The Hero’s Journey: Part 4a

The Path of Trials

Now that our hero has taken the first step, the Path of Trials begins. The path contains challenges for the hero – often covering all of the mind, body, and spirit. The trials vary in difficulty and usually culminate with a challenge that the hero must face alone.

Luke Skywalker’s path takes him to the Death Star, space battles, and finally to a mission to destroy the Death Star where he ultimately succeeds by himself. William Wallace entered a number of battles (challenges) that increased in intensity and importance until his final challenge (dying with his integrity intact) is undertaken alone.

Our new middle schooler’s path takes her through peer pressure, trouble with history class, and a mean teacher. The college student encounters ridicule of his newfound confidence and positive outlook. He also battles with the temptation of binge drinking and the complexities of romantic relationships . The teacher is challenged to stay positive when school politics continues to rear its ugly head and students react poorly to the new initiatives. The office slave/entrepreneur has trouble finding clients, misses payments on some bills, battles against bouts of depression, and gets his first big sale.

5 Responses to The Hero’s Journey: Part 4a

  1. Hannah November 6, 2006 at 3:37 pm #

    I went to Shiloh last night and they’ve been studying a guy named Nehemiah. He became a hero to a nation because he gave up a safe job as a kings cupbearer to return to Jerusalem and unite a remnant to build the city wall up.

    The speaker pointed out that one of the things that made him so successful was “expecting obstacles.” He knew people were going to try and stop the project through any means possible so first he prayed, and then he took steps to make sure the people were ready for those ‘obstacles’.

    I think as anyone, it helps to know that there will be attempts to stop us from accomplishing our goal. And they might even come as distractions rather than outright attacks. And being able to recognize them helps us deal with them and keep going towards the goal.

    In most hero movies you can see where the hero is trying to get the big thing done (saving someone or something) and they have to keep battling little things (cars being thrown at them or swamps and mountains) or even the antaganist itself. But they have to keep going to reach the goal. And in most of the movies they do 🙂

    • Anonymous December 14, 2009 at 6:35 am #

      i wonder if your wall is built in your own country or not?

    • Anonymous December 14, 2009 at 6:40 am #

      I wonder if the wall was built in his own country or not?

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