Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Who’s a hero?

After studying the myths and stories of cultures across the world and through the ages, Joseph Campbell concluded that no matter which culture and what era, the human race shares similar ideas about what is a hero and what heroes go through in their lives.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

By Campbell’s definition a hero is an everyday person who acts beyond her duty to help or save others. We all can be true heroes, if we make the choice.

We accept our Calling, cross the threshold, meet our mentors, face the ordeal, are transformed by it, receive the reward, and return to uplift our community.

The Hero’s Journey is not about drama and fury but love, joy, strength and compassion.

A non-hero is preoccupied with questions of identity, self esteem and self image.

      Who am I? How do I feel?

      How do I look to others? What must I do to look better to others?

A hero who has embarked on his Hero’s Journey to give his life to something bigger than himself, asks – How do others see themselves? What can I do to help them see their best self?

The hero identifies his special gifts, develops them to the genius level, and applies them as the Elixir for his community’s service.

The Hero’s Journey requires a healthy balance of self development and developing others.

A hero who tries to help others without first developing himself will soon find that his enterprise lacks substance and is of little effect.

Everyone wants to be a hero, to hear their own stories. Many are called, but few answered.

What will you do about that?

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