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October 3, 2013

Hero

The archetype of the hero has fascinated, taught, even ennobled human beings for thousands of years. Appears as Christ; Athena; Krishna; Mohammed; Mary; Ulysses; Superman; Florence Nightingale; a great game hunter; Hercules; or any film or TV hero such as Captain Kirk or Dr Who. We are the hero/ine of our own life. We brave great dangers, face monsters, pass through difficult initiations. Fundamental to the whole drama of the hero/ine is the evolution of our own identity from the depths of unconscious in the physical process of conception, through to developing self awareness as an adult. To do this we face death and rebirth several times when we metamorphose from baby to child; from child to adolescent; from adolescent to adult; from adult with youthful body to ageing body. It is such an incredible journey, so heroic, so impossible of achievement, so fraught with dangers and triumphs, that it is the greatest story in the world.

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October 3, 2013