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Return With The Elixir

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Today we're exploring the twelfth and final stage of being a hero (from Joseph Campbell's book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces):


12: Return With The Elixir

The hero comes back to his ordinary world, but his adventure would be meaningless unless he brought back the elixir, treasure, or some lesson from the special world. Sometimes it's just knowledge or experience, but unless he comes back with the elixir or some boon to mankind, he's doomed to repeat the adventure until he does. Many comedies use this ending, as a foolish character refuses to learn his lesson and embarks on the same folly that got him in trouble in the first place.

Sometimes the boon is treasure won on the quest, or love, or just the knowledge that the special world exists and can be survived. Sometimes it's just coming home with a good story to tell.

Here's what I want to know:

What is the special treasure, elixir, lesson or story you have to share? Are you sharing it? If so, how? If not, why not?

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