The Hero’s Journey
I wrote a much longer article about the Hero’s Journey here. This article is a brief distillation of my thoughts about what the Hero’s Journey is about in my life, and possibly all of our lives.
Primarily, the Hero’s Journey is a process, pattern of events, underlying the life of every human being. The same pattern is seen in myths and legends, which is why such stories are models for how we can live our lives. The pattern is one of Self-discovery, finding purpose and meaning, becoming an adult. The Hero’s Journey is an initiation process, away from selfish egocentrism, of constant concern for the cares and desires of the material world; thus, the Hero’s Journey is a process of spiritual integration, of Mind over Matter, of overcoming the ever-powerful fear of our own eventual untimely deaths.
The Hero’s Journey is a process of personal transformation, of becoming the Hero of our own life. In so doing, we heal both ourselves and the world, in our individual small ways. This impact is where I often get stuck, since we humans are driven by egocentrism, of wanting to see measurable impacts. The Hero’s Journey, however, shows us that when we undertake this path, we create ripples in the lives of others we cannot nor will ever see. Thus, this process of personal transformation is about becoming the most authentic version of myself so that I can shine my personal light into the world rather than my darkness.
I see myself as a despicable human being; the Hero’s Journey is a process I embrace in my quest to become the best version, example of myself, for however long I am allowed to live on this Earth. It is living a life with as few regrets as I can muster.
The Battle for my Soul
My Hero’s Journey is many things and, although our stories all share the same underlying pattern, we all take it in our own directions, at different speeds, to different ends. The Hero’s Journey is a process of finding personal meaning for me, and juxtaposed with my personal meaning stands the barrier of my ego and the many forms of addiction I find myself constantly beholden to and distracted by. Thus, creating the story of my life entails becoming the master of my domain, exercising will power whenever the sweet song of addiction lures its head.
In these videos can even be seen the evidence of my addictions. Among these are constant, looming addictions to marijuana, alcohol, and immersion in internet and other forms of technology, the evidence for some of which can be seen on these videos. Additionally, I have a problem consuming prodigious amounts of food and sugar, particularly when I am alone. In the past, my addictions have also involved an unhealthy sexual desire, excessive consumption of meat, masturbation and use of pornography, near-constant immersion in video games, and soda pop. Some of these may not be entirely bad–though I consider pornography and masturbation to be bad for me, entirely–my lesson is that they become crutches for isolating myself further from the world, coping mechanisms for loneliness.
Taking the Hero’s Journey is a constant battle for my soul, which seems as being torn asunder by the world of material pleasures and distractions. It is both a literal journey outwards and internal journey, of reconnecting with my Spirit, Soul, finding love with my father, and letting subside my egocentric desires. It is constantly trying to become a better brother and son, friend, human and, eventually, partner to some loving person. The outcome, in tangible terms, is exercising creative energy and love into the world, rather than selfish isolationism or externalized hatred.
Psilocybin and the Hero’s Journey
Psilocybin is a tool for taking the Hero’s Journey. In my experience, psilocybin shows someone the story of their life in terms of the past, a vision of the future in terms of meaning and purpose, and the means to live in the present as you step along the path towards that end. The story for the future can always change, as well, while the understanding of one’s past brings a sense of calmness and clarity to the mistakes, failures, and successes we carry along with us. One danger is that someone can get carried away with the story of the future; this can create another kind of anxiety, suffering, attachment to some projected person in the future who does not exist. Rather, the outcome of psilocybin is an ability, freedom, to live in the present. It shows me an ability to live in this present through a means which leads me to be free of the concerns of the material world, my own Path.
In this sense, psilocybin can show someone what kind of Hero they could become. This vision of our own Hero model is consistent with something within us, perhaps a dream long forgotten, given up as we slaved away in the Matrix for concerns of money, the world of materialism.
Psilocybin, then, is a way for people to opt out of the game of life we are born into: modern materialistic society. It teaches one to opt out through showing the possibility of a personally meaningful path, no longer fearing death as we instead start doing, living. We start living by becoming the creators of the rest of our lives, rather than living through the stories of others or allowing the material world to dictate and create our life.