Discovering Treasure

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  In 1998 I hit on a goldmine in my creative work. I had been writing morning pages for over a year, and I had been working on my first book. It was a fantasy story containing lessons about the creative process. Before finishing my book I realised that I didn’t yet understand the creative process as much as I …

Entering the Void

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  When I entered ‘the void’ many years ago I thought I was going to die. I was in a very dysfunctional relationship at the time. The man I was with suffered from suicidal depression, and I’d assumed I could rescue him from himself. He kept making up stories about what was happening to him. He would believe his own …

Tests and Trials

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  Many years ago, while travelling with a friend and my 4 year old son in Tunisia, we were invited for dinner in a tent by a small group of fishermen. They were very friendly, we were tired and hungry, we appreciated the hospitality and generous invitation. It was a working tent near a small harbour, and the men were …

Departure

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  Departure, at last. The journey can begin. In a world of instant gratification we have become increasingly used to rushing straight to our goals. Our heroism is reduced to an act of will. We expect to bring home the booty via a path with a proven track record. A sprinkling of adrenaline is added to give a sense of …

Resistance to Leaving

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  In Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey the third stage is called Refusal of the Call. Campbell’s Refusal of the Call begins as follows, “Often in actual life, and not infrequently in the myths and popular tales, we encounter the dull case of the call unanswered; for it is always possible to turn the ear to other interests.” In stories representing …

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 …

Resolution, an Introduction to the Heroic Journey

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  A couple of months ago, when thinking about a title for the first article of the New Year, Resolution seemed an obvious choice. It made me realise that all of my ‘resolutions’ for 2014 had come to fruition. I was instantly filled with gratitude. When we resolve to reach a goal, the achievement is not entirely up to us. …

The Heroic Journey

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  We are excited to reveal that the Inner Journey Project has received a Call to Adventure. This means that we are going to travel through the stages of the Heroic Journey in the New Year. And you are invited to join us. In 1949 Joseph Campbell popularised the ‘Hero’s Journey’ through his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. …