Personal Journey Summary
Please use this page to keep some of your main notes as you begin to think about the diagram as you put it all together. As you go through the various stages we’d encourage you to use this diagram to create a personal journey summary of your hero’s journey.
The goal is that you can begin to see and think about the hero’s journey in your own life.
(TO Designer – please center this diagram in the page and extend the spokes of the wheel out to create writing spaces – this should be a single page all in itself.)
Phase 1 Call to Adventure
You are at home in your ordinary world. Something happens that disrupts your thinking, your world, and your sense of what’s possible. The possibility is met with excitement but also trepidation and fear of the unknown.
- To get started – describe your ‘ordinary world’ in terms of where you grew up, the makeup of your family, and other information that stands out as far as your early upbringing.
- Describe your earliest recollection of ‘disruption’ – it can be a movie, show, book, person, or event that revealed a new way of thinking and perhaps, called you to be, act, or follow.
- Consider how you responded to the disruption. Describe your reaction.
- Describe the point in your life where you encountered God and developed a belief in him.
- Explore how the disruption event relates to (or not) your understanding of who God is.
- Take a photo of an object, place, or event that represents the emotions you felt during this time. Label the photo with the top 3 adjectives describing what you were feeling.
Pivot 1.5 Rejecting the call
Whenever we hear the call to something more, there always is a choice – do we go or not go? It is open to us to reject the call. In fact, it is a key element to the hero’s journey.
- Why do you think ‘rejecting the call’ would be part of something to do with ‘heros’? Why do you think this fork in the road is an essential part of the journey?
- Have you ever rejected the call to something? How did you feel about that fact that you did that? When you reflect back on that decision, what are the emotions attached to the memory?
- In the hero’s journey narrative, at first the hero refuses the task, but them something happens that compels them to say ‘yes’, and to go on the journey. Has this ever happened to you? Describe this pivot.
- Describe a time in your relationship with God when you felt ‘compelled’ and had to move forward against your desire not to go.
Phase 2 Supreme Ordeal / Initiation
Helpers come into our lives to listen, cajole, guide and introduce wisdom. We move forward together to the point where turning back is not an option. Along the way, there are trials, naysayers, negative voices who threaten the journey but in the end the journeyer is supported and reassured by his or her mentor and continues the journey.
- Identify key people in your journey who have spoken into your life at critical times. What qualities do those individuals have that compel you to listen and/or to accept their advice?
- Reflect on what you learnt and experienced of God’s character in and through those key relationships.
- Describe a time when you felt as though turning back was not an option.
- Describe a time when the trials, opportunities, or decisions threatened you or threatened to derail your journey.
- Take a photo of and name the texture that represents the difficulties you faced during this time. Describe your internal world – emotions, questions, processes and thoughts – as you journeyed through this phase.
Pivot 2.5 The Test is Revealed
The hero’s journey takes you towards something – a trial or a test. Many times we don’t know what that trial or testing will look like. We have been preparing, learning, and growing towards it. But just as a sword must go through the fire to be hardened into steel, so must the hero go through a testing to reveal what they have really internalized from the journey so far. When the test is revealed, it often does not look like what we thought we were preparing for.
- Have you ever prepared for a time of trial only to find out the trial is not what you thought. Describe what you thought the trail was and what the true test ended up being. Many times, when the test is revealed, so are your true allies and enemies. Has this ever happened to you? Has there been a time when you thought someone was an ally/enemy only to find out that you were mistaken?
- Has there ever been a time when you mistook the work of God or the work of the enemy? Describe what it was like to come to that realization.
- Describe a time when you realized that God was you ally. What was this like? How did you react to it?
Phase 3 Unification / Transformation
Tasks are presented that the ‘hero’ may or may not feel equipped to handle or that threaten to derail the journeyer from the journey. With the help of allies, the mentor and the journey’s compelling nature, coupled with the ‘hero’s’ courage, creativity and perseverance – the task is completed. The journey is back on track.
- Consider a time of deep struggle, describe and identify the inner resources you used to come through that struggle.
- Describe the turning point – those factors that contributed a movement from struggle to passing through.
- Reflect on the relationships with others who journeyed with you? How would you describe the depth and strength of these relationships?
- Identify specific practices (intellectual, spiritual or physical) that either your mentor or allies encouraged or you used during the suffering to sustain you and to bolster your resilience and/or resourcefulness.
- In contrast to the texture, take a photo representing that sense of relief or awe that you feel on the other side of struggle. What one word would you use to describe that feeling?
Pivot 3.5 Reward
At the end of the testing, trial, or struggle, the hero gets to take a moment and realize what has happened. The hero thinks about all that they have been through and reflect that they actually made it through.
- Think about a struggle that you made it through. How did you celebrate making it to the other side?
- Think again about that same struggle and what you learned through it. Compare and contrast who you were before it with who you were just after it.
- Many times heros get new names on the other side of their trial, to consecrate the change that has occured. Has God ever given you a new name? Have you felt ‘different’ the other side of a struggle – why? Describe that encounter and what the new name means to you.
Phase 4 Road Back / Hero’s Return.
On the way back, the journey may experience other distractions, rabbit trails, and paths that threaten to take him or her off course. The mentor and allies guide the journey back to the journey and the journeyer returns home. The victory and prize is always for the benefit of others. The hero is a ‘hero’ through their service and gifting the spoils to others.
- Describe when you realized you had come through the other side and that you were returning to ‘normal.’
- Identify those ‘triggers’ or distractors that might derail your journey, entice you to turn your head.
- Spend one hour in a public place observing people particularly their faces. While sitting there, record what the face and eyes suggest about a person and their journey.
- Now – go look in the mirror. Observe your face and eyes in relation the stories you have considered. What does your face reveal about your journey? What does you face reveal about your identity in Christ?
- Who benefited from the prize and completion of your journey?
- How can you become an ally or mentor for others to pursue their own Hero’s journey?
Reflecting and Consolidating
The hero’s journey is a fascinating narrative. It exists in every culture of humankind, in all our epic tales that call us to the adventure of life. We would argue that it is written on the hearts of humans, by God. It is a story he has given us so that we may know him.
Think about this for a moment. Every person on the planet can identify with and feels drawn to the hero’s journey. The call goes out, and we have the opportunity to answer it. As deep cries out to deep, here is our prayer for you:
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
We have asked you to reflect on your own Hero’s Journey so far as a framework for what is ahead.
Go back to the diagram that you saw at the start and revisit the notes you’ve made as you have moved through the module.
Take some time to pray and reflect on your Hero’s journey so far – and prepare yourself for what is ahead.
It may be helpful to rewatch the videos – the hero’s journey, ‘where to start’ and ‘playing my part’.
Hero’s Journey Video – https://youtu.be/SB_Q1gFsvIw
5Q Collective video – Where & How to start the journey
5Q Collective video – Playing my part
Your Personal Journey Summary is a document you will take with you into the other modules and it is will be part of your experience engaging with, and exploring, 5Q.
Please use this modules, and its stages, to help you understand and engage with your own personal 5Q journey
and that of the group or community that you’re engaging with.
We’d really recommend you consider your next steps having finished this module. We’d love to continue the journey with you.
Some options and suggestions are
- Go back over the notes in your 5Q Journal and review what you did during the module – are there any follow up conversations or actions? Any areas for further reading or reflection?
- Review this module and go back through it with a different group within your organisation
- Engage with another 5Q module
- Engage with the 5Qcollective for further training – the shorter coaching course (14 weeks – one semester) or leadership cohort (14 months – 4 semesters)
- Have our team or organisation take the 5Q Diagnostic test
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