What draws people to the inner quest? Many people think the call of the spiritual quest is a latent primal desire. It’s what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Do you hear this call?
What is the Hero’s Journey?
“The hero’s journey always begins with the call. way or another, a guide must come to say, ‘Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.’ And so it starts.” — Joseph Campbell
The above quote what we use to start every new group. It sets the tone and mission for beginning the Hero’s Journey. If you hear the call then you are not alone. can use it too. It has served to spark the call in their lives. If you are just starting or re-dedicating your journey, link to our Facebook Page or Group. We also have virtual learning options that teach the basics of several mind-expanding processes. And, of course, our traditional face-to-face learning curriculum.
What is most interesting, this is a pattern, the call of the spiritual quest is the heart of many spiritual philosophies and religions. It is also one that we mirror in our blended learning process. Although the pattern takes shape using different characters across many cultures, the core elements of the story remain the same. This story resonates with us on a deep level because it describes the visionary journey of spiritual exploration.
The Hero’s Journey Steps
The Hero’s Journey is a story with a pattern involving three main phases. These phases revolve, intertwine, and overlap at times. If we look closely we’ll find this pattern in our own lives. This pattern cycles repeat over and over, again and again. We employ the three main Hero’s Journey steps in our blended learning process. These three steps are awakening, transforming and inspiring.
First Step – Awakening
In the initial awakening step, we build a foundation. This includes the use of a spiritual journal, terminology, knowledge, experience, and meditative practices. Here we provide time to learn and explore seated and moving meditative practices. We also employ the use of analytical tools like The Enneagram of Personality, the suite of logical reasoning tools and comparative analysis of belief systems.
In this phase, we identify our strengths and opportunities. We build a trusting community that facilitates sharing and helping. This is the preparation phase enabling us to “ready” to learn deeper practices.
Second Step – Transforming
The second step is transforming. After building a common foundation of knowledge and trust we are ready for a weekend-long retreat. This gives us to learn and practice. Here everyone helps and co-facilitates.
The retreat is important for several reasons. It enables uninterrupted sequential training and practice. This is the best way to ensure learning. We learn the techniques in the morning, then practice in the afternoon. Troubleshoot and celebrate in the evening. This process ensures that the techniques are learned in a way that accommodates everyone’s learning style and abilities.
The weekend gives time to emersion in deeper practice, This is something we rarely have time to do in our modern lifestyles. People describe it as “an oasis.” It’s a time to share, help others, get healing and re-charge our spiritual and physical bodies. The weekend goes by often too fast for most who want to stay and bask in the synergy and positive energy generated by so many involved in this noble aim.
Third Step – Inspiring
The third step is inspiring which means to live in spirit. In this phase, we meet to share and help others. We continue building sharing, receiving help and encouragement to help us overcome any personal roadblocks. We reach out and partner with other like-minded people and groups. This helps us follow through, develop and establish our spiritual practices and further our spiritual exploration. This is the essence of the Hero’s Journey.
The hero’s journey is the call of the spiritual quest.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, (as mentioned above) you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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