The Hero’s Journey #3

1. Heroes are introduced in the ORDINARY WORLD, where
2. they receive the CALL TO ADVENTURE.
3. They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but
4. Are encouraged by a MENTOR to
5. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD and enter the Special World, where
6. they encounter TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES.

Our three steps for today

7. They APPROACH THE INMOST CAVE, crossing a second threshold
8. where they endure the ORDEAL
9. They take possession of their REWARD and

(Forgive me – I forgot to mention that these steps do NOT have to occur in this order. And – a person can be their own mentor.)

***STEP SEVEN They APPROACH THE INMOST CAVE, crossing a second threshold

(COWARDLY LION: There’s only one thing more I’d like you fellows to do.
TIN WOODSMAN, SCARECROW: What’s that?
COWARDLY LION: Talk me out of it!
Wizard of Oz)

A point of trouble approaches, an almost death experience. Luke Skywalker is on the Death Star and there’s talk of going to a trash compactor. Jesus approaches the temple and sees the money changers. The hero goes forward, crossing a second threshold.

***STEP EIGHT where they endure the ORDEAL

(JAMES BOND: What do you expect me to do, Goldfinger?
GOLDFINGER: Why, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.)

This is a true death experience, but the hero survives. Others compare this step to the mid-term exam. The hero is changing through these experiences. This is a crisis, not a climax. This ordeal can be defined as the moment the hero faces his greatest fear—Indiana Jones and snakes. Or it could be standing up to a parent or the death of the ego or the near death of a relationship

***STEP NINE They take possession of their REWARD and
“We came, we saw, we kicked its ass.” Ghostbusters

This is a moment of triumph. The hero has come near death and survived. It’s often a love scene and often a scene around a campfire. The hero realizes that she’s changed now – she’s faced her worst fear and lived.

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