You’ve achieved your heart’s desire and claimed your Treasure. And now you’re ready to make the journey back into the Ordinary World from where you came.
The Journey Home
But when you return, you’re not longer the person you used to be. You’ve been strengthened by your Hero’s Journey. And no longer is the New World the place of uncertainty it used to be, now it’s a place you know intimately, with friends and allies you can count on. You have become the master of both worlds, free to journey in between both.
If you’ve been overseas you’ll understand this feeling. Before you go, the new country might seem intimidating, you’re a little nervous, not knowing exactly what to expect. But as you travel around the country, learning its rules, you learn to adapt yourself to this new place and how to survive and thrive in it. And when you return to your home country it is no longer an unknown you’re afraid of, but a place you know you can return to with confidence.
Using Your Treasure
The Journey Home is also the time when we begin to think outside of ourselves; it’s not just about us, now how can we contribute?
You’re returning with your Treasure, what if its use isn’t limited to just you? How can you use it to help better the people living around you in the Ordinary World? Most of them have no idea what lies outside of it, and what can be possible for them if they just step outside of their comfort zones and Cross the Threshold into the New World that lies beyond.
You’ve returned with stories and experiences they can only dream of, and perhaps you stir the awakenings within some of your friends of a desire to go into the New World. But one look at your battle scars and they might be frightened off. However, you know the only secret to your success here was that you started, and figured out everything else along the way.
Who knows? You might just inspire someone to start on their own Hero’s Journey and seek their adventure. At that point, you might become the Wise Mentor to someone like someone was to you.
The treasures you’ve accumulated in your life, whether intangible like knowledge, or tangible like money, will benefit someone else out there who needs it. To whom and where can you bring the benefits of your treasures? What can you contribute, and to whom?
The Next Journey
After the return home, after the celebrations that might have greeted your return, after visiting with your old friends and family, after settling down and taking it easy for a while, you begin to get the nagging feeling again that something isn’t just quite right, that there should be something more …
Life itself is a series of journeys, and you know the journey doesn’t end here. To grow, to become more, you know you need to seek new Treasures, face down the new challengers, meet new helpers, explore new worlds and so keep on growing your skills and abilities.
So, one day, you set out on a new Hero’s Journey, and it starts again.
If you find yourself at the end of one of your Hero’s Journeys, what is the next one you can take? What is one new goal you can set that will excite you, stretch and grow you?