How your search for love might be a heroic journey

Think about the ways you’ve experienced the different steps of the hero’s journey in your own search for love.

The Call to Adventure:  In what way is love the unknown?” Do you really know what you’re in for?  In what ways have you experienced love as “a place of strangely fluid and polymorphous beings, unimaginable torments, superhuman deeds, and impossible delight?”

The Refusal: Has “fear, insecurity, or a sense of inadequacy” held you back? What did you lose when you held back? How big are the stakes?

Supernatural Aid:  Does “Mother nature herself support… the mighty task?”  In what way is your search for love “riding on the great rhythm of the historical process?”  Why does it matter?

The Crossing of the First Threshold:  In what ways:

Is dating “an unknown and dangerous realm where the rules and limits are not known.”

Are relationships “zones of magnified power?”

Do you want to “remain within the indicated bounds” and “fear … the first step into the unexplored?”

Belly of the Whale:  Are you “willing… to undergo a metamorphosis?”  In what way is dating “a sphere of rebirth,” and a “life-centering, life-renewing act?”

Road of Trials: While dating have you experienced “a multitude of preliminary victories, unretainable ecstasies and momentary glimpses of the wonderful land?”  Have you failed “one or more of these tasks?”

The Meeting with the Goddess: What’s been you experience with that kind of love?  Were you one of those fortunate infants? What do you look forward to from love? If you’re a woman, think of meeting yourself as the goddess.  What is it like to carry the goddess.

Woman as Temptress: What tempts you away from relationships? To where do you retreat?  What keeps a hold on you?

Atonement with the Father:  Who or what will you have to stand up to if you want to fall deeply in love?  What are the two dragons of your “self-generated double monster?”  Why are you holding yourself back and what will it take to let go?

The Ultimate Boon:  What’s your “sustaining substance?”


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