First of all, I’d like to credit Kenneth “The Culture Monk” Justice for inspiring many of my thoughts here.
The Hero’s Inner Journey, as summarized by Christopher Vogler, is more difficult to write about. It is closer to everyday reality, which is not as epic or dramatic as the Monomyth cycle. But such a life is not bad; it is much more stable. These were my thoughts, along with thoughts of other commenters at Being ‘good’ is REALLY boring.
This way to death by alcohol…REALLY??? reminded me of the cycle of pride, and I realized that it could be compared to this Inner Journey cycle. I had commented on being “blinded by pride” from above (arrogance) and beneath (self-pity), and descending into some of the very addictions I despised. When I compared further, I had a thought: Vogler divided the Inner Journey into 12 steps. 12 steps… 12 Steps… hmm… shades of Bill W. here. So I’ll compare here, as follows:
- Limited awareness of problem
We admitted we were powerless over our addiction—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Increased awareness of need for change
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Fear; Resistance to Change
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Overcoming Fear
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Committing to Change
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Experimenting with new conditions
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Preparing for major change
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Big change with feeling of life and death
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Accepting consequences of new life
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- New challenge and Rededication
Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- Final attempts and Last-minute dangers
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.