This course is a step-by-step process, where you will be introduced to the mythological template for transformation. It’s an ancient template that is found in every major spiritual path globally. We will start with a complete review of the mono-myth and then dive into each archetype that supports the journey. This course is specifically focused on men’s work, connecting the energetic forces of nature into our everyday relationships, with self and others that we are in relationship to.
If you decide to enroll in this course, be aware you will be challenged. This course will help you to see how your life reflects the life of our hero, who ventures forth from the world of common day affairs into a region of dragons, supernatural wonders, and forces that can be his downfall. We look at how your life can be a challenge, where you can win a decisive victory (perhaps daily) and come back from mysterious and new adventures with the power to bestow boons of wisdom and compassion on your fellow friends, family, and others.
The Hero’s Journey has been written about for centuries. Most notably, Joseph Campbell, a curious mythologist, brought it to fame during his interviews with Bill Moyers. In the field of comparative mythology, most scholars invested their time exploring how one culture’s myths were different than another. Campbell, however, saw things differently. Instead of focusing on the many differences between cultural myths and religious stories, he looked for the similarities. And his studies resulted in what’s called the monomyth – an illustration is provided below, which brings the heroes into the journey. This is when life opens us to challenges, with a renewed appreciation of the gifts we’ve given.
This course covers the complete meaning of The Hero’s Journey as outlined in our diagram below:
We will look at both the Light & Shadow aspects of the King, the source of order, or the kingdom’s disruption. If he is a wise and just king, the kingdom prospers; people eat well and are safe from harm.
We will investigate the role of the Magician, who is the wise man, the sage, the knower of secrets. Yet there is a dark side to him and the shadow aspect which allows him to navigate the inner worlds, dynamics of energy, ﬂow, and the interconnection to the world of material, form, and matter.
We will review the Warrior, who, at his best, is a powerhouse of energy, the source of which is a transpersonal commitment. He is extremely loyal to his warrior code – which is his honor – and to the king, who, in mythology, represents his purpose. At his worse, he is a sadist and bloodthirsty, without a cause and no honor, who takes no prisoners and shows no mercy.
Finally, we look at the Lover’s role, who is so well attuned to the realm of the senses and worships beauty. He is a musician, poet and artist, and a lover of all things, both inner and outer. In his shadow, the Lover so attuned suffers from the shadows of anger, regret, childish feelings of attraction, and selfish rage.