The Story of YOU and your Hero’s Journey of self-discovery
The Hero’s Journey:
The hero’s journey is an ancient story pattern that you can find in texts from thousands of years ago or in newly released Hollywood blockbusters.
The story of heroism is the hero’s journey. Joseph Campbell, who studied myths, stories, religions, culture and psychological development from all over the world to find there common elements, was the first person to bring the Hero’s Journey to light in “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”. It was then brought back into the collective consciousness by Christopher Vogler in “The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers”. These two books have heavily influenced modern movies with “Star Wars”, “The Matrix”, and “The Lion King” all created with the hero’s journey as a template.
The hero’s journey, or mono-myth, is a series of broadly defined steps each hero (person) goes on; in fact, it is the story of Humankind and the journey of millions. The hero’s journey is a pattern that can be found in myths, stories, and legends from a range of cultures and time periods. So, regardless of when or where a story was written (or told), the hero has basically the same story. This applies to stories from 3,000 years ago in Greece or Italy just as effectively as a story being written in Hollywood today. Any ‘Hero’s’ story you know contains the same set of steps.
The reason the hero’s journey works is because it is found in our own lives. Just like every other hero ever written about you’re going through those same steps. You’re following the same path, the same pattern. By understanding this process and taking charge of it, you are able to ‘re-write’ the story of YOU and YOUR LIFE so as to make YOU the HERO instead of a VICTIM of life’s up’s and down’s.
I use a shortened version (5 – 7 steps) of the hero’s journey to get started with your story and your creation process. As time goes by you can add to the story and become more specific in your focus and detail.
Firstly we need to start with an understanding of your thinking in all areas of life.
I want you to write a sentence on each of the areas / words below so as to get the bigger picture of how you think in relation to area in your life. It may be better to copy past into another document as you will not only write on each word, you will go back over to correct language later and then re-write your sentences where necessary.
THE RHYTHM MAN
Favorite Music / Sounds
Harmony with all creatures
Your sense of Adventure
Who you Are
Finding Your Spirit
Here is an example of a few words from the guide above