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The hero's journey


A rite of passage

Going into the changes with a sense of joy and greater contentment

The hero's journey explicits the initiatic steps that one has to take to move from one way to experience life to another one that is larger and fuller.

In 1972, Paul Rebillot made it possible to experience the journey and the inner changes that it brings… and to familiarize onseself with the dynamics of the next passage to come.

“Again and again, I have seen the suffering and confusion caused by the lack of significant rites of passage in our society. Without shamans or ritual masters to guide them, modern women and men must find their own lonely and usually traumatic paths from one stage of life to another — whether it be a child's discovery that there is no Santa Claus, or the adolescent's awkward approach to puberty, or marriage, or the ending of a marriage, or a change of career. Each such change requires a movement from one level of being to another.

“Seeing this need, I created a rite of passage universal enough to allow people to discover the pattern of change, whatever the change might be. That pattern is exemplified in the myth of the Hero. This new stage of life to be reached calls forth a heroic action on the part of the person taking the journey. At the same time, as soon as a new goal begins to emerge, all the resistance to that goal begins to emerge as well. I call these two forces ‘the Hero’ and ‘the Demon’. In order for the new stage of being to be realized, these two forces must discover how to communicate with each other and how to work together. The old forms must fall away so that the new form can emerge.

“My purpose is to give each individual a chance to experience a rite of passage so that each can go into the changes with a sense of joy and greater contentment. My hope is that through this process each one will awaken to their own creative genius and enter into the drama of their lives with imagination and delight.”

Paul Rebillot

Bruce Mackay