Using the theme of a Hero’s Journey, let’s look at your life and see how it has gone thus far
and how it might go in the future:
Ordinary World. You start out your Journey in the normal world, with all the usual stress,
anxiety, and sadness, plus excitement, happiness, and joy that most people experience. For
the most part, you handle this just fine.
Call to Adventure. Something happens that shakes up your life, either from the outside or the
inside. You must face the possibility of a need for change. Let’s say you come home one night
and your spouse or partner tells you they want out. Or, your boss tells you that you’re fired. Or,
you receive a life-threatening diagnosis from your doctor. Or, you wake up in the middle of the
night feeling empty, fearful, and hopeless. Or, … well, I could go on and on. There are many
more examples of Calls to Adventure. But you get the idea. Take a moment now to think about
what has shaken you up recently. Does it involve a Relationship Journey? What do you think
your Call to Adventure might be?
Refusing the Call. You recognize the call but you decide to tough it out by “stuffing it down”
(I have done this many times). Or, you seek out medication from your doctor so you don’t feel
the call any more (I have done this, too). Or, you don’t really know what to do about the call, so
you suffer in silence. Or, your mind or body won’t let you recognize the call at all (“I’m fine”). In
your case, you have started to answer the call by coming to this website.
Meeting the Mentor. You contact someone like me, a mentor or Expert Guide, who helps you
understand the Journey, confirms that you are capable, and guides you on your path.
Crossing the Threshold. Once you have a better idea of what to expect along the way, you
commit to proceed on your Journey and work on your issues with me as your companion along
The cave you fear to enter
holds the treasure you seek.
~ Joseph Campbell
is transformations of consciousness.
You have been thinking one way;
you now have to think a different way.
~ Joseph Campbell
I am not discouraged, because
every wrong attempt discarded is
another step forward.
~ Thomas Edison
Believe that there is a light
at the end of the tunnel.
Believe that you might be that
light for someone else.
~ Kobi Yamada
Teachers open the door but
you must enter by yourself.
~ Chinese Proverb
to get better and who does not, each for their own reasons. With my help, you decide what to
do about that.
Approach. We work together to develop an approach that works for you in every possible
way. I call this a "Psychotherapy of One's Own." This way, after a while and when you feel
ready, you can use this approach on your own.
The Ordeal. As the name implies, this will be the hard part. You come to terms with whatever
bothers you and, with my help, figure out what to do about it.
The Reward. You begin to see and feel improvement in your situation, making changes where
necessary and feeling better about yourself. Life begins to feel different to you, lighter and
more joyful. There are many examples of Rewards.
The Road Back. You decide, with my help if you want it, when you feel ready to slow down the
process. We get you prepared for your new life outside the therapy process.
Resurrection. You decide that it is, in fact, time to stop our process and go on by yourself.
Returning with the Treasure. You feel strong enough to help others because you have
been through the Journey and know it can be done.
Next, learn what to expect along the way during your Hero’s Journey.
Should you feel like getting started right now, please call me at 760.354.9140.
|How long is a Hero's Journey?
The length of a journey varies
address an acute situation or
longer if you seek deeper life
Ph: 760.354.9140 ■ 3150 El Camino Real, Suite C, Carlsbad, California 92008 ■ Contact Dr. Dan