I have posted this quote from Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, before but I wanted to post it again. The thought is this:
The hero's journey, according to the mythology scholars, is everyone's journey. It is fundamentally a journey of the Human Spirit. The road of "spiritual discovery" is, for all of us, filled with ups and downs and many sleepless nights in between. The journey, of course, entails our search for meaning and purpose in our lives and in the lives of others. I also believe, that the "retelling" includes the timeless pursuit of happiness. Fundamental to that pursuit is the basic unit of existence, the Human Family.
Many of us have had a great start in life which wonderful parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews to help show us the way. Others, however, have not. For those who have had a shaky start, try not to give up. Try not to fall into despair and hopelessness. I believe that in some small way, the retelling of the hero's journey can help lighten your load; to illuminate your dark nights and dispel the fog of another day. Even though Book One is far from perfect, it was written, in part, to cast a light into the depths of those dark nights and to pierce the fog of your mornings. I spent the last, nearly, 30 years writing it for you!!!
Campbell said it this way in an effort to help us all on our "journey of the human spirit."
"Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world."