The way of the peaceful warrior

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Joseph Campbell, a well know mythologist states in “the Power of Myth” that “a hero is someone who has given his or her life to something greater than oneself” (Campbell 151). Campbell also indicates that there are two types of hero deeds. One type is a physical deed, “in which the hero performs a courageous act in battle or saves a life” (Campbell 151). The second is a spiritual deed, “in which the hero learns to experience the supernatural range of human spiritual life and then comes back with a message” (Campbell 152). In his story “The way of the peaceful Warrior”, Dan Millman tells us about his experience with a white bearded man known as Socrates who takes him on many adventures and gives him knowledge on life. Although …show more content…

There’s no going back”(Millman 89). Dan is ready for what is next the next phase of his journey, Socrates explains “No one can help you beyond this point, Dan…you will be tested severely before it’s done. You’ll need great strength. I only hope it comes in time” (Millman 89). And so Dan took off to Los Angeles not knowing what would lie ahead. The Next step of the hero’s journey is fulfillment. When Dan gets to L.A., He buys motorcycle, one night just after leaving his parents’ house he gets into a tragic accident he ends up breaking his leg. This is when Dan enters the belly of the whale, explained by Campbell the belly is a dark and unknown place for the hero. Dan is a gymnastic gold metal Olympian with his leg broken he can’t do any of that. He comes to a realization that everything that he has done and worked for might have been for nothing when the doctor tells him he can start forgetting about gymnastics. In the fulfillment stage Dan will undergo on series of trials to better himself to see what he really wants and to see if he’s really committed, Campbell explains, “The trials are designed to see to it that the intending hero should really be a hero…does he have the courage, the knowledge, the capacity, to enable him to serve” (Campbell 154). When Dan makes his decision that nothing will stop him from achieving what he wants not even his broken leg he begins his training with Socrates. Socrates first tells him that he


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