Aug 12, 2022
Many of us understand the basic structure of what Joseph
Campbell has named "the hero's journey" and the wrestles and
transformations it requires. But one element that is usually
underemphasized is the final step in the journey, which is when the
hero returns to community. In most cases, the journeyer comes back
to the society and culture she or he had left, but even in the
cases when it isn't back where they began, their journey isn't
complete until they bring their transformed selves back to the real
world, back into community. They left "home" because their society
was sick, but now, through their journeying, they have obtained the
secret elixir, some sort of healing knowledge and power that can
overcome the disease and inspire others to go find it for
In this terrific conversation, Stephen Carter joins LDF host Dan Wotherspoon to discuss various aspects of the hero's return. Does the hero have to physically leave her or his community in order to complete their journey? And if they can't or do not want to separate physically, what sort of things are helpful in assisting them in gaining a different kind of distance and some breathing room to do their healing and gain new perspectives? How will the hero know they are ready to fully reintegrate into community? Are there clear internal signals for them to watch for?
This episode also contains an intriguing take on "judgment." How does a lens of judgment affect our experience in community, as well as in our healing work?
Listen in! You will be glad you did!