On the hero’s journey // Joseph Campbell

On the hero’s journey // Joseph Campbell

“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 here.” And so it starts….

The call is to leave a certain social situation, move into your loneliness and find the jewel, the center that’s impossible to find when you’re socially engaged. You are thrown off-center, and when you feel off-center, it’s time to go. This is the departure when the hero feels something has been lost and goes to find it. You are to cross the threshold into new life. It’s a dangerous adventure, because you are moving out of the sphere of the knowledge of you and the community….

If what you are following….is your own true adventure, if it is something appropriate to your deep spiritual need or readiness, then magical guides will appear to help you….And you must have courage. It’s the call to adventure, which means there is no security, no rules….

The deeper you go, and the closer you get to the final realisation, the heavier the resistance. You are coming down to those areas there the ones that are repressed, and it’s that repression system that you have to pass through. And there, of course, is where magical aid is most required. The hero may here discover for the first time that there is everywhere a benign power supporting him in his superhuman passage.”

— Joseph Campbell (“A Joseph Campbell Companion”)

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