The Mundane World
The first part of the Hero’s Journey sees the hero in the normal world. The hero has yet to be introduced to their journey. Often they are being held in the Mundane World by forces – sometimes through ignorance of the existence of another world.
Luke Skywalker grows up on Tatooine tending to his moisture farm, living with his aunt and uncle. He is being held from his journey by his uncle who doesn’t want him to end up like his father. Harry Potter lives in London, spending a lot of his time under the stairs. His uncle doesn’t want Harry to learn about magic and tries to hold Harry in the Mundane World (or Muggle World). Nelson Mandela grew up farming in a poor village being held back from his journey by racial inequality.
The focus of the Hero Workshop is to apply the journey to all of the heroes in the world. They might be a fifth grader, or a college student, a teacher, or office slave. The fifth grader lives in the Mundane elementary school possibly being held from her journey by an uninspiring teacher. The college student may be living the life of a partying, sometimes-class-attending young adult, being held back by a lack of confidence and peer pressure. The teacher may be fifty-two and beaten down by school politics and recurring student stereotypes. The office slave may be living in a neon world – held there by the pressure to provide for his family.
Over the next week or so we’ll follow these four heroes on their respective journeys, stopping at each point to discuss.