As with the juniper, the challenges we face help shape our character. For…