Star Wars – The Hero’s Journey

Star Wars is inescapable at the moment, with the latest instalment finally arriving at cinemas this week.  With nearly 40 years having elapsed since the original film, why does it remain as popular as ever?

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I suggest that the answer to this question lies in the fact that it follows the classic path of the hero’s journey, a story that is so embedded in the collective unconscious that it feels familiar – every time we hear or see a hero’s journey story, whether that be Star Wars, The Matrix, Harry Potter or the Wizard of Oz, it feels like OUR story and we can immediately identify with it and the characters in it.

The Hero’s journey, based on universal myths and archetypes, can provide a useful blueprint for our own lives. It can provide a template for development and growth as well as a resource for overcoming barriers.  At whatever stage we are, understanding the process of the journey can give us valuable insights into our own psyche and those with whom we come into contact.

In the article which appears below we will look at the structure of the hero’s journey, and how we can apply it to ourselves. To ease our way along the path of our own hero’s journey.  It is an exptract from a larger piece originally written for NLP Master Practitioners studying the hero’s journey at UK College of Personal Development .  We hope you enjoy the excerpt below which contains a number of film clips as well as additional resources.

Remember – The Hero’s Journey is a template with which we are all already familiar.

We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the hero’s of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path”.  Joseph Campbell


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