The Hero’s Journey

“In the cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek” ~ Joseph Campbell

Key Events in the Hero’s Journey

Status Quo: This is where we start

  1. Call to Adventure: An invitation to begin
  2. Assistance: Help or advice from someone older or wiser
  3. Departure: The hero goes from normal and safe and enters the adventure
  4. Trials: The hero solves a riddle, slays a monster, or does some heroic deed
  5. Approach: The hero face off against their greatest fear
  6. Crisis: The darkest hour
  7. Treasure: The hero wins and claims the reward
  8. Result: Varies between stories
  9. Return: The hero returns to the ordinary world
  10. New Life: The quest has changed the hero
  11. Resolution: All the plotlines get sorted out
  12. Status Quo: The new normal

We are all on the Hero’s Journey. When it comes to health sometimes the call to adventure is an invitation from a friend, a subtle reminder by your spouse, or a visit to the doctors with some negative test results. To go on the journey you must answer the call.

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