Bardic Course 11 – Exercise 1 Your Hero Journey

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  • #13797
    Mark Scales
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      Good afternoon to all

      I am just pondering over Exercise 1 Your Hero Journey (probably pondering too much) and I have over a few days really thought about the six questions and answered them honestly and truthfully about myself. I then felt the symbols naturally come to me and have drawn them as I would envisage them to appear from my thoughts on myself in these questions.

      Regarding writing your own personal myth in six stages, I was hoping I could get a little advice on how I should approach this next stage and maybe some examples of how previous students have approached this piece of learning please. I feel a little bewildered with myself as I am writing a lot of poetry and a short story book at the moment, working on them daily and enjoying it a lot, so it feels odd that I would be struggling with this task at the moment.

      I really look forward to hearing back from you and steering me back onto the right track.

      Warmest wishes
      Mark

      #13800
      True Owl
      Participant

        Hi Mark,

        Sorry if I am speaking out of turn here – Hope you don’t mind me giving some thoughts on your question on writing a personal myth.

        I’ve put this list together that might assist you in some small way :

        – Contemplate your own life story, including family matters since child-hood.

        – Write down your life story, using sub-headings for the categories below (or if possible, into the six stages as mentioned in Bardic 11) :

        – Fill out your background history : Place of birth, birth date, history of the place, family beliefs – social attitudes of the time & upbringing, with brothers & sisters.

        – Identify your family rituals through the years (birthdays, marriage, children, school, college, University, work, holidays, retirement, funerals).

        – Identify responsibilities that changed in your life as you grew up.

        – Write down any dreams or ambitions, and the impact they’ve had on your life – include successes & failures.
        Could also include interests & hobbies, etc.

        – Religious beliefs through time and how they have personally changed for you and affected your life, & the impact on your family, (ie. I grew up in a Christian family, but to my parents horror, in my teens, I changed to the ways of a nature based religion / druidry).

        – Look at how your work has progressed / changed over the years (the positions held in the past, as to those of the present – Career goals met, or not met).

        – Major events that have influenced your life, and any big changes made in your life because of them.

        – Memories – Looking back as you grow older & how things / society have changed (some things for the worse, some for the better!).

        Hope that is of help to you.

        Jules.

        #13801
        Mark Scales
        Participant

          Hi Jules

          Your message has helped me enormously thank you.

          I really appreciate you taking the time to support me as it is the first section of my bardic journey where I felt I had really hit a bit of a roadblock.

          Kindest regards to you
          Mark

          #13802
          True Owl
          Participant

            Hi Mark,

            No worries – Glad to have been of help.

            Jules.

            #14598
            James Fox
            Participant

              Yes I’ve just reached this exercise and the text seems to suggest that there will be further guidance to come, such as working examples. At first I thought that the next lesson might continue the exercise, but no. So I’m just wondering if there’s something missing at the end of the exercise.

              #14652
              True Owl
              Participant

                Hi James,

                A supplementary page has now been added for this : ‘Hero Journey Exercise’ for Booklet 11, which can be downloaded from the Package 3 section within Course Downloads.

                Blessings,
                Jules.

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