The Hero's Journey 1
-- Lorenzo Gramlich, November 4th, 2015
What I love most about Joseph Campbell’s work is that when I am following my own Hero’s Journey I feel more alive, enthusiastic, fulfilled, and worthy than I have ever felt before. My life is guided and nurtured by my Life Purpose, and I wake up in the morning looking forward to my day and what will be revealed on my Path.
Mr. Campbell created a “map” of the Human Journey that is a clear, simple, and understandable portrayal of what it takes to successfully maneuver the trials and tribulations of our human journey, so that we can live our lives to the fullest.
Mr. Campbell didn’t create a belief system, or a new human growth seminar. What he did was make it his life study to explore the Mythologies of myriad cultures throughout the world and through human history, and in doing so he discovered a common link among them all that he calls the “Monomyth” that shows up in the myths of all of these cultures over and over again. They all relate to what it is and what it takes to thrive in our own human experience, no matter where we live, what culture we are raised in, or when in history we happen to be living.
As Mr. Campbell told Bill Moyers in the PBS interview way
back in the mid 80’s, “We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the
heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known . . . . we have only to follow the
thread of the hero path.” When I heard him say those words my heart took a deep sigh of gratitude and
appreciation. I didn’t have to figure
this journey out all by myself. All I had to do is
look at the innumerable stories of the journey that are in the movies, the
stories, the novels, the myths of all time and listen to them as a guide to my own
life, my own journey. (The full interview is available for your viewing delight at the bottom of this page.)
As a matter of fact I just watched one my favorite movies for about the fifth time last night. “The Legend of Bagger Vance” described in perfect detail the stage my Journey was in and the path that I am on. It revealed my frustration with my self imposed stagnation that I am currently stuck in and the way to get through it. “The labyrinth is thoroughly known . . . . we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.”So once again I step back into my Hero’s Journey and stop watching the days come and go as they will. I’m back on My Path and creating the life I love day after day. Why? Because I love how I feel when I’m on My Path, I love to watch the miracles of living my life fully show up, and I love who I am when I’m living this Human Experience fully.
from Joseph Campbell – "The Hero’s Journey":
“The Shadow can represent our darkest desires, our untapped resources, or even rejected qualities. It can also symbolize our greatest fears and phobias. Shadows may not be all bad, and may reveal admirable, even redeeming qualities. The Hero’s enemies and villains often wear the Shadow mask. This physical force is determined to destroy the Hero and his cause.
"Now, the society will give you a role to play, and this means that you've got to cut out of your life many of the things that you, as a person, might think or do. These potentials get shunted down into the unconscious. Your society tells you, "You should do this, you should do that"; but it also says, "You mustn't do this, you mustn't do the other thing." Those things you'd like to do, which are really not very nice things to want to do, those get placed down in the unconscious, too. This is the center of the personal unconscious. ”
I invite you to explore what Mr. Campbell offers us regarding the Hero's and Heroine's Journey and the openings and possibilities that it offers as we live our own Human Experience. click here.
I offer you this as one of the best gifts that I can offer.
To continue exploring the Hero's and Heroine's Journey you can start at the beginning of "Heart of Gold" by clicking here.
Here is the full PBS interview of Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers: