|Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)|
After studying stories from across the world and through the ages, Campbell found that all stories are expressions of the same story-pattern, which he named the "Hero's Journey."
|Adolf Bastian (1826-1905)|
|Carl Jung (1875-1961)|
One of Campbell's key insights is that the "Hero’s Journey" is more than the underlying archetype of a good story; it is our internal compass that teaches us how to live well.
We as human beings are all on this universal Hero’s Journey, regardless of whether we are conscious of this fact or not.
Failure to recognize this basic premise is why many people feel that life is endlessly "doing it to us".
The Hero’s Journey is the Holy Grail buried deep within our unconscious, waiting to be unearthed. Through awakening, we realise that the Hero’s Journey provides us a rich and useful road map, based on a timeless tale of personal trials that lead to transformation, and the discovery of one’s true self - the treasure of who we really are.