Let’s go to the movies! And when we go, what will we see? If it’s a blockbuster, we’ll often see a similar underlying story. It’s called the hero’s journey.
The hero’s journey is a universal story. It’s found across cultures, lands, and times. This universal journey is launched with a challenge. That challenge is the “call to adventure.” The prospective hero must choose:
· Stay in his small, self-focused, ordinary world, or
· Go on a costly adventure to impact the larger world.
The journey won’t be easy. It will require sacrifice. But there is a hope of victory. Along the way, a guiding sage will help the hero. This sage will introduce the hero to friends, allies, and magical instruments.
Ultimately, the hero will prevail. He will return victorious, bringing a gift to enhance his original world. Through the journey, his original identity will become a new, enhanced identity. Externally, he will be honored. Internally, he will be transformed.