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 steps. Do you hear this call?
The Hero’s Journey
The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One 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 steps. 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. The Hero’s journey steps revolve around three phases. These three phases revolve, intertwine, and overlap. If we look closely, we’ll find this pattern in our own lives. Knowing where you are in this process is helpful. It’s a way of pinpointing the right actions to get you to the next phase in the cycle. This pattern cycles repeat over and over, again and again. If you use a spiritual journal, you’ll find this pattern etched in the history of your life.
We employ this 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, basic mindfulness and guided meditation (Shamanic Journey) practices. Here is where we learn and troubleshoot the basic forms of seated and moving meditation. Learning to identify and overcome hurdles is a problem-solving skill set that we will use throughout our practice.
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.
These processes are inspiring and transformational in their own right, but they are only the foundation. These are tools that we will use throughout our journey.
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. This foundational phase is one you find in many ancient systems.
Second Step – 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. This second step in the development process is one the makes us partners. Learning, sharing, and helping others learn is an important phase. It starts the expansion of our focus from individual goals to the group and then the community.
Transforming is the second step in the process that teaches us many valuable lessons. 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. Transforming doesn’t stop with the weekend. It continues with us in our practice of sharing the knowledge.
When a weekend retreat is not possible we go online. We dedicate the weekend to sharing practice. It does not duplicate the community of the face-to-face meeting but it is a way to increase learning.
Third Step – Inspiring
The third step is inspiring, which means to live in the spirit. This is one of the main goals of the Hero’s Journey.
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.
At the foundation of the spiritual quest, you’ll find the hero’s journey steps. Answering the call sets our spiritual journey in motion.
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Does spiritual exploration interest you? If so, we offer both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. We use a blended learning process to get the best learning outcomes. This blended approach aligns with what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey.
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia