The hero journey is not really about how you have to change your life so that you become something you never were before. It is about becoming who you truly are.
In Joe Versus The Volcano, the hero in Joe—Joe’s authentic self—had gone into hiding because Joe was afraid.
How Joe Became Afraid
We find out in the session with Dr. Ellison that Joe had worked in the fire department. He left the fire department because he didn’t feel good. Dr. Ellison diagnoses Joe’s problem this way. Read more…
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As a character in the hero journey story of Joe Versus The Volcano, Dr. Ellison is the paradoxical mentor who gives the hero an essential gift that makes the journey possible.
The Mentor’s Gift In The Hero Journey
As a mentor, Dr. Ellison is both a liar and a truth teller. His money story is that he sold his soul to Mr. Granamore and is willing to lie to Joe with a made-up diagnosis. But the story is not about Dr. Ellison, and the tradeoffs he made to be Mr. Granamore’s lackey, to be willing to trade his integrity as a physician for the benefits of being Mr. Granamore’s private—and presumably well-paid—doctor. Read more…
What if the best way to change your life is to first become soul sick? Joe Versus The Volcano is a money story about soul sickness. Soul sickness is a condition brought on by selling out your authentic self for some gain. It can be money. It can be fame. It can be popularity. It can be security. Whatever it is, the price is too high.
Your Authentic Self Becomes Soul Sick
Above all, soul sickness is a state of awareness. You become soul sick when you become aware that you have compromised your true self—your authentic self—for something that is not worth the tradeoff. Read more…
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