Call to Adventure

Call to Adventure – The Author’s Journey

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“The Call to Adventure establishes the stakes of the game, and makes clear the hero’s goal: to win the treasure or the lover, to get revenge or right a wrong, to achieve a dream, confront a challenge or change a life.”

Christopher Vogler, The Writer’s Journey

The Call to Adventure is the start of any Heroic quest.  Most often, it comes from deep within you.  The Call emerges from the part of you that has been buried, suppressed and ignored for too long.  One day it sends you a message via your unconscious mind.  It may be something significant in a dream.  On the other hand, it could be an unexpected emotional outburst.  Alternatively, it could be a gradual call, such as the slow realization about an injustice that is being done.  Similarly, you start wondering if there is more to life than you are currently experiencing.

Furthermore, Calls to Adventure come from unexpected events outside of your control.  For instance, you may lose your job, have an accident, or bad news about your health.  Other examples could be something being stolen from you, or being caught up in a natural or man-made disaster.

Heralds Present Calls to Adventure

In some instances, a herald presents you with a call to adventure.  Perhaps they issue a challenge to you.   Maybe they announce the approach of major change.  Or they warn you of danger ahead if you keep doing what you’ve always do.

Furthermore, heralds may be a family member or friend who is concerned about you.  Likewise, the herald could be a complete stranger who stirs feelings of unrest in you.  On the other hand, they could be an authority figure or expert who recognizes that all is not well with you, and you need to improve.

Do Not Ignore the Call to Adventure

In conclusion, as the Hero of Your Life Story, you choose to answer the Call to Adventure.  Most importantly, do not ignore it (often as a result of letting our fears drive us).  Almost certainly when you do, your refusal will be at your peril.  For the reason that circumstances never improve on their own.  Consequently, your reluctance to answer the Call to the Journey runs the risk of something major forcing you into action.

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