Category Archives: Hero’s Journey

Articles and blog posts about the Hero’s Journey in general and about the journey’s stages and internal dynamics.

The Hero’s Journey: One Step at a Time

Let’s not demean ourselves, demean our dreams by pushing them off on some list of things we want to do before we die…this moment is what we have…the promise of this moment. ~ Charlie Wittmack…

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An Impulse to Something Greater

At its essence, the Call signifies death and rebirth, the death of our old self or old life and the rebirth of the new. We tend to think of the Call only as a call…

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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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Mythos and Logos

Mythic thought touches the essence of our experience: the meaning and significance of life. Myth frees us from our current horizon and opens an expanded perspective from which we can build new meaning and direction.…

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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…