Initiation and Transformation
Invites us into the adventure
May be a sudden traumatic change
May be a vague sense of discontent.
Can take many forms
Something is taken from us
Something is lacking in life
Desire to restore honor
To win rights for our people
When called to adventure, we must cross the Threshold.
The Threshold is the “jumping off point”
The gateway to the unknown
People, beings or situations that block passage
They have two functions:
Protect us from journeys we are unready for
Pointing the way
At the threshold, we will encounter helpers.
Often they bring a talisman to help us through the ordeal.
The most important of these helpers is the mentor.
Helpers and guides appear throughout the journey
The Transformation and Revelation
Once past the Threshold, we begin the journey into the unknown.
The journey can be outward into a physical unknown.
The journey can be inward to a psychological unknown.
Tempters try to pull us away from our path.
They may pretend to be a friend or helper.
They use fear, doubt or distraction.
The Abyss represents the greatest challenge in the journey.
In the Abyss the hero faces his greatest fear, and must face it alone.
Here the hero must “slay the dragon,” which often takes the shape of something he dreads, or has repressed, or needs to resolve.