The hero...has been reborn. His second solemn task and deed. . . is to return then to us, transfigured, and teach the lesson he has learned of life renewed. . . to complete [his] adventure, [he] must survive the impact of the world. . . Powerful. . . calm and free in action. . .[he] is the conscious vehicle of the terrible, wonderful Law, whether his work be. . . butcher, jockey, or king.
—Joseph Campbell



I. The Call

II. Departure/Entry

III. The One Guide

IV. Trial

V. Passage

VI. Return

VII. Home



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I. Which of my own deepest, most personal qualities as a man link me with other men and women as we go through life together?


Friendship with oneself is all-important,...without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
—Eleanor Roosevelt
Friendship and community are, first of all, inner qualities.
—Henri J.M. Nouwen
Compassion is...the way we treat all there is in life-- ourselves, our bodies, our imaginations and dreams, our neighbors, our enemies... Compassion is... treating all creation as holy and as divine.
—Matthew Fox
Any idea, person or object can be a...mirror for a man. The tiniest flower can be such...as can a wolf, a story, a touch, a religion, or a mountaintop.
—Hyemeyohsts Storm

II. How may I express my genuine qualities as an adult man to nurture other men, women, children, animals, and the earth? What gifts for myself and my soul may I in turn receive from other people and from the earth?


If I am not for myself, who is for me?
And if I am only for myself, What am I?
And if not now, When?
Despite all my revulsions over its ugliness and injustice, and my bitterness over defeat at its hands, the world remains lovable anyway.
—James Hillman
It takes a Gothic Christ, torn by modern anguish to face the sufferings of this absurd world; a ridiculous Christ of our own neighborhood, created by a sorrowful imagination...
—Jose Ortega y Gasset tr. E. Rugg and D. Marin
When such as I cast out remorse
So great a sweetness flows into the breast
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by every thing,
Every thing we look on is blest.
—William Butler Yeats

III. Aware that everyone's life expresses his or her truth, what can I learn about myself, or about the world, from things other people say or do, that I dislike, don't understand, or disagree with?


No one can get rid of the spirit of judgment by an effort of the will
—Paul Tournier
Hatred is never anything but fear--
if you feared no one, you would hate no one.
—Hugh Downs
Only when my heart freezes
do I covet the power
to hurt an enemy
—Alden Nowlan
It is by experiencing aspects of my friends that are different from me that I expand my humanity.
—John Bradshaw

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