The Hero’s Journey— Your Journey Nancy Goodman, MSEd, LPCVocatus—”rethink what you know about life and work” 208-406-3234, email@example.com http://vocatusidaho.blogspot.com
Who has ever…• Experienced an unexpected life change— job loss, divorce, illness, and so on• Resisted change• Married, had a child, started a new job, relocated• Had to make a terrifying decision• Embraced a new challenge• Dreamed of pursuing a long-held passion• Longed to live life authentically; on your own terms
Dust off your suit of armor and… WELCOME TO YOUR HERO’S ADVENTURE!!
Your Tour Guide—Joseph Campbell• Sarah Lawrence College• Mythology and Comparative Religion• George Lucas and Star Wars• Carl Jung• “Follow Your Bliss”• Power of Myth with Bill Moyers—featured on Gilmore Girls episode• The Hero With a Thousand Faces• www.jcf.org
The Hero as Metaphor• Stories of Mythology and Religion have common themes, characters, and outcomes• The adventure of the hero is ultimately psychological• Change in worldview as a result of the adventure• The hero is us
Types of Heroes• Physical Types of• Spiritual Adventures• • In the v Willing illage • Cast ou t of t h e• Hero-in-training village • Rite of• Reluctant Passage –Serendipitous
The Serendipitous Hero• The “Magic” of Life• When the student is ready, the teacher/lesson appears• Adventure evokes aspects of character that have been dormant – Courage, creativity, brilliance, spirit, self- reliance…• “You might not get that which you seek…”
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The World of Common Day• Our comfort zone• Our not-so- comfortable zone• things are predictable and known• Established set of “rules”• Some people spend life in this world, unless…
The Call to Adventure• Event or circumstance that shatters status quo – Divorce, job loss, act of God, any transition• Urges toward a more authentic life – Vocation, avocation – Big calls, small calls
Refusal of the Call• The voice of NO• The “yeahbuts”• Fueled by fear, uncertainty, lack of self-trust and confidence• Occurs at beginning and throughout adventure
Threshold Crossing• Ready or not, there you are• Transition between known and unknown worlds• Meet allies, gather resources• First day of class, parent orientation, grad school!
Road of Trials…and Revelations• Challenges elicit hidden strengths• Getting lost, dead-ends, receiving help, improving skills• developing new mindset• Ups and downs
The Abyss “It is by going into the abyss that you discover the treasure of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” –Joseph Campbell• The darkest times, but ultimately the most enlightening times• Exhaustion, hopelessness, fear, uncertainty• Patience and Ego battles• Question purpose, self-doubt, feel alone• “Hanging by a thread”
“Slaying the Dragon”• Dragons are internal• The bound ego• Epiphanies, insight, self- awareness, taking risk, conquering fears, challenging old ideas• Surrendering, acceptance, patience, restoration of faith• Neutralizing negative feelings, “letting go”
The Return• Return with boon to share with those around you• How will you be received?• New center, new “home state,” new way-of-being• What will this adventure have taught you for the next one?
The Journey is…• Spiritual• Psychological• Social• Transformative• Cyclical• Catalyst for positive growth Thank You!