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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