The Hero's Journey Stages & Steps

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It's only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world. Joseph Campbell. Follow your bliss, follow your passion, follow your heart. We are each and every one here for a reason, we have a purpose, we have passion, we have potential and we have power. Our journey is to embrace all of this and in so doing we save ourselves, we live fully and we save the world. We are creative beings and our purpose is regeneration. To embrace our creative potential means we face certain challenges and follow a certain path to self mastery. Is there a formula for self-mastery? You create your own "open" formula, break the rules and live by your own rules. Your adventure is one of passion to performance. The 3 stages of this hero's journey are: departure, initiation and return. The stages can be addressed using different models. The 7 step model encompasses challenges related to identity, comfort zone, mentor, gatekeepers, contrast/paradox, the ultimate boon and letting go / moving on. The larger model includes: ordinary world, call to adventure, refusing the call, exceptional aid, crossing the first threshold, belly of the whale, road of trials, embracing your passion, ego temptations, atonement with potential, nirvana, the ultimate boon, refusal of boon, magical flight, saviors to one and all, crossing the return threshold, master of two worlds, freedom to live in power. This slideshow is part of my blog and workshop series as well as one to one coaching with clients of Creative Change Coaching. No matter what you define as your goal, this is our monomyth and therefore the path we follow.

The Hero's Journey Stages & Steps

  1. 1. Inspired by Joseph CampbellThe Hero’s JourneyThe 3 Stages & Steps (enhanced) by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  2. 2. FORMULA FOR SELF-MASTERY THE HERO’S1.1. ORDINARY WORLD JOURNEY by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  3. 3. STAGE 1: DEPARTURE 1.1. ORDINARY WORLD THE ORDINARY WORLD Identity Source of discomfort / comfort Choices & habits by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  4. 4. STAGE 1: DEPARTURE 1.2. CALL TO ADVENTURE Being drawn towards and away from values, people, situations by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  5. 5. STAGE 1: DEPARTURE 1.3. REFUSING THE CALL Have an idea of changes to make, habits to break, things to let go of, realizing it’s for your own good, but… still making excuses Fear of the unknown Want guarantees by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  6. 6. STAGE 1: DEPARTURE 1.4. EXCEPTIONAL AID/ SYNCHRONICITY Meaningful co-incidences, people offering a helping hand, receiving invitations and opportunities you always wanted… by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  7. 7. STAGE 1: DEPARTURE 1.5. CROSSING THE FIRST THRESHOLD INTO THE EXCEPTIONAL WORLD Decide to take the plunge, to change one thing, to do something different, to take some initiative by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  8. 8. STAGE 1: DEPARTURE 1.6. BELLY OF THE WHALE INNERMOST CAVE New territory, start feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, perplexed Rules are being questioned by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  9. 9. STAGE 2: INITIATION 2.1. ROAD OF TRIALS TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS, mentor, allies, friends, enemies are brought into question Unexpected challenges, or so you think, gatekeepers Now that you have committed to the journey, you question and doubt your decision, encounter “hurdles” by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  10. 10. STAGE 2: INITIATION 2.2. EMBRACING YOUR PASSION CULTIVATE YOUR BLISS, PASSION & ENTHUSIASM Your best mentor and compass Passion is your path & power by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  11. 11. STAGE 2: INITIATION 2.3. EGO TEMPTATIONS EGO DESIRE AS TEMPTOR DEFINING WHAT YOU WANT by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  12. 12. STAGE 2: INITIATION 2.4. ATONEMENT WITH POTENTIAL OWNING THE POTENTIAL WITHIN IDENTIFYING WITH GREATER POTENTIAL EMBRACING PARADOX OF CHOICE by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  13. 13. STAGE 2: INITIATION 2.5. APOTHEOSIS/ NIRVANA/ ONENESS PERCEIVING CLEARLY, ALL IS ONE by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  14. 14. STAGE 2: INITIATION 2.6. ULTIMATE BOON/ MIRACLES/ INSIGHTS If a miracle happened while you were asleep, what is different? What insights and epiphanies are you receiving/experiencing? by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  15. 15. STAGE 3: RETURN 3.1. REFUSAL OF BOON The realization of potential of your insights, gifts, miracles and epiphanies is scary/intimidating May be feeling the enormity of responsibility Realizes the accepting of boon involves letting go of knowns, moving on by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  16. 16. STAGE 3: RETURN 3.2. MAGICAL FLIGHT Running away from responsibility seems inviting I didn’t signup for this… more offers than expected Do not want to return to the way things were, nor do you want to lose what you have gained by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  17. 17. STAGE 3: RETURN 3.3. SAVIORS TO SAVE ONE AND ALL Save yourself? Reminders of why you are here Reconnection to your greater purpose by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  18. 18. STAGE 3: RETURN 3.4. CROSSING THE RETURN THRESHOLD Realize you can make a difference Noticing you are making a difference Noticing where your insights can be shared by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  19. 19. STAGE 3: RETURN 3.5. MASTER OF TWO WORLDS It is possible to live fully, harmonize and integrate Can walk in 2 worlds by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist
  20. 20. STAGE 3: RETURN 3.6. FREEDOM TO LIVE IN POWER INTEGRATION & RE-INTEGRATION by Aneesah Bakker, facebook.com/createrventionist

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