The Hero’s Journey

In his interviews with Bill Moyers, Joseph Campbell brought to public awareness that through the myths and stories of all people across time and place, there is a theme of the heroic journey that is the myth of our own lives that we live out.

In a nutshell, ‘normal’ existence is interrupted with seemingly catastrophic circumstances that allow for an initiation into a higher state of consciousness. Along the way we are gifted by mentors and tested by threshold guardians who provide opportunities to discover what we have learned. The over-riding hero’s journey describes the course of a lifetime; at the same time, we constantly cycle through mini journeys of the same kind in the course of our relational, vocational and creative pursuits.

Nothing stays the same, nothing is as it appears on the surface. There is light at the end of the tunnel as we move forwards in fits and starts, sometimes gliding, sometimes stumbling, constantly evolving, growing and becoming.