The Hero’s Journey is a model derived from mythologist Joseph Campbell’s research into the great stories of the world. While he was compiling his Historical Atlas of World Mythology, Campbell realized that there was an archetypal story at work that manifested in the stories from diverse and unrelated cultures and across all time periods. Here we’ll explore the stages of the Hero’s Journey and how they relate to our own personal growth and transformation.
The Magic of Storytelling
How do you make sense of the world around you and your place in it? What challenges you to see things from a new point of view? What helps you relate to others on a deeper, more personal level?
The answer is stories.
Storytelling is a tool for processing and experiencing challenging or unfamiliar situations so we can learn how to handle them in our own lives.
They spring from what psychologist Carl Jung dubbed the collective unconscious. In Jung’s model of the psyche, he explains there is the conscious mind (ego), the unconscious mind (soul), and the collective unconscious (humanity’s shared soul).
All of humanity’s identities, also known as archetypes, reside within the collective unconscious.
This is why stories are so powerful. They are birthed from the collective unconscious that is imprinted in all of us, making it instantly and intuitively recognizable.
And when we begin to gain this much needed perspective, our black and white way of seeing the world begins to fade as we open up to the beauty and possibilities of ourselves and the world around us.