Refusal of the Gifts

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  This stage of the Heroic Journey is probably the most confusing one of all. Having come this far – after negotiating Threshold Guardians, fighting fierce battles, and discovering treasure – why would any heroine or hero in their right mind refuse the gift? Here are three possible answers: – The return to the Ordinary World seems too daunting. – …

The Call to Adventure

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  The first move towards the Heroic Journey happens when the main protagonist of the story receives a Call to Adventure. In the narrative of mythology the sequence varies dependent on the gender of the main character. Even the starting conditions are different. The heroine’s Ordinary World is often the illusion of a perfect world, while the hero’s journey usually …

The Language of Feeling

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  Sadness, excitement, anger, pleasure, irritation, fear, anxiety, apprehension, indifference, joy, despair, helplessness, panic, serenity – these are some of the expressions of the Language of Feeling. We call them emotions – they are feelings charged with information. The Language of Feeling is perhaps the most difficult one of the inner Languages to understand – not because it is inherently …