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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Before we begin

All right, I've been talking around it, but now I'm about to lay out a path to using this process, and we're going to go step by step through the stages of the Hero's Journey, and then back for the Chakras.  I'll take side trips from time to time, but it's going to be here.  Before I begin, understand that this is not some kind of cookie-cutter pattern. 
The ten steps of the Hero's Journey are like the 88 keys of a piano. You don't play each of them every time with equal emphasis.  But by understanding what each step represents, it is easy to decide how and when to use them.


Keep a journal, in which you record the events and emotions of the day.  Ask yourself how the dominant patterns of the day relate to the stage of the Hero's Journey we are discussing.  Also, when watching movies and television, or reading, ask yourself where and when the characters engage with a given stage.

Let's get going!

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