In drafting a post on the S/Heros Journey, I searched previous posts to find where I had already written about it. To my surprise, there weren’t any. I could have sworn I had written a whole post dedicated to it, but all I found was a post back in April 2011 what mentioned it briefly.
Strange. It’s been my running theme for this year and a theme that I’ve referenced back to repeatedly.
So, before I finish my original post on the topic, I’d like to dedicate this post to The S/Heros Journey.
It is a journey that has been made throughout indigenous cultures and heard in fairy tales and on the big screen. The basic concept is that of needing to leave your “tribe” to find yourself, slay that which gets in your way, and return home a more integrated person. The journey continues upon return as the S/Hero grows into walking in both the inner and outer worlds in balance and peace.
The stages of the S/Heros Journey are as follows:
- The Call to Adventure
- Refusal of the Call
- Supernatural Aid
- The Crossing of the First Threshold
- The Belly of the Whale
- The Road of Trials
- The Meeting with the Goddess
- Woman as the Temptress
- Atonement with the Father
- The Ultimate Boon
- Refusal of the Return
- The Magic Flight
- Rescue from Without
- The Crossing of the Return Threshold
- Master of the Two Worlds
- Freedom to Live
For more details on the individual stages, please visit: “Heros Journey: Summary of Steps”