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The Hero's Path - in five steps to the wholeness of the Seven

The Hero's Path

By on 9 April 2020

The Hero's Path

The Hero's Path - the path to wholeness and eternal life

The hero's path is the human being's path to wholeness. The hero sets out to bring love into all areas of his life.

The real hero ...

  • recognises the high goal of love and shows willingness to put everything he has and is on the line for it and to put his money on this one card.
  • is prepared, if necessary, to give up his small existence for the larger one.
  • trusts that love is stronger than death and that death does not have the last word. He therefore does not fear death, but trusts that it is at most the gateway to a greater, comprehensive existence.

True hero is the one who overcomes his ego in the power of love and finds eternal life.

He fearlessly sets out to overcome evil in the power of love and passes all the tests. Thus he wins the prize: the kingdom, the virgin, gold and eternal life ...

The hero's journey - the basic structure of all great traditions

All great fairy tales, myths and traditions have the same basic structure: the five phases of the hero's journey.

Mental, spiritual teachings, in which the goal is to overcome the ego, also follow the hero's path. Even the account of Jesus' life describes the five phases and thus represents a model for man's spiritual heroic path.

The hero's path leads down, from the mind (consciousness), through words and deeds, to the realm of the body and into the deepest unconscious bodily feelings and urges.

Five stages of examination between spirit and matter

The ultimate opposites of spirit and matter are symbolised in myths and traditions by heaven and earth or father and mother (see father and mother, spirit and matter).

The Hero's Path

Seven chakras for seven areas of life

Seven areas of life correspond to wholeness in earthly existence. These can be symbolically represented by the seven chakras. The hero's path corresponds to the five middle ones of the seven chakras. Man has an influence on these in his life. Once he has attained consciousness, he can decide whether he wants to live power or love in the corresponding areas of life.

Overcoming in five examination phases

Awareness of Election

So it starts with man coming to consciousness. It is about him realising that there is a higher way than just optimising for himself. With that, he also realises the higher goal:

The wholeness of the seven - love in all areas of life

The hero who has attained consciousness for a higher path is challenged to live love in all five areas of his existence. In this way he overcomes his ego and his urges.

The five examination phases at a glance:

  1. Decision for the path of love instead of power (awareness, vocation)

  2. A first, clearly recognisable outward sign (confession, initiation).

  3. Proving oneself in lack and deprivation (ash work desert).

  4. Humility and dedication of resources in success(service).

  5. Inner dying (love is stronger than death; trial by fire, crucifixion).

What follows after these five phases is beyond the hero's power:

6. resurrection into the eternal existence of love (rebirth through the "Mother").
7. access to the comprehensive spirit(ascension to the "Father")

[See also The Seven - Wholeness of Earthly Reality.]

Father and Mother and Eternal Life

If the hero has passed all five phases of the examination, then he has overcome his ego, his identity of separation. He has thus found access to his Self (see The Ego and the Self). He is born anew into the eternal existence of love ("mother", root) and gains access to the comprehensive spirit ("father", crown). These two aspects lie outside his sphere of influence.

The five phases of the Hero's Path in detail

1. awareness (vocation)

The hero comes to consciousness and recognises a higher task, his calling to the higher path of love.
The spiritual vocation is that of teacher, preacher, prophet or healer.

Examples: The higher destiny is expressed in stories through high origin (as a king's son, princess), through a vision (e.g. a dream as in Knight George and the Maiden) Jesus recognised his "true father" as a twelve-year-old in the temple.

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2. initiation, confession (baptism)

The next thing is to give a clearly recognisable sign to the outside world, a commitment to the path of love through word and deed.
Baptism is the spiritual initiation.

Examples in fairy tales and myths: The hero leaves home and goes on an adventure. The heroine shows her love and readiness for devotion. The first sexual intercourse is a sign of the path of love in the relationship. Many believers and even Jesus had themselves baptised by immersion in water as a sign of their decision.

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3. faithfulness in lack, opposition and hardship (desert)

In deprivation and hardship, the hero has the opportunity to prove himself and overcome opposition. He practices abstinence, discipline and control and shows his faithfulness by sticking to his vision.
On the spiritual path, this phase means the desert experience with fasting.

Examples: The hero/heroine has to "go through the bottom", prove himself/herself under hard conditions, in ash work, for example in the service in the kitchen of the foreign castle (The Iron Hans) or as a maid under the tyranny of a wicked stepmother (Cinderella, Snow White). Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert.

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4. dedication of resources in success (service)

Having overcome lack, he is blessed with success. Here the test is not to abuse this success for selfish purposes, that is, for the expansion of one's own power, but rather to make the resources gained available to others.
The healer and prophet performs fully empowered service through signs and wonders.

Examples: The hero in the fairy tale The iron man still keeps his head down and helps the foreign king to victory. Cinderella dances at the ball with her lover and leaves in time. Jesus resisted the temptation of power and served the people.

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5. the trial by fire (dying of the ego)

The final test is the ordeal by fire. Here the whole existence is put to the test, everything threatens to go up in flames. In this phase, the hero is tested to see whether he is prepared, if necessary, to lay down his life, indeed his entire existence, for the greater good. In doing so, he looks his own death, his ego, in the face and "dies" inwardly. It is the path of purification in the fire and the integration of the shadows (cf. The Integration of the Shadow and the Path through the Underworld). Thus the hero gains his spiritual, eternal existence.

Examples: In fairy tales The Iron John the hero is wounded as a black knight. Cinderella has to go back to her stepmother and is treated even worse. Odysseus is washed up naked on the beach of Ithaca after losing everything. His beloved wife Penelope takes him back (forgiveness is her trial by fire.) Jesus is crucified.

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This overview of the five phases of the Hero's Path:

Hero's Path Table

6. rebirth into the eternal existence of love (in life itself, "mother")

After man has looked his own death in the eye with the ego, he has "died" inwardly. But he is still alive - in spite of everything! And he recognises this life as a gift of love (for he would not actually have deserved it). This is his new birth into the existence of love, the birth of his self, his eternal soul, which is one with Christ (s. The Ego and the Self). Thus he is "born" anew in life itself, which is the great "Mother".

[read more: New Birth and Resurrection]

7. access to the all-embracing, loving consciousness ("Ascent to the Father")

Man as a hero has realised the truth about himself and experienced the much greater truth of love in it. He has now attained wisdom (knowledge/knowledge coupled with love). He has experienced forgiving father-love and integrated it. Thus he himself now carries the Father's love and forgiveness out into the world.

Wholeness and eternal life

The hero's path is the path to Kingship in one's own life.
The hero who has overcome and whose ego has died is born anew into the eternal existence of love and receives connection to the all-embracing spirit ("Father").

The Virgin and Holy Wedding - the Integration of the Unconscious into Consciousness

He has attained wholeness, found his Self and thus gained the treasure more precious than gold and gems: eternal life. With his loving consciousness ("king", "male") he has taken his kingdom, his "promised land", namely dominion over his body and his drives. With this he has integrated the unconscious ("queen", "female") and attained wholeness, "salvation", "holiness" with the Virgin. He is one, whole, in love, has united his male and his female parts in himself. This union is symbolised in fairy tales and myths by the holy wedding.

The prayer "Our Father 

The prayer "Our Father" gives a brief guide to what man's heroic journey is all about:

The prayer "Our Father

We continue with:

The first phase of the Hero's Path: Awareness - Awakening!
The heroic path of the woman
The woman as a hero
The hero's way as a way of salvation in the Bible (from 13 to 10)
The heroic way of Jesus Christ

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