The Stages of The Hero's Journey Archetype

The Stages of The Hero’s Journey Archetype —

What draws people to the inner quest?  Many people think the spiritual quest call is a latent primal desire.  Do you hear this call?

An archetype is a template, pattern, or blueprint.  These processes often resonate with us on a primal level.  This journey or quest is a pattern that we find in both ancient and modern stories.  Come and see if it doesn’t resonate with you.

The Hero’s Journey Archetype

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: The hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” — Joseph Campbell, The Hero of a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell tells us about the archetype we encounter in many of the most popular stories. It’s the same theme over thousands of years and across cultures.  They all share the same formula. It’s a pattern we know as the Hero’s journey.  Even if you’ve never heard of it before, you’ve seen it works like The Avatar, Star Wars, and Harry Potter.

“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

We use the above quote to start every new group. It sets the tone and mission for the beginning of our spiritual quest. If you hear the call, then you are not alone. You can use it too. It has sparked the spiritual journey for many people.

It doesn’t matter where you are in your spiritual journey.  We also have virtual learning options that teach the basics of these mind-expanding processes.  Of course, our traditional face-to-face learning curriculum will be available when it is safe to do so.

The Call

Interestingly, the call to 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 story’s core elements remain the same. This story resonates with us deeply.  It resonates with our desire to seek the unknown.

Stages of The Hero’s Journey Archetype

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The Journey of the Hero is a story with a pattern involving three main phases.  You will find this pattern in many ancient traditions.  Sometimes this pattern is hidden within the narrative of religions.  We can see this pattern in the stories of Buddha and Jesus.  We see how they awaken and change through a cosmic metamorphosis.  This change gives them a mission to teach others how to create their paths.

The stages of Hero’s journey archetype revolve around three phases.  These three phases revolve, intertwine, and overlap.  We find this template in famous literature, but more importantly, we’ll see this pattern in our own lives if we look closely.

We use this universal pattern in our blended learning process.  These three steps are Awakening, transforming, and inspiring.

Knowing where we 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.

We highly recommend you use a spiritual journal.  It will be an indispensable tool and a personal coach. It helps you spot patterns of thinking and roadblocks on your path.  b Another excellent process that accompanies the journal is automatic writing or automatic handwriting.

First Step – Awakening

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The first step is to awaken—this is where we build a foundation for further development.  Here we show how to use a spiritual journal, essential mindfulness, and guided meditation (Shamanic Journey) practices.  Here, we learn and troubleshoot the primary forms of seated and moving meditation.  If we learn to identify and overcome hurdles, this becomes a problem-solving skill set we can use in every area of life.

We also use analytical tools like The Enneagram of Personality, the suite of analytical reasoning tools, and comparative analysis. 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. It’s the foundation to learn more advanced practices.  We find these types of tools in many ancient systems of self-development.

Our Awakening isn’t the goal, and it is the first step in opening our potential.  There are always higher levels of awareness that we can achieve.  So, the stages of the Hero’s journey archetype are cyclical.  Sometimes you are using all three steps simultaneously.

Second Step – Transforming

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After building a common foundation of knowledge and trust, we are ready for a weekend-long retreat.  A dedicated time gives us the appropriate space to learn and practice. Everyone helps and co-facilitates. This second step in the development process makes us partners.  Learning, sharing, and assisting others to learn is a critical phase. It starts expanding our focus from individual goals to the group and the community.

Transforming affects everyone in our circle of influence.  Separating from our routine helps us focus on the tools that make change possible.   The virtual or face-to-face retreat enables uninterrupted sequential training and practice. People describe these retreats as “an oasis.”

It’s a time to share, help others, get healing, and re-charge our spiritual and physical bodies. It provides time to ensure learning. We learn the techniques in the morning, then practice in the afternoon.  Troubleshoot and celebrate in the evening.  Our process accommodates everyone’s learning style and abilities to ensure the best outcomes.

Transformation brings its unique kind of learning and Awakening.  When we help others, we learn the techniques from a new perspective.  You can learn as much from sharing as you do from any other instruction form. Sharing is an integral part of the Hero’s Journey archetype.

The weekend or virtual learning retreat 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 knowledge.

Advances in virtual learning platforms make it easier for people to join in a collective learning experience.  We started using virtual learning technology in 2016, well before the pandemic.  So, when a weekend retreat is not possible, the online version is a safe substitute.  We dedicate this time to sharing what we practice at home.  It does not take the place of the community of the face-to-face meeting, but it is an adequate substitute.

Third Step – Inspiring

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The third step means to live in the spirit. It’s one of the main stages of the Hero’s Journey archetype.  Dr. Dyer talks about it extensively.

“Just as a candle spreads light in a darkened room, people who are living in Spirit give off a higher energy that can bring light to our hearts and minds.” ― Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

In this phase, we meet regularly to share and help others.  We continue building, sharing, receiving help, and encouraging us to overcome any personal roadblocks.

Peer-to-peer learning gives up the opportunity to allow others to help us, just as we help others.  We also reach out and partner with other like-minded people and groups. It helps us create a positive network.  We each walk our “own path” on this quest, but that doesn’t mean we are always alone.  We learn that inspiring others also helps us live in spirit.

Again, virtual groups are a good substitute for in-person meetings.  In some cases, this option is even better.  We can record sessions or have them at a variety of times.

Final Thoughts

At the foundation of the spiritual quest, you’ll find the stages of the Hero’s journey.  Answering the call sets our spiritual journey in motion.

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. If you have feedback or questions, please send us a message via the contact us link.

Does spiritual exploration interest you?  If so, we offer face-to-face and virtual learning sessions.  We use a blended learning process to get the best learning outcomes.  This approach aligns with Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey (1).

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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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